Diversity Policies & Statements

The University of Arizona adheres to a number of guidelines to ensure an inclusive, discrimination-free environment. Here are just a few of the policies the university follows. Find a comprehensive listing of university policies.

Non-Discrimination & Anti-Harassment Policies

Americans with Disabilities Act 
No qualified person will be denied access to, participation in or the benefits of any program or activity operated by the university because of disability.

Equal Opportunity Policy
It is the policy of the UA to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or genetic information.

Non-Discrimination and Affirmative Action Statements 
The university is required to include a statement of nondiscriminatory policy in any bulletins, announcements, publications, catalogs, application forms or other recruitment materials that are made available to participants, students, applicants or employees.

Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy 
The UA prohibits discrimination, including harassment and retaliation, by university employees, students, contractors or agents of the university and by anyone participating in a university-sponsored activity against an individual based on a protected classification.

Restroom Access 
In keeping with the university’s policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of gender identity, the UA allows individuals to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity. In addition, the UA is committed to designating and maintaining a gender-neutral restroom in as many of its buildings as reasonably feasible.

Family-Friendly Policies

Temporary Alternative Duty Assignment 
If affected by qualifying circumstances, eligible employees may request a period of up to 16 weeks during which they may receive a temporary assignment of alternative duties.

Parental Leave Policy 
The purpose of this policy is to provide paid leave to eligible University of Arizona employees upon the birth or adoption of a child.

Promotion Clock Delay
Delays can be requested by tenure-track faculty for the birth or adoption of a child, personal reasons (such as a health problem for a candidate or a family member), bereavement over the loss of a child or a partner, adverse professional circumstances that are beyond a candidate’s control or a prestigious external commitment that detracts from a candidate’s research.

Professional Development Policies

Continuing Professional Development 
All benefit-eligible employees are provided at least 16 hours of paid release time annually to pursue professional development opportunities.