As part of the university's policy on equal employment opportunity, NIU is also committed to affirmative action as mandated, and this plan maps out the implementation of this commitment.
Affirmative Action and the pursuit of diversity preclude decisions based solely on group membership. When the university sets up goals and timetables, they are not to be construed as unlawful quotas or preferential treatment.
As with any other aspect of equal employment opportunity, the university expects all of its employees to abide by and foster the policies and processes of affirmative action and diversity.
In particular administrators, supervisors, managers, department heads, and other employees who are responsible for making employment decisions at the university, have a primary responsibility for making those decisions in the context of affirmative action and diversity.
Administrators, department heads, office directors, and all others who hold a supervisory position are responsible for carrying out their employment-related duties free from unlawful discrimination: this may include receptiveness to employee's reasonable suggestions, close attention to specific employment actions, periodic re-statement of policy to their employees, attendance at training on equal employment opportunities by themselves and their subordinates, and general employment management practices.
The university expects that a component of any evaluation of an employee with supervisory responsibilities will be the employee's commitment to and effective support for management of affirmative action and diversity policies.
Non-supervisory employees whether faculty or staff, have a responsibility to maintain a working environment that is free from illegal discriminatory actions or offensive prejudices against a group or group member.