Equal Opportunity

Veterans

The University of South Florida System (USF System) is a diverse community that values and expects respect and fair treatment of all people. The USF System strives to provide a work and study environment for faculty, staff and students that is free from discrimination and harassment.

The USF System is also committed to the employment and advancement of qualified veterans with disabilities and veterans protected under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act, as amended (VEVRAA).

VEVRAA protects the employment rights of several categories of veterans. Called “protected veterans,” these are veterans who are:

Disabled veterans: Those who are “entitled to compensation…under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs” or “those who were released from active duty because of a service-connected disability.”
Recently separated veterans; Active duty wartime or campaign veterans; Campaign badge veterans; or Armed Forces service medal veterans.

Veterans Status Discrimination & Work Situations

The law forbids discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment.

Veterans Status & Harassment

It is unlawful to harass a person because of his or her veterans status. Harassment can include, for example, offensive or derogatory remarks about a person being a veteran and/or their veteran’s status. Although the law does not prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious, harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment. 

USF Office of Veterans Services

The Office of Veteran Success provides specialized programs and services to over 2,000 veterans, eligible dependents, active duty service members, and members of the Selected Reserve here on the USF campus. We are a one-stop shop for anything that you, a student veteran, may need.

Although we also assist dependents, our main goal is to help veterans in whatever capacity necessary so that you can succeed with your educational and career goals.