NUMBER: 3.1.10
DATE: 08/20/01



The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is committed to the principle and practice of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in all areas of employment and other services that affect employees, students and the general public. The ability of UAMS to meet its mission will increasingly depend on and be strengthened by incorporating constructive diversity in its faculty, students and staff. Racism, bigotry and discrimination subvert the mission of UAMS which is to provide a wholesome environment where comprehensive educational, research and employment opportunities are offered to employees and students. In both obvious and subtle ways racism, bigotry and discrimination adversely affect an individual's ability to function at optimal level. They also have a harmful effect on one's ability to study, work and engage in leisure activities within the University community.


The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences abhors and condemns all forms of bigotry and racism. Such behavior is a violation of an individual's human rights and is also unlawful. UAMS will comply with and enforce Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended), Executive Order 11246, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Sections 503 and 504), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1991, U.S. Federal Court Decree in the Adams Cases of 1973 and Acts 99 and 962 of the Arkansas General Assembly. UAMS shall recruit, retain, promote and graduate students without regard to race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or disability status. Specifically, UAMS will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or disability status as a criterion in deciding against any individual in matters of admission, placement, transfer, hiring, dismissal, compensation, fringe benefits, training, tuition assistance and other personnel or educationally-related actions.

Therefore, the policy of UAMS is that members of the University community neither commit nor condone acts of bigotry, racism or discrimination. Actions on the part of any employee or official of the University contrary to this policy will be addressed promptly and appropriately, according to current UAMS disciplinary procedures. To ensure compliance with this adopted policy of nondiscriminatory behavior, UAMS will operate under the following procedures.


  1. UAMS shall institute an on-going program designed to familiarize UAMS personnel with the fundamental principles of racial tolerance and cultural diversity. Priority will be given in the training of:
  1. Faculty
  2. Supervisory and management personnel
  3. Personnel involved with customer contact
  4. Students
  5. Other personnel
  1. Deans and division heads will be responsible for leading in the development and implementation of educational programs in their respective areas. The Office of Human Resources will be available, as a primary resource, for consultation in all areas of program development. The Office of Human Resources will also be a leader in the development and presentation of educational programs.
  2. All promotional programs designed to solicit funds, provide customer information or create community goodwill, shall reflect the diversity of the University community and the general public. The appropriate dean/division head, or designee shall review such material prior to publication to ensure that the above standard is met.
  3. Production of all faculty handbooks, student handbooks, employee handbooks, as well as any other communication designed to publicize policy and procedure, or any other information, must be written in a manner to promote nondiscriminatory and tolerant behavior. The appropriate administrative personnel shall review such material prior to publication to ensure the above standard is met.


  1. All complaints or allegations of slurs, inscriptions, jokes or other offensive behavior based on race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, or disability which occur in the workplace or are related to the workplace are to be reported to the appropriate department head. Any employee, faculty member, or student may contact the Human Relations Office should the complainant feel uncomfortable in reporting the incident to the department head.
  2. (Campus Policy 4.4.02) Progressive discipline will be implemented in proven cases of behavior referenced in Procedure #5 above:
  1. First Offense -- Verbal Reprimand
  2. Second Offense -- Written Disciplinary Notice
  3. Third Offense -- Termination of Employment

Sensitivity training will be made available for those employees guilty of the behavior described in Procedure #5.


  1. During the month of June of each year, the Diversity Committee will review and report to the Chancellor the University's progress in the above areas of operation. This will be accomplished by review of such documents as the University's Affirmative Action plan, reports of accomplishments submitted by division heads, reports submitted to the Chancellor, and any other documented activities designed to accomplish the goals set out in this policy.