Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
Boston University has been dedicated to equal opportunity since its founding. Since 1869, the University has maintained an open door to students without regard to race, sex, creed, or other irrelevant criteria. In order to maintain this tradition, it is the policy of Boston University to promote equal opportunity through a positive, continuing program of specific practices in educational programs and employment designed to ensure the full realization of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, age, disability, or veteran status.
The purpose of this policy is to avoid discrimination and to extend equal opportunity to all individuals on the basis of individual merit and qualifications. Officers of the University and all Deans, Directors, Department Heads, and Managers are responsible and accountable for the proper implementation of equal opportunity and affirmative action in their respective areas and are expected to exercise leadership towards their achievement.
In order to maintain its policy of equal opportunity, Boston University will continue to take active measures to ensure that personnel actions (such as recruitment, testing, selection, placement, training programs, promotions, transfers, layoffs, recalls, terminations, and disciplinary actions), educational programs, tuition remission, financial assistance, social and recreational programs, employee benefits, and compensation are fairly and equitably applied in conformity with all applicable state and federal laws.
The coordination and implementation of this policy at Boston University is the responsibility of the Executive Director of Personnel and Affirmative Action. To carry out this responsibility, a reporting and monitoring procedure has been instituted to measure progress in attainment of stated affirmative action goals and objectives by all units and departments. Reports are available upon request in the Office of Human Resources. Equal employment opportunity and affirmative action are not only legal, moral, social, and economic necessities, they are principles underlying the founding and continuing operation of this University. I am personally committed to these principles, as are the Board of Trustees, as a corporate group and as individuals. It is expected that every employee of Boston University will share this commitment and cooperate fully in assisting the University to meet its equal opportunity and affirmative action objectives.