Teleworking during COVID-19

Due to the University’s response to COVID-19, staff in the Office of Equal Opportunity and across the University will be working remotely as of Monday, March 23rd. The Office of Equal Opportunity will continue to provide services. Though we endeavor to meet our usual service timelines, teleworking and the availability of parties no longer on campus or in the community may impact complaint and disability reasonable accommodation timelines. Thank you in advance for your patience throughout this process. Overall, circumstances will not impact University process; search approvals, meetings and communications will still occur remotely. If you have specific questions, please contact us. Take good care.

If you need to contact any member of the OEO team, please email us at oeo@colostate.edu or leave a message calling (970) 491-5836. We will respond to your message as soon as possible.

Equal Pay for Equal Work Act 

Colorado’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Act (EPEWA), which went into effect on January 1, 2021, amends existing Colorado law and provides new wage discrimination protections to prevent pay disparities.

The intent of the legislation is to close the pay gap in Colorado and ensure that employees with similar job duties are paid the same wage rate regardless of sex or sex in combination with another protected identity status. Sex includes gender identity. The law also strives to bring transparency to promotional decisions made at the university, requiring CSU to announce all promotional opportunities before a final decision is made.

Please click here to view additional details regarding this new act and changes to the Talent Management System and processes.

COVID-19 Guidance from OEO

Click here to download the CSU Mask Exemption Form for Employees

Students, staff, faculty, and visitors must wear a mask in all University buildings. This requirement is in place to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 among our university community.

Academic faculty in classrooms and supervisors managing on-site employees may encounter situations when a student or employee forgets to wear a mask or refuses to wear one.

To support our faculty and supervisors, we have prepared a suggested script for supervisors who may need to address an employee not wearing a mask or following public health orders, as well as a script for academic faculty who may need to address a student not wearing a mask. The scripts can be found here.

Message to University Community: Requirement to Wear a Face Mask and Process to Seek an Exemption

As we begin the fall semester, Colorado State University recognizes that the ever changing COVID-19 situation requires adaptation and one example is that students, staff, faculty, and visitors must wear a mask in all University buildings. This requirement is in place to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 among our university community.

We acknowledge that wearing a mask for extended periods of time is an adjustment. We further recognize that, for many individuals, wearing a mask for extended periods of time or, in some cases at all, presents a unique challenge. Some of our employees and students experience mental and/or physical impairments that either impede their ability to wear a mask or that may be significantly impacted by wearing a mask.

Click here to download the Request for Religious Exemption from COVID-19 Screening Form (PDF)

All students and employees who are not fully vaccinated and who are working, visiting, living, or attending any hybrid or face-to-face course on a CSU campus or other university grounds in Larimer County must screen for COVID-19 twice a week. Click here for CSU COVID-19 Screening information.

To request an exemption due to a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance, please complete this exemption form, and submit the completed form to the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO). Please be advised that OEO will review and evaluate each request on a case-by-case basis and cannot guarantee any exemptions or reasonable accommodations. To properly process your request, OEO may request additional information or documentation to engage in an interactive process to determine whether you are eligible for an exemption or accommodation. Non-religious personal preferences and social and political reasons for not screening for COVID-19 are not protected by the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act or Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, and requests of this nature will be denied.

Employees experiencing challenges accessing or using assistive technology while teleworking can contact the ATRC at 970-491-6258 or atrc@colostate.edu.

For general concerns accessing electronic information at CSU please refer to the ACNS website or report an electronic access issue at CSU here.

CSU Human Resources’ COVID-19 FAQs answer common questions for faculty, staff and student employees about the impacts of COVID-19 on leave, work arrangements and other concerns.

Please consult the COVID-19 Human Resources FAQs to learn more about Human Resources’ guidance.

As Colorado State University navigates the challenges and opportunities presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the following is guidance for searches and hiring at the present time and moving forward.

The Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) is issuing revised guidance on searches and finalist interviews based on the latest guidance from the Pandemic Preparedness Team incorporating guidance from Larimer County, the State of Colorado, and the Center for Disease Control. Units may continue to conduct all interviewing, semifinalists and finalists, via video. If a unit has a physical presence on one of the campuses and all members of the unit and stakeholders participating in interviews will be physically available on campus, the unit may conduct in-person interviews of finalists. It may be that a finalist may not wish to travel and/or interview in person. At this time, OEO will approve a mix of in-person and virtual interviews for finalists in a search in recognition of the transition period we are in at this stage of the pandemic. Though a mix of in-person and video interviews does not provide the consistency OEO seeks in searches, it is important for CSU to remain competitive in the current labor market as we seek to hire the best talent, thus, flexibility will be afforded for the next few months as we evaluate next steps. Permission no longer needs to be sought from the Pandemic Preparedness Team to conduct in-person interviews. OEO will revisit this guidance when necessary as we assess the search environment at that time.

As Colorado State University now requires vaccinations against COVID-19, the following language may be added to job postings to notify potential applicants: Beginning Monday, August 16, 2021, Colorado State University has mandated vaccinations against COVID-19. Faculty and staff are required to submit their vaccine status or declare an exemption. More information about the vaccination mandate can be found on the CSU COVID-19 Information & Resources site here. This information is provided to potential applicants when they visit the CSU jobs website.

Do not hesitate to contact the Office of Equal Opportunity for faculty and administrative professional searches at oeo@colostate.edu or (970) 491-5836 and the Employment Team in Human Resources for state classified searches at (970) 491-MyHR(6947) with any questions you may have.

For additional information, please consult the COVID-19 Human Resources FAQ to see if guidance has already been provided. If you have any questions, please reach out to OEO at oeo@colostate.edu.

Welcome to the Office of Equal Opportunity at Colorado State University

The Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) supports Colorado State University’s commitment to promote human and intellectual diversity by fostering an inclusive environment for all members of the University community. OEO ensures the University’s obligations of equal access and equal opportunity in education and employment for all faculty, staff and students through the application and implementation of policies, procedures and practices that are equitable, transparent and understood by members of the University community.