It is the policy of the University of Arkansas Systems Division of Agriculture to provide equal employment opportunities and to offer all its programs to eligible participants without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status.  The Division prohibits discrimination against employees, applicants for employment, clientele or any other persons participating in Division programs or services.

Employment Discrimination:

Employment discrimination can occur when any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, training, and any term of condition of employment is based upon an individual’s protected class mentioned above, i.e. race, color, sex, etc.  Discrimination is defined as an adverse employment action or can be harassment, which is defined as repetitive, severe or pervasive behaviors or comments that create a hostile work environment based upon an individual’s protected class.

If an employee believes they have been discriminated against, complaints should be made to Barbara Batiste, bbatiste@uada.edu, (501) 671-2213 or Tonisha Thorpe, tthorpe@uada.edu, (501) 671-2135.

Program Discrimination:

If any person believes he or she has been discriminated against with participating in any program or activity conducted the by Division, my file a complaint by contacting to Barbara Batiste, bbatiste@uada.edu, (501) 671-2213 or Tonisha Thorpe, tthorpe@uada.edu, (501) 671-2135; OR,

A person can file a complaint to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Center for Civil Rights Enforcement
1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410, Phone (866) 632-9992, Fax (202) 690-7442, e-mail program.intake@usda.gov

Retaliation Prohibited

 It is the Division of Agriculture's policy, and federal law prohibits any form of retaliation against a person who makes a complaint of discrimination or participates in an investigation of discrimination. Retaliation against a complainant or witness is, in itself, a violation of Division policy and the law, and is a serious separate offense.

For complete text of policy, please see Division’s Non-Discrimination Policy.