Ball State receives federal contracts and is therefore required by federal law to develop a written affirmative action program. To that end, Ball State has developed an Affirmative Action Plan (“AAP”) which annually reaffirms the University’s continuing commitment to the principles of affirmative action and equal employment opportunity.
The director of employee relations and affirmative action has been specifically designated to monitor, analyze, and report on faculty, professional, staff, and service personnel actions and to distribute information relevant to the development, analysis, enforcement, evaluation, and monitoring of the plan and its policies.
What the Ball State community should know about affirmative action is this: positive efforts are to be taken in all aspects of employment to assure equal opportunity to every individual regardless of membership or non-membership in a protected class.
Employee Relations assesses those efforts through careful statistical analysis and monitoring of employment processes and decisions. The effectiveness of Ball State’s positive efforts to liken the diversity of its workforce to that of the available labor market is also assessed to identify any opportunities for improvement. When those are identified, Employee Relations staff works collaboratively with departments and individuals to arrive at solutions and may also offer programs that aid in capitalizing on opportunities.
Diversity of thought and efforts will contribute to the progression towards any goal—especially affirmative action goals.
Employee Relations is also tasked with certain regulatory recordkeeping and reporting responsibilities for qualified applicants and for the current workforce. Compliance with these responsibilities is achieved through voluntary self-identification.
You may self-identify in Self Service Banner or by completing the paper form and submitting to Employee Relations via email or hand delivery to the Administration Building (AD), room 335.
Paper forms may be downloaded from the forms section or by requesting a form from Employee Relations. Additional questions about Self-Identification should be directed to the affirmative action specialist.