Equal Opportunity

Preparing Equal Opportunity Impact Statements for Changes in Academic Programs

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I) OVERVIEW

  • Equal Opportunity (EO) Impact Statements shall be prepared and submitted to the Provost's Office and the Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity Office along with proposals for new or revised academic programs. This statement will confirm that the program change will not have adverse impact on diversity and equal opportunity at the University. The college that is proposing the new or revised program shall incorporate the EO Impact Statement and submit this to the Provost's Office along with other materials related to the proposal. The EO Impact Statement is reviewed and approved in the Provost's Office and submitted to the Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity Office for review and approval.

II) ACTIONS REQUIRING EO IMPACT STATEMENTS

  • EO Impact Statements shall be prepared for review and approval by Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity Office (DIEO) when a unit is seeking a new degree program, termination of a degree program, limited access status for an Undergraduate degree program, or institutional reorganization. (The EO Impact Statement requirement associated with planning or implementation of a new academic programs is covered in Chancellor's Memorandum CM-C-10.00-01/99.)

III) FORMAT AND CONTENT OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITY IMPACT STATEMENT PREPARED BY THE UNIT

  • In the EO Impact Statement, the unit should prepare a brief narrative that:
    • States its commitment to recruiting a diverse student body. Following is a example of such a statement: [Unit name] is committed to the principle of equal education and employment opportunities without regards to race, color, marital status, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, Vietnam or disabled veterans status as provided by law and in accordance with the University's respect for personal dignity. Furthermore, [Unit name] uses its resources to recruit and retain a diverse staff and student body.
    • Cites proposed strategies to ensure diversity. 
    • Documents the EO progress and accomplishments of the program that is to be reviewed.
  • The EO Impact Statement should be included in the narrative of the program proposal. (See Chancellor's Memorandum CM-C-10.00-01/99, Attachment A, Section IV. C. for the proper placement within the narrative for a new degree program.) The proposal will be routed from the Provost's Office to the Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity Office during the review process for the signature of the Associate Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity Office.

IV) SOURCES OF DATA FOR THE EO IMPACT STATEMENT

  • The Plans listed below contain the strategies used in existing programs at USF to ensure diversity. These strategies may be adapted to your program. To obtain copies of USF's equal opportunity plans, which are updated every year, contact the Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity Office, ALN 172, (813) 974-4373. The links below are provided so that you may view the plans:
    1. Educational Equity Plan This plan has been developed to meet the State of Florida requirements for affirmative action in the recruitment and retention of underutilized minority and female students. 
    2. Affirmative Action Plan This plan has been developed to meet federal laws and executive orders concerning non-discrimination and affirmative action for employees. 
    3. Equity Accountability Plan This plan has been developed to meet State of Florida requirements for affirmative action for faculty and administrative employees.