The primary mission of the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) is to advance James Madison University's affirmative action goals and commitment to diversity and to ensure that the university fulfill its obligation under the law to prohibit discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of  race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, parental status, political affiliation and any other characteristic protected by university policies and/or state and federal laws.

The following principles guide the Office of Equal Opportunity’s mission:

  • Diversity is not defined exclusively by race or gender. It also encompasses a wide variety of other factors and characteristics, including (but not limited to) age, sexual orientation, veterans status, disabilities, and national origin or ancestry.
  • A commitment to diversity is a commitment to all employees.
  • Diversity among staff, students and faculty offers JMU an opportunity to realize its excellence.
  • Affirmative action is one method of including historically underrepresented populations into the workforce. Therefore, James Madison University must maintain human resource information systems and develop an institutional philosophy based on the principles and ideals of affirmative action and an appreciation of a diverse workforce.
  • Managers, supervisors and Human Resource personnel should examine how their current management and information systems operate and contribute to the leadership and skills development of staff and the University's affirmative action goals.
  • The commitment to diversity must be shared by all JMU administration, faculty and staff.

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