4.  AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

The Board of Regents believes and supports the view that every individual has the right to expect that all decisions with reference to employment, i.e. selection, discipline, promotion or termination, and all decisions with reference to student status, i.e. admission, academic achievements and discipline, be made without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, physical handicap or disability, status as a Vietnam Era ¬Veteran, sexual orientation or other factors which cannot be lawfully considered, to the extent specified by applicable federal and state laws.  To this end, each state university shall develop and maintain an equal employment opportunity, equal educational opportunity and non-discrimination policy in the operation and administration of all University programs and services.

Notwithstanding the above, and in accordance with K.S.A. 73-201 et seq., and amendments thereto, positive consideration in hiring decisions shall be given to Vietnam Era Veterans for whom that law applies.

Further, each state university shall establish a comprehensive affirmative action program designed to provide equal employment and educational opportunities as required and allowed by law.