Equal Employment Opportunity/Non-Discrimination Policy

Butler University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to enhancing the diversity of the student body and our faculty and staff. In addition, hiring and other employment-related decisions are made on the basis of an individual’s qualifications, past experience, overall performance, and other employment-related criteria. It is the policy of the University to provide equal opportunities for employment and advancement for all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, religion, color, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally protected category.

Any employee of the University who believes that he/she has been a victim of some form of discrimination in violation of the above policy should report the incident immediately to his or her supervisor and to the Director of Human Resources. A faculty member should also make a report regarding the matter to the Dean of his/her college.

Persons submitting complaints of discrimination are assured that a thorough investigation of such complaints will be conducted. Information collected during such an investigation will be considered confidential and will not be disclosed to persons not involved directly in conducting the investigation and determining what action, if any, to take in response to the complaint. No adverse action will be taken against any employee because he or she reports an incident of discrimination unless it is found that the report was made in bad faith.

If, following a complaint of discrimination, an investigation reveals that some act of discrimination has occurred; the person who has violated the above-described prohibition of discrimination will be subject to sanctions or penalties. The sanction or penalty administered under this policy will depend on all circumstances, including the offending employee’s prior work record and the specifics regarding the nature of the violation. It should be understood that suspension and/or termination of employment may very well be the penalty administered to persons who violate this policy. If the offender is not an employee of the University, we will take reasonable measures to the extent we can exercise any control over the problem.

The University endorses its Equal Employment Opportunity policy, not just because it complies with the law, but because an environment that recognizes the value derived from differences in people is crucial to each employee’s ability to succeed—and to the University’s long-term success.