Promoting Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity

UB's diversity is our strength.  Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) can assist with strategies to develop diverse and talented applicant pools, as well as training for search committees.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

UB is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals.  The University believes a diverse workforce will enhance its ability to fulfill the mission of education, research, and public service.  It is expected that all positions will be filled through a competitive search, unless there exists a compelling reason for a recruitment exception, in accordance with the Recruitment Policy and Recruitment Exceptions Policy

UB encourages proactive initiatives to increase diversity and provide equal opportunity to all applicants and employees.  A competitive recruitment process includes the sourcing, screening, and selection of employees and promotes equal opportunity by informing potential applicants of job vacancies within the University.

What does Equal Employment Opportunity Mean?

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) is the concept of providing access to employment opportunities to all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status, veteran status, military status, domestic violence victim status, familial status or criminal conviction status.

As a Hiring Department or Search Committee member, EEO means that you should consider and select applicants for hire in accordance with laws and University policy prohibiting discrimination based upon the protected characteristics listed above and consult with University Human Resources, UB Immigration Services, and EDI as appropriate for assistance and advice. 

In addition, Hiring Departments and Search Committee members are required to assist in the implementation of the University Affirmative Action Plan when recruiting prospective employees by exercising good faith efforts for meeting established commitments to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action goals.

EEO Tagline Requirements

UB and the SUNY Research Foundation at UB are federal contractors and affirmative action employers.  As such, the University and SUNY Research Foundation at UB have compliance requirements that affect the recruitment process.

The following taglines must appear on all solicitations or advertisements for employees placed by or on behalf of UB/SUNY Research Foundation at UB:

  • “The University at Buffalo is committed to ensuring equal employment, educational opportunity, and equal access to services, programs, and activities without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, gender, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status, familial status, veteran status, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction status.” OR
  • "As an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer, The Research Foundation for SUNY  will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, transgender status, age, national origin, marital status, familial status, citizenship, physical and mental disability, criminal record, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, status with respect to receiving public assistance, domestic violence victim status, a disabled, special, recently separated, active duty wartime, campaign badge, Armed Forces service medal veteran, or any other characteristics protected under applicable law. The Company will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant."

If desired, these can be shortened to: 

  • “University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.” OR
  • “UB is an AA/EOE and welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.” OR
  • For Research Foundation postings:  "Equal Opportunity Employer, females, minorities, individuals with a disability, protected veterans, sexual orientation, gender identity."


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