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Affirmative Action Program

4. Purpose

The purpose of this AAP is for UHV is to reaffirm its continuing commitment to the principles of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action and to ensure full utilization of women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans in all aspects of the System. Since UHV is a federal contractor and recipient of federal funds and is subject to the requirements for federal contractors under Executive Order 11246 and OFCCP implementing regulations, UHS has developed UHV’s AAP that meets the requirements of Executive Order 11246 and OFCCP Title 41 C.F.R. § 60.

Federal guidelines define an AAP as “a set of specific and result-oriented procedures to which a contractor commits [itself] to apply every good faith effort . . . to achieve prompt and full utilization of minorities and women, at all levels and all segments of [its] workforce where deficiencies exist…” (41 C.F.R. 60-2.10).

This process requires an analysis of the present employment of women and minorities  at UHV to see if there are areas where these groups are considered to be “underutilized.”  Underutilization exists when fewer members of those protected classes are employed in job groups than would be expected, given their availability (with the requisite skills to perform the job) in the relevant recruitment area and labor pools. If underutilization is found, the System will use its best efforts to develop and implement procedures designed to increase the number of qualified women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veteran employment candidates in the applicant pool, which may include the establishment of placement goals for those members where needed. Most importantly, this program provides mechanisms which enable the System to continually monitor and evaluate its employment practices to ensure they are free of bias and discrimination based on race, color, sex, genetic information, religion, age, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected status. Further, the University of Houston System and all of its component campuses, forbids discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

This AAP applies to the operations of all organizational units and administration of UHV for the period of March 21, 2014 – March 20, 2015.  UHS in conjunction with UHV, maintains and renews the Program annually.  This AAP is available for inspection Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Human Resources Department, University West, Room 117A, 3007 N. Ben Wilson, Victoria, TX 77901 or the Office of Equal Opportunity Service which is located at 153 Student Services Center 2, Houston, Texas 77204-3020.

Copies of this program are distributed internally to various members of the System and UHV community.  Additional questions about this plan can be addressed to the Office of Equal Opportunity Service at (713)743-8835.