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Religious & National Origin Guidelines

Pursuant to the guidelines prohibiting discrimination on the basis of religion and national origin, 41 C.F.R. 60-50. et seq., the University of Virginia hereby reaffirms that it does not discriminate against employees, or applicants for employment, on the basis of national origin or religion, and that it provides reasonable accommodations for religious observances.

Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Statement

The University's Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Statement specifically affirms the University's commitment to administer its programs, procedures, and practices without regard to national or ethnic origin or religion. The University takes affirmative action to ensure that all employees, or applicants for employment, are treated equitably, without consideration of their national origin or religion. The University does not discriminate in any employment practices based on national origin or religion, including employment, upgrading, demotion, transfer, recruitment, recruitment advertising, layoff, termination, rates of pay (or other forms of compensation), and selection for training. This statement has been disseminated to all managers, supervisors, and hiring officials. The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs periodically informs all employees of the University's commitment to equal opportunity for all persons, without regard to national origin or religion.

Accommodations to Religious Observance and Practice

The University of Virginia accommodates religious observances and practices of applicants or employees unless doing so causes an undue hardship to the carrying out of University business. In determining undue hardship, the following factors are considered: 1) business necessity; 2) financial costs and expenses; and 3) resulting personnel problems.

Implementation of Guidelines

The University's policies on "Preventing and Addressing Discrimination and Harassment" and "Preventing and Addressing Retaliation" implement the guidelines discussed herein. The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs has complaint procedures available to address alleged violations of the policies.

The staff of the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs is also available as a resource for the interpretation of these guidelines and resolution of any issues related to implementation of the guidelines which may arise.