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Reaffirmation of UC San Diego's Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy

University of California, San Diego


 May 5, 2017


SUBJECT: Reaffirmation of University of California, San Diego’s Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy

As Chancellor, I am taking this opportunity to reaffirm UC San Diego's commitment to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. The University's policies of Nondiscrimination in Employment and Affirmative Action state, in relevant part, the following:

It is the policy of the University not to engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed by or seeking employment with the University of California on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, pregnancy (includes, but is not limited to pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth), physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services (as defined by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994). This policy applies to all employment practices, including recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, merit increases, salary, training and development, demotion, and separation.  This policy is intended to be consistent with the provisions of applicable State and Federal laws and University policies.  

University policy also prohibits retaliation against any employee or person seeking employment for bringing a complaint of discrimination or harassment pursuant to this policy. This policy also prohibits retaliation against a person who assists someone with a complaint of discrimination or harassment, or participates in any manner in an investigation or resolution of a complaint of discrimination or harassment.  Retaliation includes threats, intimidation, reprisals, and/or adverse actions related to employment.

People who believe they have been subjected to discrimination have a right to file a grievance under applicable UC San Diego policies and regulations. Applicable policies for academic and staff employees are listed below.  In addition, employees may seek assistance in resolving concerns by contacting either Talent Acquisition & Equal Opportunity Services (eosaa@ucsd.edu or 858-534-3694), or the Office for the Prevention of Harassment & Discrimination (OPHD) (ophd@ucsd.edu or 858-534-8298). Concerns may also be reported online using the Report Bias online form which may be found at OPHD's website (http://ophd.ucsd.edu/reportbias.asp).  

In addition, it is the policy of the University to undertake affirmative action, consistent with its obligations as a Federal contractor, for minorities and women, for persons with disabilities, and for protected veterans (veterans with disabilities, recently separated veterans, active duty wartime or campaign badge veterans, Vietnam era veterans, or Armed Forces service medal veterans). The University commits itself to apply every good faith effort to achieve prompt and full utilization of minorities and women in all segments of its workforce where deficiencies exist. These efforts conform to all current legal regulatory requirements, and are consistent with University standards of quality and excellence.

In compliance with Federal regulations, UC San Diego prepares and maintains written affirmative action plans. While all managers and supervisors have responsibilities and accountability to ensure equal opportunity and affirmative action programs are implemented, responsibility and accountability for overseeing and monitoring the effectiveness of staff and academic Affirmative Action Plans, including program accessibility for persons with disabilities, has been assigned as follows:

  •  Peter Cowey, Interim Executive Vice Chancellor - Academic Affairs, Academic Affairs Action Coordinator, and Section 504 Coordinator for Faculty, 105 University Center, Mail Code 0001, (858) 534-3130
  • Becky Petitt, Vice Chancellor - Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer, Academic Affairs, 109 University Center, Mail Code 0056, (858) 822-3542
  • Juan C. González, Vice Chancellor - Student Affairs and Section 504 Coordinator for Students, 112 University Center, Mail Code 0015, (858) 534-4370
  • Catherine Ledford, Assistant Vice Chancellor - Human Resources, 10280 N. Torrey Pines Road, Suite 265A, Mail Code 0922, (858) 534-0286
  • Redick Edwards, Senior Operations Manager, Talent Acquisition & Equal Opportunity Services, 10280 N. Torrey Pines Road, Suite 404, Mail Code 0923, (858) 534-1923
  • Carla Solomon, Director, Office of Academic Diversity and Equal Opportunity, 302 University Center, Room 104, Mail Code 0065, (858) 534-3623
  • Melissa Williams, Director, Disability Counseling and Consulting, 10280 N. Torrey Pines Road, Suite 348, Mail Code 0944, (858) 534-6743 
  • Jennifer Broomfield, Director, Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination, 201 University Center, Mail Code 0024, (858) 534-8298

I strongly support this policy and reaffirm that UC San Diego will continue to implement fair employment practices in all Human Resources activities. The success of the UC San Diego equal employment opportunity and affirmative action program requires ongoing commitment on the part of everyone. Please join me in supporting our commitment to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action at UC San Diego.


Pradeep K. Khosla


Applicable UC San Diego Academic and Staff Grievance Policies

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