Institutional Equity

The University of Pittsburgh has established a policy of equal employment for all its employees and of nondiscrimination in all areas in which this institution provides services. Under this policy, the University has committed itself to make all decisions related to recruitment, hiring, promotions, and other terms or conditions of employment and contractual arrangements without discrimination on the bases of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, sex, age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability, or veteran status, and to take affirmative steps to achieve diversity.

To that end, on February 28, 1992 the Board of Trustees of the University of Pittsburgh passed a resolution reaffirming the University's commitment to affirmative action and resolved that:

[The University] shall continue to take positive steps to achieve diversity in the racial/ethnic and sex composition of its work force at all levels; enhance opportunities for enrolling, retaining, and graduating students from underrepresented groups; provide accessibility and accommodation to individuals with disabilities; create a campus environment free of bigotry and harassment; and engage minority and women-owned businesses as vendors and suppliers.

The affirmative action recruitment and hiring procedures for faculty and academic/executive administrative positions are defined in Recruitment: Faculty Positions AC 53 (formerly 02-02-15).

While the ultimate responsibility resides with the Chancellor, the Office of Institutional Equity provides leadership, coordination, and oversight for the University's affirmative action program. However, given the size, complexity, and collegial nature of the University, the Office of Institutional Equity cannot do this alone. The University community contributes to the University's commitment to affirmative action through the work of senior administrative officers, managers, supervisors, and various University-wide, school, departmental, and student committees and groups as well as individual faculty, staff, and students. The University's commitment to equal opportunity and diversity through affirmative action will continue to be a principal component in the University's strategic planning efforts.

For additional information, refer to Nondiscrimination, Equal Opportunity, and Affirmative Action CS 07 [PDF] (formerly 07-01-03); or contact the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, telephone 412-648-7860.