January 15, 2021

Reaffirmation of Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy

Dear colleagues:

With the start of the new calendar year and the spotlight 2020 shed on the work that still needs to be done to end systemic racism and other forms of discrimination, it is essential that we ensure that everyone at UCI is supported in their research, career, and educational pursuits with equal opportunity and in an environment free from all forms of discrimination and harassment.

Discrimination, harassment, or retaliation based on a protected basis, including race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, gender transition status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), genetic information (including family medical history), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services, including protected veterans, is prohibited by law and university policy. UCI takes allegations of discrimination seriously and will respond promptly and effectively to reports and take appropriate action to prevent, to correct, and when necessary, to discipline behavior that violates university policy.

All university employees (“Responsible Employees”) must make a report to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (OEOD) when they learn through the course of their employment of an incident of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation involving students. Supervisors, faculty, Human Resources, and UCIPD have a further duty to report all incidents involving any other person affiliated with the university. Reporting to OEOD ensures a consistent university response and that those affected by discrimination or harassment can learn about their rights, options, and resources.

For more information on our nondiscrimination and affirmative action policies and UCI Guidelines on Discrimination and Harassment or to make a report, please contact OEOD.

Additionally, as a federal contractor and in alignment with federal regulations, the university undertakes affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity in employment for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans. More information can be found on the OEOD Affirmative Action website. For assistance with affirmative action efforts, contact your equity advisor, human resources personnel, or OEOD.

It is everyone’s responsibility to maintain a discrimination-free community at UCI. We must sustain a climate that respects civil rights, values diversity, and fosters inclusion to help propel our university into its brilliant future. Therefore, please join me in reaffirming this important commitment.

Chancellor Howard Gillman