1.02 Equal Employment Opportunity

Origination date: 10/1/93
Revised: 12/22/1999, 1/1/2000
Applicability: Academic Professionals, Administrators, Classified Staff, Faculty, Service Professionals


The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 503

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504


The purpose of this policy is to communicate Northern Arizona University’s commitment to equal employment opportunities.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The university is an equal employment opportunity employer. University policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran status or sexual orientation. The university bases employment decisions solely upon the individual’s qualifications for the position being filled. The university recruits, hires, and promotes for all job classifications without regard to race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran status or sexual orientation, except as affirmative action, legal requirements or carefully analyzed and thoroughly documented bona fide occupational qualifications permit or where an individual’s disability would prevent him/her from successfully performing the essential functions of the position to be filled despite reasonable accommodation by the university. 

Affirmative Action

Pursuant to Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act, and their implementing regulations, the university takes affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified women, persons of color, individuals with disabilities, and Vietnam-era and special disabled veterans at all levels within the organization. 

Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed into law effective July 26, 1992, established a clear, comprehensive federal prohibition of discrimination against persons with disabilities. Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, which also prohibit discrimination against persons with disabilities, also apply to the university. Pursuant to those laws, the university prohibits discrimination and provides equal access to persons with disabilities in admissions, employment, educational programs and activities, and public programs and activities.

With respect to employment, the university prohibits discrimination against a qualified individual with a disability in regard to hiring, compensation, advancement, training, and other terms or conditions of employment. The university provides reasonable accommodation for the known physical or mental limitations of qualified applicants or employees with a disability, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the university. In determining whether and what type of reasonable accommodation may be appropriate, supervisors shall notify the Equity and Access Office or the Human Resources Department for assistance.