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Affirmative Action Policy

Category Human Resources
Type Policy
Approved by Council, August 1994
Date Policy Took Effect 1 October 1994
Last Approved Revision 31 October 2007
Sponsor Director of Human Resources
Responsible Officer Manager Recruitment, Development and Equity
Review Date 31 October 2013

Purpose

To affirm the University’s commitment to the principle of Affirmative Action in the advertising, selection, appointment and promotion processes for academic and general staff.

Organisational Scope

This policy applies University-wide.

Policy Content

The University of Otago, in line with its policy on Equal Employment Opportunities and Equal Educational Opportunities Policy, is committed to the principle of Affirmative Action in the advertising, selection, appointment and promotion processes for academic and general staff.

Affirmative Action is defined as recognising membership of an under-represented group as a factor to be taken into account in addition to competence and merit; i.e. all other things being equal, membership of an under-represented group will be taken into consideration.

Affirmative Action aims to redress any identified imbalance of representation from under-represented groups that may be found and to break down barriers to equality of opportunity in employment and education.

Related Policies, Procedures and Forms

Equal Employment Opportunities Policy

Contact for Further Information

If you have any queries regarding the content of this policy or need further clarification, please contact the Manager Recruitment, Development & Equity at denise.lindsay@otago.ac.nz or 03 479 5431.