UIW is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in employment, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sex, gender, age, or religion (except in limited circumstances when religious preference is both permitted by law and deemed appropriate as a matter of University policy.)
This policy refers without reservation to all recruitment, selections and placements, training, promotions, compensation, benefits, transfers, reductions-in-force, terminations, recreation activities and any other matters affecting employees. This policy is administered to provide employees with the necessary opportunities for growth and advancement on the basis of individual merit, ability and capability.
Discrimination and harassment are contradictory to the mission of UIW and will not be tolerated. UIW complies with all applicable federal and state nondiscrimination laws, and does not engage in prohibited discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender, age, disability, genetic information or other protected status in either employment or the provision of services. As a Catholic institution of higher education sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, UIW is, however, exempt from the prohibition against religious discrimination of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and some provisions of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
With respect to government contracts and in accordance with 41 CFR Section 60-1.5, it shall not be a violation of the equal opportunity clause required by Executive Order 11246 for UIW to establish a hiring preference for applicants of the Catholic faith. UIW reserves the right to exercise this hiring preference as required to maintain its Catholic identity.
UIW is firmly committed to a working and learning environment free from all forms of discrimination and harassment, whether based on sex, gender, race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, citizenship status, age, genetic information or disability. This policy against any harassment includes but is not limited to derogatory comments and physical abuse.
UIW is also committed to a strict policy that prohibits retaliation against current or former employees because they opposed any practice of discrimination or harassment made unlawful under federal or state law; filed a charge of discrimination alleging such practice; testified or participated in any manner in any investigation undertaken by UIW. UIW will respond appropriately to any acts of discrimination and retaliation of which it becomes aware.