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Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

Access, Diversity & Equity


Contents


Introduction

Authority: C.R.S. § 23-54-102, et seq. (2002) authorizes the Trustees of Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) to establish rules and regulations to govern and operate the University and its programs. The Trustees retain authority to approve, interpret, and administer policies pertaining to the governance of the University. The Trustees grant authority to the President of MSU Denver to approve, administer, and interpret policies pertaining to the operation of the University.

Purpose: MSU Denver's Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Statement establishes an Equal Opportunity Program in compliance with state and federal employment law. This policy affirms MSU Denver’s commitment to foster equality of employment and educational opportunity at the University.

Scope: This policy applies to all members of the University community, including current and prospective employees and students.


Roles and Responsibilities

Responsible Executive: President

Responsible Administrator: Chief Equal Opportunity Officer

Responsible Office: Office of Equal Opportunity

Policy Contact: Office of Equal Opportunity, 303-615-0036


Policy Statement

Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) has a continuing moral and legal obligation to foster equality of employment and educational opportunity at the institution and to ensure that no one is discriminatorily excluded from its programs or activities because of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, Vietnam-era veteran status, disabled veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expressions. All members of the University community are therefore expected to comply with the provisions of this Affirmative Action Program, as well as with federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination in employment and education.

In keeping with these obligations, all employment‑related actions, including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, salary and benefit plans, and terminations are to be administered in a manner calculated to promote equal employment opportunity. Employment‑related decisions will, moreover, be made without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, Vietnam-era veteran status, disabled veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expressions, and will be based solely on valid, nondiscriminatory criteria and requirements.

MSU Denver will also take whatever steps are necessary to prevent unlawful discrimination in its educational, social, and recreational programs and activities.

To assist the University to achieve these goals, an Equal Opportunity Office has been established to educate the University community in implementing affirmative action; to monitor institutional practices and procedures; to review and report on the University's implementation of the affirmative action program delineated by this Program; to recommend measures necessary to ensure compliance with this Program and federal and state law; and to mediate, hear, and recommend resolution of complaints of unlawful employment and educational discrimination.

MSU Denver community members are urged to familiarize themselves with this Program and with federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination. All employees and students are responsible for ensuring that all current and prospective members of the MSU Denver community receive equal access to employment and educational opportunities. Each member of the MSU Denver community should make every good faith effort to implement MSU Denver’s Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Diversity Programs. Allegations of discrimination should be reported to the University’s Office of Equal Opportunity.


Related Information

  • MSU Denver Equal Opportunity Grievance Procedures and Forms
  • Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act, C.R.S. § 24-34-401 et seq.
  • Title I and Title V of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended
  • Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended
  • U.S. Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended
  • U.S. Equal Pay Act of 1963, as amended
  • Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended

Policy History

Effective: March 5, 2018

Approved by: President

Review Schedule: This policy will be reviewed every three years or as necessary to conduct University operations.


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