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

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 a 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. During the summer, OEO will approve a mix of in person and video 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 prepare to reunite for fall 2021. Permission no longer needs to be sought from the Pandemic Preparedness Team to conduct in person interviews. OEO will revisit this guidance in September as we assess the search environment at that time.

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.