Non Discrimination Policy
Discrimination and harassment are contradictory to the mission of UIW and will not be tolerated. UIW complies with all applicable federal and state nondiscrimination laws, and does not engage in prohibited discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, national origin, age, marital status, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status, pregnancy, religion or any other characteristics protected by law. As a Catholic institution of higher education sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, UIW is, however, exempt from the prohibition against religious discrimination of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
With respect to government contracts and in accordance with 41 CFR Section 60-1.5, it shall not be a violation of the equal opportunity clause required by Executive Order 11246 for UIW to establish a hiring preference for applicants of the Catholic faith. UIW reserves the right to exercise this hiring preference as required to maintain its Catholic identity.
Policy Regarding Harassment and Retaliation
UIW is firmly committed to a working and learning environment free from all forms of discrimination and harassment, whether based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, national origin, age, marital status, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status, pregnancy, religion or any other characteristics protected by law. This policy against any harassment includes but is not limited to derogatory comments and physical abuse.
UIW is also committed to a strict policy that prohibits retaliation against current or former employees because they opposed any practice of discrimination or harassment made unlawful under federal or state law; filed a charge of discrimination alleging such practice; testified or participated in any manner in any investigation undertaken by UIW. UIW will respond immediately and appropriately to any acts of discrimination and retaliation of which it becomes aware.