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Affirmative Action

UC Merced is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and compliance with all laws and regulations pertaining to both. The university hires, assigns work, promotes, compensates and retains employees only on the basis of their qualifications, performance, and our business needs.

Affirmative Action is the set of public policies and initiatives designed to help eliminate past and present discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. While California Constitutional provisions, better known as Proposition 209, prevent targeting any specific group based on protected categories, the idea of fostering a rich and diverse workforce and student body remains a critical value at UC Merced.

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Affirmative Action Plan

The UC Merced Affirmative Action Plan serves as a working document for informing the campus of programs and procedures undertaken to ensure equal employment opportunity and for implementing the campus commitment to affirmative action. Federal affirmative action regulations and university policies stipulate that the Affirmative Action Plan be evaluated, monitored and updated annually.

The UC Merced Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) and Goals are available for review by contacting

Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination

UC Merced is committed to providing a workplace free of discrimination and harassment. Complaints of discrimination or harassment are addressed by the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD). For more information, visit

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Related Laws and Regulations

Executive Order 10925
Established the President’s Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity. Superseded by EO11246 in 1965.

Executive Order 11246
The Executive Order prohibits federal contractors and federally–assisted construction contractors and subcontractors, who do over $10,000 in Government business in one year from discriminating in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. The Executive Order also requires Government contractors to take affirmative action to ensure that equal opportunity is provided in all aspects of their employment.

Proposition 209
Prohibits state governmental institutions from considering race, sex, or ethnicity, specifically in the areas of public employment, public contracting and public education.

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