The Wesleyan University's affirmative action program is designed to achieve diversity among faculty, administrators and staff; to treat all appointments and promotions in a manner free from discrimination; and to correct any under-utilization of women and minorities in employment positions. Wesleyan, as an institution dedicated to excellence in liberal studies, has a responsibility to itself to seek out the most talented people and a responsibility to society to further the goal of achieving equality of opportunity.

For that reason, along with the principle of nondiscrimination, the University is committed to a program of affirmative action with regard to members of certain groups as specified by the U.S. Department of Labor. Wesleyan, therefore, makes concerted efforts to recruit, employ, and promote qualified members of minority groups, women, handicapped individuals who are otherwise qualified, special disabled veterans, and veterans of the Vietnam era.


The college, through its Plan of Affirmative Action (referred to as Equity Compliance Program/ECP) will continue to make good faith efforts and undertake positive action to overcome the present effects of past practices, policies or barriers to equal employment opportunity and to achieve the full and fair participation of Blacks, Hispanics, Whites, Asians/Pacific Islanders, and American Indians/Alaskan Aleuts found to be underutilized in the workforce. The college, through its Plan of Affirmative Action, with conviction and effort, will also continue to undertake positive action for the full and fair participation of the above groups and any other protected group found to be adversely impacted by college policies or practices.

Equal opportunity is defined as employment of individuals without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information (Section 46a-60(a)(11) of the Connecticut General Statutes), national origin, ancestry, mental retardation, past or present history of mental disability, physical disability (including but not limited to blindness, learning disability), veteran status, or criminal record, unless the provisions of section 46a-60(b), 46a-80(b) or 86a-81(b) exclude persons in one or more of the above protected groups.  Equal employment opportunity is the purpose and goal of Affirmative Action.

The president of the University has ultimate responsibility for the implementation of all affirmative action laws, regulations, and guidelines. He has charged the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost with reporting and monitoring affirmative action procedures applied to faculty employment, and the Office of Human Resources for staff employment in consultation with the Office of Equity and Inclusion.


Equal Opportunity Statement

Wesleyan University is fully committed to a policy of equal opportunity throughout the University, and to this end abides by all applicable federal, state, and local laws pertaining to non-discrimination and fair employment practices.

Accordingly, the University recruits, hires, trains, promotes and educates individuals without discrimination on the basis of one's race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, ethnic or national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or criminal record.  Wesleyan University does not discriminate in personnel action such as compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, return from layoffs, education, tuition assistance, and social and recreational programs.