It is the policy of Arizona State University to provide equal opportunity through affirmative action in employment and educational programs and activities. Discrimination is prohibited on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, active duty wartime or campaign badge veterans and Armed Forces service medal veterans. Equal employment opportunity includes, but is not limited to, recruitment, hiring, promotion, termination, compensation, benefits, transfers, university-sponsored training, education, tuition assistance, and social and recreational programs.
ASU is committed to taking affirmative action by increasing opportunities at all levels of employment and by increasing participation in programs and activities by all faculty, staff and students. Affirmative action is directed toward minorities, women, special disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, active duty wartime or campaign badge veterans and Armed Forces service medal veterans.
The Affirmative Action Plan provides policies, procedures, and responsibilities for implementing, monitoring, reporting and communicating compliance with the university's equal employment opportunity or affirmative action policy. Responsibility for AAP development, reporting, and monitoring of employment activity have been delegated to the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Responsibility for implementation of and communication about EO or AA policies has been delegated to provosts, vice presidents and the executive director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion. Further information on responsibilities related to EO or AA is provided in the Affirmative Action Plan. The specific internal and external communication efforts also are provided in the AAP and demonstrate the university's commitment to achieving the goals of affirmative action.
The commitment to equal opportunity through affirmative action is central to ASU's mission. It is the responsibility of each hiring official to communicate the goals of the Affirmative Action Plan and assure employment actions are in compliance with the university's policies providing equal opportunity.
—Michael Crow, ASU President
Diversity definitions - veterans
Active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran: A veteran who served in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service during a war, or in a campaign or expedition, for which a campaign badge has been authorized under the laws administered by the Department of Defense.
Armed forces service medal veteran: A veteran who, while serving on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order 12985.
Disabled veteran: A person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability. A veteran of the U.S. military, ground naval or air service who is entitled to compensation — or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation — under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Recently separated veteran: Any veteran during the three-year period beginning on the date of such veteran’s discharge or release from active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service.