The RU Commitment
As one of the largest employers in the State of New Jersey, Rutgers University is committed not only to the students and the State that we serve, but also to the faculty and staff who work on our campuses. Rutgers’ commitment to its employees includes maintaining and fostering a safe, diverse and respectful workplace environment, creating employment opportunities for our nation’s military veterans, and ensuring accessibility and accommodation for individuals with disabilities.
For additional information about Rutgers’ commitment to maintaining a diverse and harassment-free community, please review Dr. Barchi’s memos on Anti-Discrimination and Harassment and the Commitment to Equal Employment and Opportunity and Diversity.
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Rutgers University follows a policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law.
As a University, Rutgers recognizes that the diversity of its workforce should reflect the diversity of the State and the students we serve. We strive to cultivate a culture of inclusion at Rutgers – one in which individuals of various backgrounds and belief systems can come together in an environment of mutual respect, learning from each other and becoming better-prepared to participate in an increasingly globalized marketplace of ideas.
If you have any questions regarding Rutgers’ commitment to workplace diversity and equal employment, please contact University Human Resources, Office of Employment Equity at (848) 932-3973.
Accommodation During the Application Process
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and university policy, if you have a disability or a strongly-held religious conviction which impacts your ability to complete the Rutgers application and selection process, and would like to request an accommodation with regard to the application and selection processes (for example, the online application process or interviews), or have any questions about our website accessibility for individuals with disabilities, please call 848-932-3973 or e-mail us.
Rights of Individuals with Disabilities
As an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant employer, Rutgers University is committed to prohibiting discrimination and providing reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities, in order to provide equal opportunities in the workplace. Under the ADA, Rutgers is prohibited from excluding any qualified individual from participation in a program or activity administered by the University solely by reason of his or her disability. Under the terms of the law, a qualified individual is a person with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodation, is capable of performing the essential functions of the position in question, in accordance with Rutgers policy, applicable laws and workplace regulations.
Individuals with disabilities should seek out guidance from their immediate supervisors or the Disabilities Specialist in the Office of Employment Equity (OEE). Workplace accommodations for individuals with disabilities are administered through the OEE. For more information, please visit the UHR Website for Disability Accommodations.
Commitment to Veterans
In recognition of their service to our country, Rutgers University actively seeks to recruit and employ veterans throughout its workforce. The brave service members who have served our nation’s interests overseas deserve to come home to job and academic opportunities, once their military service is at an end.
Rutgers continues its commitment to military veterans in the workplace, ensuring accommodation for veterans with disabilities and offering a family leave program for military spouses who may have to care for a wounded or injured veteran.
If you have any questions about Rutgers’ programs designed to make the transition to civilian life easier for military veterans, please contact the Office of Employment Equity at (848) 932-3973.
Accommodation for Religious Reasons
Rutgers University is also committed to creating a welcoming atmosphere for individuals of various faiths and religious beliefs. If you require reasonable accommodations due to, or based on, your religious beliefs, practices, or observances, as defined by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Compliance Manual, please complete an “Accommodation Request Form” and return it to the Office of Employment Equity, University Human Resources, at 57 US Highway 1, ASB II, Cook Campus.
Diversity and a Respectful Workplace
Fostering a respectful, productive and diverse workplace at Rutgers begins, first and foremost, with the employee. Rutgers has an obligation to enact and administer policies which encourage respect and civility between diverse employees. But ultimately, those policies are pointless if employees do not choose to honor their obligation to treat each other with respect and civility.
Any employee who is found to be in violation of university policies regarding discrimination, harassment, workplace violence and accessibility for individuals with disabilities may be subject to discipline, up to and including termination for violations of university policies regarding these areas. In addition, any violation of State or federal laws in these areas will be reported to the appropriate authorities.
Allegations of discrimination, harassment, intimidation or abuse are taken very seriously. In each instance, the Office of Employment Equity will review the circumstances of the case, and determine if an investigation is warranted. The findings of the Office of Employment Equity may be appealed by those parties affected, but ultimately the determination of wrong-doing and assignment of corrective and disciplinary action will be made by the University. If you believe someone is in violation of the University’s policies regarding discrimination and harassment, please consult the appropriate procedure for reporting discrimination and harassment as outlined on the University Human Resources website.