ODU Affirmative Action Plan
The Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) is a document that explains the University's commitment to enforcing its equal opportunity policy, by taking positive, results-oriented steps to decrease the underutilization of minorities and women in employment and enrollment. It describes goals and strategies for recruiting, selecting and retaining employees and students. The Institutional Equity and Diversity Office is responsible for developing the AAP, and monitoring its implementation in the University's operations.
If you would like additional information regarding this document, please contact the office at 757-683-3141.
What is Affirmative Action?
- Affirmative Action is a term used to describe special efforts to recruit and employ groups (minorities and women) who may have been discriminated against in the past. Affirmative action is designed to correct underutilization of qualified women and minorities; it is not designed to prefer them to the exclusion of other groups.
- Affirmative Action should not be confused with "reverse discrimination." Discrimination based on protected factors, such as race and sex is illegal. Affirmative Action strategies are used to recruit and select qualified individuals from an underutilized applicant pool. For instance, Affirmative Action may be used to hire a qualified white male, if an employer finds that white males are underutilized in his or her department. Indeed, any form of discrimination is an abuse of affirmative action and conflicts with the intent of the program.
ODU is committed to implementing equal opportunity and affirmative action policies in order to create a culture of diversity, while eradicating discrimination.