Definition: Affirmative Action

University policy requires the University to take specific steps to ensure that certain groups of people who have been discriminated against in the past are provided an equal opportunity to participate in employment, education, and all University-related benefits. The purpose of affirmative action is to remove the barriers that have excluded people from full participation.

Religious and U.S. Public Holidays, 2017-18

This is a list of the major Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, Christian, and Orthodox Christian holidays and U.S. public (Federal) holidays. Note: What constitutes a “major” religious observance will change over time as our culture grows and evolves. For a more comprehensive list of religious observances and celebrations, go to Religious Observances Dates.

Religious Holiday Calendar

EOAA encourages staff and faculty to consult the following calendars before scheduling events or exams.

The University is required to accommodate student and employees’ sincerely held religious observances or practices, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the work or business of the University. Refer to the page on Religious Accommodation Resources for University policies regarding staff and student absences for attending religious observances.

Summary of Search Process

A Brief Summary of the Recruitment and Selection of Faculty and Academic Professional and Administrative Employees (view HR Policy)

In accordance with college or administrative unit procedures and online employment process, the completed requisition is to be routed within the unit to secure all appropriate approvals prior to posting and advertising the position and to other approvals/reviews as required by collegiate and university guidelines.

Affirmative Action in the Search Committee Process

  • University mission.  Equity and diversity are central to the University’s accomplishment of its educational, research and outreach mission.  This is recognized in Board of Regents' policies, in statements by the President and in the University’s strategic positioning process.   Search committees are an important mechanism for achieving equity and diversity. 

Affirmative Action

Equal Opportunity Statement

Long Form

(for use in collegiate bulletins, employee handbooks and application forms)

The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Disability Access Statement

For conferences, events, and activities, have someone in the unit be responsible for handling requests. In publishing registration brochures, invitations, or fliers use the following statement:

To request disability accommodations, please contact (name, department, address, phone number).




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