XIV. Affirmative Action — Equal Opportunity
A. The Affirmative Action Policy aims to achieve a broader race and gender employee applicant pool of minorities and women.
B. Rhodes’ Equal Employment Opportunity Policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, age, sex, national origin, color, veteran status, or disability.
C. Rhodes College’s Commitment to Diversity was issued by the Dean’s Council, 11 June 2002:
A diverse learning community is a necessary element of a residential liberal arts education. We, the members of the Rhodes College community, are committed to creating a community where diversity is valued and welcomed. To that end, Rhodes College does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and national or ethnic origin and will not tolerate harassment or discrimination on those bases. We are committed to providing an open learning environment. Freedom of thought, a healthy exchange of ideas, and an appreciation of diverse perspectives are fundamental characteristics of a community of scholars. To promote such an academic and social environment we expect integrity and honesty in our relationships with each other and openness to learning about and experiencing cultural diversity. We believe that these qualities are crucial to fostering social and intellectual maturity. Intellectual maturity also requires individual struggle with unfamiliar ideas. We recognize that our views and convictions will be challenged, and we expect this challenge to take place in a climate of tolerance and mutual respect.