Affirmative Action Office records
- Office of Affirmative Action (Organization)
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All collections are closed except to office of origin or original owner until processed. University records are closed for 25 years from the point of creation. Records in this collection may contain sensitive information, or they may be subject to legal or regulatory restrictions. Contact Special Collections for more information.
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2.85 Cubic Feet (7 letter size document boxes, 1 letter half-size document box)
Biographical / Historical
In 1979, the Affirmative Action Office was placed under the administration of the Provost's Office; the functions of the Office, however, did not change. Yvonne Theodore was both a regular and "ex officio" member of the various divisional Affirmative Action committees at different times, as well as a member of the University wide committee. The divisional committees at the various schools were formed so that members of the faculty and staff could advise the Deans. These committees monitored and directed Affirmative Action programs within each division to make sure that the University continually made a "good faith effort" to recruit and hire females and minorities. Where federal monies were involved, the Office was required, at various times, to submit Equal Employment Opportunity Reports to the Federal Department of Health and Human Services (formerly known as the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare) documenting progress being made by the University on the basis of the reports by the divisional committees.
On occasion, people believing they were being discriminated against on the basis of sex, religion, or national origin in regard to hiring, salaries, promotion, or termination bring a complaint against the University to such agencies as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Maryland State Commission on Human Relations and the Baltimore and Washington, DC, Commission on Human Relations. The Affirmative Action Office often works with University Counsel in the role of the University's agent, defending University actions and working to reach an equitable settlement.
Scope and Contents
The records document Equal Employment Opportunity and the University's effort to comply with Federal laws. The work of the various committees, as well as the complaint cases, illustrate the continuing efforts of the University in this direction.
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