4.01 Affirmative Action

Title: Affirmative Action
Number: BP 4.01
Adopted: March 1995
Reviewed: September 2015
Revised: October 2018

As required in Chapter 38, Wis. Stats., and the Wisconsin Fair Employment Law (Sec. 111.31-111.395, Wis. Stats.), Nicolet Area Technical College maintains fair and impartial relations with employees, applicants for employment, and students without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, arrest record, conviction record, political affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, membership in the national guard, state defense force, or any reserve component of the military forces of the United States and of this state, or the use or non-use of lawful products off the employer’s premises during non-working hours.

Nicolet Area Technical College seeks continuous compliance with the following laws: Title VI and VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act as amended, Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1975, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Equal Pay Act of 1963 as amended, Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, Wisconsin Fair Employment Law, the 1976 Vocational Education Amendments, and the Office of Civil Rights Guidelines for Eliminating Discrimination and Denial of Services on the Basis of Race, Color, National Origin, Sex and Handicap in Career and Technical Education Programs (34 CFR, Part 100, Appendix B).

Discrimination by supervisors, co-workers, or students on the above mentioned personal attributes is an illegal practice and is prohibited.  Appropriate sanctions and preventive measures will be used to eliminate discrimination.

The principles and concepts of Affirmative Action will be integrated into all employment practices including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, transfers, promotions, training, compensation, benefits, layoff, terminations, retention, certification, testing, and committee appointments.  Affirmative Action will be utilized to achieve a work force with an appropriate balance of ethnic/racial minorities, women, and the disabled

Nicolet Area Technical College will ask for nondiscrimination assurance from contractors and suppliers of services and their assurance that they maintain reputable Affirmative Action practices.

Nicolet Area Technical College will maintain physical accessibility for disabled persons, and will provide other reasonable accommodations in response to requests.  Religious observances and practices will receive reasonable accommodations.

An Affirmative Action complaint procedure is used to process charges of discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, arrest record, conviction record, political affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, membership in the national guard, state defense force, or any reserve component of the military forces of the United States and of this state, or the use or non-use of lawful products off the employer’s premises during non-working hours.  The procedure is administered by the District EEO Officer and can be found on the College website in Board Policy 4.07 Discrimination Complaint Resolution.

Nicolet Area Technical College appoints an Affirmative Action/EEO Officer whose responsibilities include developing and implementing the Affirmative Action Plan, and monitoring compliance.  Responsibilities of the Officer include: developing a written Affirmative Action Plan, monitoring internal and external communication procedures, collecting and analyzing employment and student data, identifying problem areas, setting goals and timetables, developing and implementing programs to eliminate discriminatory practices, designing and implementing an internal monitoring system, and submitting compliance plans and reports to the Wisconsin Technical College System Board Affirmative Action/EEO Officer.

The Director of Human Resources will establish an AA/EEO Advisory Committee for the purpose of active participation in the implementation of programs under the Affirmative Action Plan and outreach efforts for students and employees.  This committee membership will be reviewed annually and updated.  The Director of HR will convene a meeting of the AA/EEO Advisory Committee as necessary to achieve this goal.

Nicolet Area Technical College reaffirms its policy of administering all educational programs and related supporting services and benefits in a manner which does not discriminate on the basis of a student's or prospective student's race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, arrest record, conviction record, political affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, membership in the national guard, state defense force, or any reserve component of the military forces of the United States and of this state, or the use or non-use of lawful products off the employer’s premises during non-working hours.  Organizational structures and procedures have been established to assure equal treatment and equal access to the facilities and educational benefits of the institution to all students.

Any questions concerning Affirmative Action or Equal Opportunity should be directed to the EEO Officer, Nicolet Area Technical College, PO Box 518, Rhinelander, WI 54501.  Telephone (715) 365-4449; direct TTY/TDD calls to (715) 365-4448 through 711 relay or 1-800-947-3529