Effective Date May 1, 2019

Diversity and inclusion drive innovation.  Florida Institute of Technology believes in a culture where differences are valued, we encourage and support the diverse approach of our employees and students. We are committed to building and sustaining a diverse academic and work environment in which students and employees from different backgrounds are included and respected as they learn, teach, and work.


The purpose of this policy is to provide diversity and equality to all employees and perspective employees, regardless of their race, sex, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other classification protected by applicable discrimination laws. We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination.

Florida Tech is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against based on disability. The university seeks to promote campus diversity by employing a larger number of minorities and women where these groups have historically been and continue to be under-represented within the university in relation to availability. As a result, the university may extend preference in initial employment to such individuals among substantially equally qualified candidates, as well as to veterans. Only persons authorized to work in the United States will be hired at Florida Tech.

All employees will be treated fairly, equally and with respect. All employees will be provided with training and development opportunities and encouraged to develop to their full potential.

Florida Institute of Technology ensures that all employment decisions are based only on valid job requirements. Selection for employment, promotion, training or any other benefit will be based on aptitude and ability.

This policy relates to academics, employment practices, activities and programs provided by the University. 

Our commitment:

  • Foster an understanding and appreciation of the differences, as well as the common ground amongst us through education and discussion;
  • Every employee is entitled to a working environment which promotes dignity and respect to all. No form of intimidation, bullying or harassment will be tolerated;
  • The commitment to diversity and equality in the workplace is good management practice and makes sound business sense;
  • Promote clear and accountable policies and practices to support our values of partnership, integrity, and ethical decision making;
  • Violation of our diversity policy will be regarded as misconduct and could lead to disciplinary actions.

This policy will be implemented within the framework of the relevant legislation, which includes:

  • Equal Pay Act 1970 (Equal Value Amendment 1984)
  • Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
  • Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (Gender Reassignment Regulations 1999)
  • Race Relations Act 1976
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1995
  • The Protection from Harassment Act 1997
  • Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000
  • Race Relations Act 1976 (Amendment) Regulations 2003
  • Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003
  • Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003
  • Disability Discrimination Act 2005
  • Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006

A policy is not required by law; however, it is illegal to discriminate in employment, so a policy is a reflection of our goals and attitude towards diversity and equality and how we intend to fulfill the goals and legal obligations.

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