Executive Order 11246 (1965) & Affirmative Action
Executive Order 11246, requires every nonexempt Federal government contract to contain provisions barring contractors from discriminating against employees or applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. It mandates the use of affirmative action to ensure that applicants and employees are employed without regard to those factors. The Order further prohibits discrimination in Federal employment on the basis of race, color, religion, or national origin and delegates authority to the U.S. Civil Service Commission to provide for the prompt, fair, and impartial consideration of all complaints of discrimination in Federal employment.
Definition of Affirmative Action
Affirmative Action is positive actions or activities to undo the present affects of past discrimination. It is proactive and aggressive step through outreach and support of community action programs to develop efforts that consider women and minorities currently not in the workforce.
An Affirmative Action program is a set of specific and result-oriented procedures to which a contractor commits itself to apply every good faith effort. The objective of those procedures plus such efforts is equal employment opportunity. (Title 41, 60-2.10 CFR)
Purpose of Affirmative Action
The University of Scranton has developed and implemented an Affirmative Action Plan that is designed to accelerate the achievement of equal Opportunity of women, for persons of color, for disabled persons, disabled veterans, and for veterans of the Vietnam era. The success of the Affirmative Action Plan depends upon full and effective employment of qualified persons regardless of race, color, age, gender, religion, national origin, or ancestry.
The University's Affirmative Action Plan regarding persons with disabilities, disabled veterans, and Vietnam Era veterans is integrated in this Affirmative Action Plan. A special section addresses these groups.
The University of Scranton complies with the letter and spirit of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VI, Title VII, Title IX Executive Orders 11246 and 11375, SEctions 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Readjustment Act of 1974, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 as amended in 1978 and 1986, the Immigration Reform Act of 1987, the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, and all the civil rights laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
This Affirmative Action Plan and program will support and further the purpose of the University by:
- developing further strategies to attract minorities and women to apply for positions at the University of Scranton,
- reviewing the personnel activities annually to determine whether desired results are being achieved,
- continuing to improve methods for recruiting and selecting employees to give all possible consideration to qualified minority and female candidates,
- informing the campus community of the importance of and progress on our Student Affirmative Action Plan and Policy.