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What are the USC System Equal Opportunity Policies?
For a list of Equal Opportunity Policies, please visit the EOP Policies page.

What role does Equal Opportunity play in affirmative action?  
Affirmative action consists of efforts to identify and eliminate barriers at USC Upstate to equal employment opportunity. USC Upstate takes positive steps to ensure that its policies and procedures provide employment opportunities for qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, disabled veterans and Vietnam era veterans. The affirmative action program at USC Upstate is administered under the Office of Employee Relations and Equal Opportunity.

The USC System Affirmative Action Policy is stated in the USC Policies and Procedures Manual. This manual is available in all departments, the Library, Human Resources, and the Office of Employee Relations and Equal Opportunity. Steps for the implementation of the affirmative action policy are described in the institution’s Affirmative Action Plan which is available for review in the Office of Employee Relations and Equal Opportunity and the Division of Student and Diversity Affairs.

What measures ensure equal employment opportunity at USC Upstate?
Job openings are posted on campus in the Department of Human Resources and on the University’s Web site. Additionally, positions may also be advertised in Upstate newspapers. Faculty and administrative staff openings are normally advertised in professional journals and other national publications. Every effort is made to obtain a broadly representative applicant pool before the search for candidates is ended.

Employment decisions on hiring, promotion, transfer, etc. are based on qualifications and merit without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation.

Is there equal opportunity for students at USC Upstate?
Within the limits of its facilities, the University is open to all students who meet admissions standards. USC Upstate does not discriminate in the administration of its admissions, financial aid and employment policies, educational programs and other student related activities. Within the limits of its facilities, the University is open to all students who meet admissions standards. Reasonable accommodations are made for students with disabilities to attain their academic objectives. Student performances are evaluated solely on an academic basis. The policies of non-discrimination and affirmative action apply equally to all student employees.

How are USC Upstate employee complaints handled?
University employees who feel they have been discriminated against by reason of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation may voice their complaint to their immediate supervisor or department head. Complaints that cannot be resolved satisfactorily within the department should be reported promptly to the Office of Employee Relations and Equal Opportunity at USC Upstate or USC. The complaint procedure is described in the USC System Affirmative Action Policy, USC Policies and Procedures Manual.

Non-discriminatory grievances relative to the employment process or conditions of work, e.g. dismissals, suspension, or demotions, may be brought to the attention of Humans Resources, or the Office of Employee Relations and Equal Opportunity in the USC Upstate Division of Human Resources, if they have been unresolved at the departmental level. There is a time limit of fourteen calendar days in which an employee may file a formal, written grievance. The fourteen day period begins with the effective date of the action which the employee is grieving. For further information on this grievance procedure refer to the University’s Grievance Policy in the USC Policies and Procedures Manual. Grievance Procedures for faculty are outlined in the Faculty Manual.

How are USC Upstate student complaints handled?
Primary responsibility for the resolution of student issues lies with the Division of Student & Diversity Affairs through the Dean of Students.

The USC Upstate Student Handbook describes the procedures for filing grievances of a non-academic nature. These grievances include, but are not limited to, mistreatment by a University employee, wrongful assessment and processing of fees, records and registration errors and discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation.

The Office of Disability Services coordinates services to student with disabilities and addresses student complaints of discrimination on the basis of a disability.

Complaints of alleged discrimination are coordinated with the Office of Employee Relations and Equal Opportunity. To file a grievance related to an academic matter, a student must contact the respective college or school to obtain the appropriate grievance procedures.

Is there a penalty for filing a complaint?
No student, employee, or applicant may be subjected to any restraint, interference, coercion, or reprisal for filing a complaint, serving as a witness, or seeking information regarding illegal/prohibited discrimination at USC Upstate.

Am I protected against retaliation?
Retaliation against anyone seeking information filing a complaint, or serving as a witness is prohibited. If you feel that you are being retaliated against, you may report the matter to the Office of Employee Relations and Equal Opportunity. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against anyone found to be taking retaliatory action.

This is intended to provide general information. Should more detailed information be necessary, the official document referenced should be consulted or you should contact the USC Upstate Office of Employee Relations and Equal Opportunity. The University reserves the right to modify, delete, or add to any of the policies noted herein without prior notice.

Inquiries regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action policies at USC Upstate should be directed to:  

The Office of Employee Relations and Equal Opportunity
USC Upstate
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Phone: 864-503-5344
Fax: 864-503-5364

You may also contact:  

Bobby Gist
Executive Assistant to the President
University of South Carolina
Equal Opportunity Programs
1600 Hampton Street, Suite 805
Columbia, SC 29208
Phone: 803-777-3854

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