Policy Number: 1.100

Policy Name: Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

Original Adoption: January 1, 1991

Revised: August 27, 1997

Next Scheduled Review: September 2020

Responsible Cabinet Member: President

Department/Office: President's Office

National Park College is an equal opportunity institution with an Affirmative Action Policy which will be followed. It supports the goals of equal opportunity and affirmative action in its employment practices, and educational programs and activities.

Both in terms of staff and programs, the College endorses the principles, goals, and objectives of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. The College continues to take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed and that employees are treated during employment without regard to their race, creed, color, sex, age, disability, national origin, or religion.

Further, no person in any educational program or activity conducted by the College shall be discriminated against or denied equal access or equal opportunity.

When an opening occurs, whether faculty or staff, supervisory personnel, in conjunction with the appropriate Vice President or director, develop a job description, identify the desired qualifications and set forth criteria for the selection process. Consideration is given to assure that all affirmative action requirements for minority applicants are met. Further, provisions are made for recording and preserving detailed records of the recruiting and recommending process. It is institutional policy that this be done for all full-time positions through properly constituted search committees.

Since the College was declared a state agency, compensation and fringe benefits are primarily determined and set by the Arkansas General Assembly. The person recommending employment will be responsible for providing current information regarding fringe benefits, etc. By formal action the Board of Trustees adopted an Affirmative Action Policy (Appendix A), which ensures procedure for equal treatment of all employees.