500.125       EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION POLICY

 

A.   policy statement

 

Wenatchee Valley College is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the policies and procedures that promote equal employment opportunity and to operating in compliance with state and federal law.  This policy of equal opportunity applies to, and must be an integral part of, every aspect of human resource policy and practice in the employment, development, advancement, and treatment of employees and applicants for employment at the college.  The ultimate goals of the affirmative action program are to:

 

1.   Meet goals set in the college’s affirmative action plan of underrepresented women, minorities, people with disabilities and qualified covered veterans.

2.   Ensure equality at Wenatchee Valley College.

3.   Avoid discrimination, either intentional or inadvertent.

4.   Develop a workforce that is truly representative of all segments of the college’s service area.

5.   Enhance the operation of college’s services.

 

B.   Definitions

 

1.   Affirmative action is a program of positive action, undertaken with conviction and effort, to overcome the present effects of past practices, policies or barriers to equal employment opportunity and to achieve the full and fair participation of women, Blacks, Asians, Hispanics, persons with a disability, and any other protected groups found to be underutilized in the work force or affected by policies and practices having an adverse impact.

 

2.   Equal employment opportunity is employment of individuals without consideration of race, creed, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, parental status or families with children, marital status, sex (gender), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, genetic information, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, or any other prohibited basis per RCW 49.60.030, 040.

 

C.   Affirmative Action Program

 

The college has created an affirmative action plan that identifies achievements made, through the application of our good faith efforts, to create a workforce that meets or exceeds the availability of protected groups.  We also recognize the hiring difficulties experienced by some groups and set goals to achieve the full and fair utilization of these persons in the workforce.

 

D.   Responsibility

 

The human resource office is responsible for the implementation of the affirmative action program, including assuring that recruitment activities reach appropriate sources of job candidates; providing training and advice to managers and supervisors to assure their understanding and implementation of the college's policy of equal opportunity and affirmative action.

 

E.   RESOLUTION OF COMPLAINTS

 

The college recognizes the right of individuals or groups to raise questions and pursue complaints of discrimination and adheres to a strict policy that prohibits retaliation for doing so.  Questions, complaints of alleged discrimination, or concerns regarding this policy or its implementation may be directed to the Executive Director of Human Resources, Reagan Bellamy, Wenatchi Hall, 1300 Fifth Street, Wenatchee, WA 98801, (509) 682-6445 (Voice) or (509) (509) 682-6837/(509) 682-6853 (TDD).

 

F.   DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

 

Any individual in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the college or termination of employment.

 

Persons who threaten or retaliate against an individual who makes a complaint of discrimination, or cooperates in an investigation of such complaint, constitutes a separate violation and may result in a disciplinary action independent of the outcome of a complaint.

 

Adopted by the board of trustees: 9/12/01

Revised and changed title; approved by the president’s cabinet: 9/10/10

Adopted by the board of trustees: 10/20/10

 

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  000.330    Nondiscrimination and Harassment

  000.340    Sexual Harassment

1000.350    Complaint Procedure for Discrimination and Harassment

1400.100    Student Rights and Freedoms