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Affirmative Action and Diversity; Director's Commitment Statement

Affirmative Action and Diversity; Director's Commitment Statement

As Director of Ohio State University Extension, I feel it is important to reconfirm Extension's commitment to affirmative action/diversity. Words alone will not achieve our goal of establishing a diverse community in which each employee can learn, grow, and prosper in an atmosphere of mutual respect, civility, and intellectual challenge. I want OSU Extension to vigorously pursue programs and practices that assure an environment free of the barriers of discrimination in education and employment.

Accordingly, it is the policy of Ohio State University Extension to ensure equal employment and educational opportunity for all persons without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The policy applies to all levels of personnel administration including but not limited to: recruitment, hiring, training, classification, compensation, benefits, promotions, transfers and layoffs.

The Ohio State University Extension will not tolerate any harassment, intimidation, discrimination, or retaliation against applicants, employees, or students who exercise any right protected by Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act or Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veteran's Readjustment Assistance Act, as amended, such as filing a complaint or assisting the administration of any of the above acts, as amended.

More information is available on the Extension Human Resources web site http://extensionhr.osu.edu/diversity.htm.

Keith L. Smith

Updated March 2013