STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT
Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) is committed to conducting all personnel and educational activities without regard to race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, or membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law. Personnel activities include, but are not limited to: recruitment, selection, placement, employee development, promotion, retention, compensation, leaves of absence, disciplinary action, transfer, demotion, termination, and layoffs affecting all employees and job applicants. RCTC will not tolerate discrimination on the basis of these protected class categories in accordance with all state and federal equal opportunity/affirmative action laws, directives, orders, and regulations.
RCTC is committed to implementation of this affirmative action plan and fully supports the State of Minnesota’s affirmative action efforts. RCTC will implement and maintain an affirmative action program that takes aggressive measures to eliminate internal barriers to equal opportunity and that strives to remedy the historical under representation in the employment, retention and promotion of qualified persons with disabilities, persons of color, and women.
It is RCTC’s policy to actively pursue equal employment practices during all phases of the employment process. In that spirit, RCTC will continue to seek opportunities to maximize the selection and retention of protected group employees by:
- Continuing to actively and aggressively recruit protected group applicants;
- Continuing affirmative action training for employees, with an emphasis on those serving on search teams; and by
- Supporting affirmative measures to retain protected group employees.
Rochester Community and Technical College further believes that diversity enhances the campus environment and regards affirmative action in a broader context than merely employment opportunity. The College, therefore, promotes the representation of male/female, ethnic/minority, and disabled role models in underrepresented areas whenever possible. We strive to evidence diversity in leadership positions such as academic advisers, program coordinators, and other key positions. This practice may also affect employment, recruitment, hiring, promotion, committee assignments, transfer, layoff, training, compensation, and retention. Affirmative action thus includes an internal focus as well as an external one.
The entire plan is available in the College president’s office, human resources office or from any member of the College administration. All employees are encouraged to become acquainted with our affirmative action plan. It is the responsibility of the employees to promote and apply the principles of equal opportunity in their work and to cooperate fully with the College’s plan of action. Affirmative action is a positive effort to utilize the skills and resources of, not only those who may have been denied opportunity in the past, but of all present and future employees.
Last Updated: October 6, 2014