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900.16 - Equal Employment Opportunity & Non Discrimination Policy

University Group Policy #900.16

I.    Executive Summary

It is the policy of the State of North Carolina to provide equal opportunity in education and employment to all qualified persons and to prohibit discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information or political affiliation, except where religion, sex or age are bona fide job-related employment requirements. Winston-Salem State University prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. The Director of EEO/AA and Diversity Officer has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies and to serve as the overall campus Title IX Coordinator, EEO/AA, and Diversity Officer. For further information on notice of nondiscrimination, contact the campus Title IX Coordinator, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity 115 Blair Hall, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 27110, 336-750-8759 or visit Office of Civil Rights - Department of Education.

II.  Policy Statement

In furtherance of this policy, Winston-Salem State University prohibits retaliatory action of any kind taken by any employee of Winston-Salem State University against any other employee or applicant for employment because that person made a charge, testified, assisted or participated in any manner in a hearing, proceeding or investigation of employment discrimination.

To ensure that equal employment opportunity exists throughout the university, a results-oriented program will be implemented to overcome the effects of past discrimination and to eliminate any artificial barriers to employment opportunities for all qualified individuals that may exist in any of our programs. This program shall ensure greater utilization of all persons by identifying the underutilized groups in the workforce and making special efforts to increase their participation in recruitment, selection, training and development, upward mobility programs, and many other terms, conditions, or privileges of employment.


III.    Roles and Responsibilities

Program objectives and timetables shall be established to reduce and eliminate underutilization through the equal employment opportunity plan and program. Responsibility for the development of this plan and program is assigned to the Equal Employment Officer. However, responsibility for the implementation of and compliance with this plan and program will be shared by all managers and supervisors. The equal employment opportunity program will be evaluated and monitored continuously. Periodic reports on the progress of this program will be presented to the Chancellor by the Equal Employment Officer.

Any individual with a concern, grievance, or complaint of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation should seek redress through the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action & Diversity.

IV.     Applicability

This policy applies to all Winston-Salem State University faculty, students, and staff.

V.    Compliance

This is in keeping with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, Executive Order 11246, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1988, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, NC G.S. 126- 16 and 126-17, and other applicable Federal and State laws. Consistent with the policy of the State of North Carolina, WSSU is an equal opportunity employer.

Responsible Division: Vice Chancellor & Chief of Staff

Authority: Chancellor


  • Adopted February 26, 2001
  • Amended February 24, 2012
  • Amended June 21, 2013
  • Amended December 19, 2014