Non-Discrimination Policy

Willamette University adheres to a policy of non-discrimination. Employers wishing to interview on campus must indicate compliance with the University's policy, which reads as follows:

Willamette University Non-Discrimination Policy

Willamette University opposes discrimination in the recruitment and hiring of students and graduates based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, veteran status, actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or status with regard to pregnancy, disability or age. The University will not allow its facilities or services to be used by an organization that practices unlawful discrimination or whose employment practices violate the University's equal opportunity policy.

In the case of employers who follow policies of legal discrimination but who do not practice a policy of equal opportunity, the University will permit employer information to be made available to assist students in making choices and contacting potential employers but will not permit on-campus interviews.

Any complaints concerning practices by employers during the recruitment and hiring process that are inconsistent with the terms of this policy should be reported to the Dean of the appropriate graduate school of the University or to the Dean of Student Affairs for the College of Arts & Sciences who will investigate by following a procedure developed within each school.

Amendment to Willamette University's Non-Discrimination Policy Statement

Military Recruiting At Willamette University

On December 22, 2010 President Obama signed a bill repealing the policy barring those who are openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual from military service. This policy, known as “Don‟t Ask, Don‟t Tell,” violates Willamette University‟s non-discrimination policy.

Despite the President‟s signature, the repeal will not go into effect until sixty (60) days after the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff certify that the repeal will not harm military readiness. Until that time, “Don‟t Ask, Don‟t Tell” remains in effect, and gay, lesbian or bisexual service members remain at risk for discharge.

While this is a temporary situation, the military‟s hiring practices continue to violate the Willamette University CAS‟s non-discrimination policy. Due to the threat of withdrawal of federal funds to the University posed by federal law under the Solomon Amendment, the University will continue to make a limited exception to our non-discrimination policy in order to accommodate the US Armed Forces and JAG.

The Willamette University CAS is optimistic that the military‟s discriminatory hiring practices will soon be eliminated altogether and that all qualified students of the University who desire employment opportunities with the US Armed Forces and JAG will be eligible to do so.

Updated February 2014

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