Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action

Systemwide Employee Relations in Office of the President supports systemwide compliance with the law and spirit of equal opportunity and affirmative action as it relates to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran, or other protected veterans.

In collaboration with lead officers at all locations, the Office of the General Counsel and Academic Personnel, our office provides support for the management of the University’s affirmative action programs, including the annual preparation of the federal affirmative action plan. Additionally, our office is one of the institutional points of contact for federal and state agencies for equal opportunity and affirmative action compliance inquiries and compliance confirmation for UC Office of the President. Click this link for a full list of all EEO/AA Officers throughout the system.

It is the policy of the University of California to undertake affirmative action, consistent with its obligations as a Federal contractor, for minorities and women, for persons with disabilities, and for protected veterans. The university commits itself to apply every good faith effort to achieve prompt and full utilization of minorities and women in all segments of its workforce where deficiencies exist. These efforts conform to all current legal and regulatory requirements, and are consistent with university standards of quality and excellence.

Our obligations in this area stem from not only adherence to various state and federal regulations, but also from our commitment to create a culture of inclusiveness and diversity where members of our community thrive and are able to reach their full potential.

Key policies covering nondiscrimination, affirmative action and disability

  • Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace (pdf).
    It is the policy of the university not to engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with the University of California. In addition, it is the policy of the university to undertake affirmative action, consistent with its obligations as a Federal contractor.
  • UC Policy on Reasonable Accommodation (pdf)
    The policy addresses when the university and the employee will engage in an interactive process to identify possible options for reasonably accommodating an employee’s disability.
  • Bargaining Units
    Employees represented by a union may refer to their collective bargaining agreement.
  • FAQs
    Frequently Asked Questions for Academic & Staff Employees-Self-Identification Surveys
  • Gender Inclusion
    UC is committed to creating and sustaining an environment that supports and values all members of our community, including visitors. Gender inclusion requires providing access and equality by creating an environment that is safe, accessible, and respectful of all individuals. Employees who have concerns or questions regarding gender identification in the UC system, including but not limited to gender identity or gender expression updates and/or name updates, should contact John I. Sims, Systemwide AA/EEO Compliance Specialist, University of California, Office of the President, (510) 987-0477, John.Sims@ucop.edu or your local EEO officer. Click this link for contact information for EEO/AA Officers.
  • Resources
    Transgender Rights in the Workplace 
    Providing Gender Inclusive Facilities, UC Facilities Manual