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Equal Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is the right of all persons to enter, study and advance in academic programs and activities on the basis of merit, ability, and potential without regard to protected categories.

Equal Employment Opportunity is the right of all persons to work and to advance on the basis of merit, ability, and potential without regard to protected categories.

Equal Opportunity Policy Statement from Richard Linton, President of Kansas State University (pdf)

Affirmative Action Plan

The policy of Kansas State University is to provide equal opportunity to qualified individuals regardless of their race, color, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, ancestry, disability, genetic information, military status, or veteran status, and to promote the full realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities and women through a comprehensive affirmative action program. In addition, the University will assure equal opportunity for persons with disabilities, disabled veterans, and Vietnam Era veterans regarding positions for which they are qualified.

Kansas State University is fully committed to the concept and practice of equal opportunity and affirmative action in all aspects of employment. Learn more about the plan.

The K-State Affirmative Action Program is organized in compliance with several federal and state laws, executive orders and implementing regulations. As a federal contractor, K-State is required to have a written affirmative action compliance program. The program must include identification and analysis of problem areas, the establishment of goals and timetables, and specific result-oriented action items designed to attain goals.

The Affirmative Action Plans for Manhattan and Salina are available for inspection by any employee or applicant for employment upon request between Monday – Friday from 8:00AM to 5:00PM at Kansas State University's Office of Institutional Equity. Any questions should be directed to Justin Frederick, Director of the Office of Institutional Equity & Title IX Coordinator.

EEO Categories (pdf) 

Federal Resources

U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs

Questions About Equal Opportunity

You can meet with one of our OIE investigators for the purpose of providing you with general information on K-State's Nondiscrimination Policy and process, as well as applicable resources. If you are not sure whether your questions or concerns pertain to an issue under OIE's PPM 3010 Policy, you can request for a meeting with both an OIE staff member and someone from Employee Relations and Engagement who can also provide you with information about their office and applicable resources.  If it is determined your concerns pertain to an issue(s) covered under PPM 3010, then only OIE is mandated to evaluate your concerns under the Policy.