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Affirmative Action provides oversight of the university’s affirmative action efforts and works in concert with departments to ensure adherence of embracing diversity, equal opportunity, affirmative action principles as they relate to the search and selection of employees, and personnel practices at Virginia Tech.

The office monitors the recruitment, employment, and personnel practices at Virginia Tech to ensure compliance with applicable regulations and adherence to the university’s affirmative action program, and to measure the effectiveness of Virginia Tech’s affirmative action plan.

Applicable laws

As a recipient of federal funds, Virginia Tech is considered to be a federal contractor and is required to follow the requirements outlined in Executive Order 11246, 41 CFR 60-1 and 41 CFR 60-2., as revised, which prohibit discrimination and requires affirmative action to ensure that all individuals have an equal opportunity for employment, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.

As part of its responsibilities as a recipient of federal funds, the university is required to engage in affirmative outreach to broaden the pool of qualified applicants, to employ, advance in employment, and otherwise provide equal treatment to groups previously excluded from consideration to include women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and qualified protected veterans. Virginia Tech’s commitment to nondiscrimination and affirmative action is a core value.

Executive Order 11246, 41 CFR 60-1 and 41 CFR 60-2., as revised, mandates the university must maintain an affirmative action program and a written annual affirmative action plan as required by the United States Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).

Affirmative Action Plan

Virginia Tech has established placement goals as a means to measure progress toward goals of embracing diversity, inclusion, equity, and fulfilling the strategic goals of the university. Areas of underutilization are analyzed and data from internal and external availability sources are used when determining if a placement goal is needed for a job group. Setting a placement goal is neither an admission nor a finding of discrimination.

Additionally, as a recipient of federal grants and contracts, the university must demonstrate its comment to nondiscrimination and affirmative action. This commitment is a core value of Virginia Tech and expressed in the Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action policy.


Affirmative Action
Office for Equity and Accessibility
300 Turner Street NW (0318)
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Federal laws, state laws, and executive orders

Learn about the federal laws, state laws and executive orders that help Virginia Tech create a community free from discrimination and harassment.

Additional information

Have questions? Review the Affirmative Action FAQs or contact the Office for Equity and Accessibility for assistance.

Workshops and training

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