Minnesota State University, Mankato is committed to conducting all personnel and educational activities without regard to race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, marital status, disability, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, or membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law. Personnel activities include, but are not limited to: recruitment, selection, placement, employee development, promotion, retention, compensation, leaves of absence, disciplinary action, transfer, demotion, termination, and layoffs affecting all employees and job applicants. Minnesota State University, Mankato will not tolerate discrimination on the basis of these protected group categories in accordance with all state and federal equal opportunity/affirmative action laws, directives, orders and regulations.
Summary Statement on Equal Opportunity in Hiring Practices
at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities utilizes hiring practices designed to promote equal opportunity for all qualified candidates. It is important to recognize that these practices are not used to lower essential hiring qualifications or mandate hiring quotas based on gender or race or other protected class status. MnSCU’s hiring practices are, instead, designed to afford all qualified applicants an equal chance to be evaluated on his or her merits without discrimination based on membership in a protected class.
Through its hiring process, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities strives to increase opportunity by broadening the diversity of the applicant pool and evaluating all qualified candidates using the same legitimate work-related criteria. These hiring practices generally include:
- Screening position descriptions and selection criteria to ensure the use of appropriate (merit-based) requirements;
- Including a thoughtful review of essential qualifications and preferred criteria;
- Comprehensive and inclusive advertising and recruiting efforts;
- Special or targeted recruiting in addition to traditional methods;
- Gender-neutral and culturally bias-free criteria in evaluating candidates.
Human Resources will assist search committees in implementing the above practices, including, but not limited to, designing appropriate interview questions for all candidates.
Note: An otherwise qualified candidate’s protected class membership may be considered as a hiring factor only as part of a legally authorized plan to remedy a historically underutilized class of individuals. Authorized campus officials should consult with system legal counsel for specific guidance.