Office of Equal Opportunity
Race and Ethnicity FAQ and Harassment Resources
FAQ for Collection of Race and Ethnicity Data
Why does MSU Denver ask me to identify personal information such as gender, race and ethnicity?
MSU Denver is a federal contractor; which means that we receive funds from the federal government in the form of financial aid and research funds. All federal contractors are required to complete an annual Affirmative Action Plan as well as report summary data about employees to the government.
What laws require MSU Denver to collect personal demographic data?
Since MSU Denver is a federal contractor we are subject to the laws and regulations issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Executive Order 11246 requires MSU Denver to create and maintain an annual Affirmative Action Plan. Part of the Affirmative Action Plan requires us to produce a workforce analysis which contains summary data about our employees. MSU Denver also is required to file annual reports with the federal government containing summary data about our employees (type of job held, gender and race/ethnicity). This is required by the Department of Labor (DOL), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Department of Education (DOE).
What would happen if MSU Denver did not collect and report on the race and ethnicity data?
If MSU Denver ignored the regulations and did not comply, it could result in additional monitoring by the OFCCP and other federal agencies and could result in debarment; possibly causing the University to lose millions of dollars received from the federal government in the form of financial aid for our students, research grants, etc…
What are the categories used for race and ethnicity and how were these decided?
The categories for race and ethnicity are carefully formed and defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). All organizations are required to use these same categories in order for the government to collect and maintain standardized data. The following are the categories as defined by the EEOC:
• Hispanic/Latino – a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race. If you are Hispanic/Latino you may not select any of the races which follow.
• American Indian or Alaskan Native - a person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America) and who maintains a tribal affiliation or community attachment.
• Asian - a person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent.
• Black or African American - a person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.
• Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander - a person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa or other Pacific
Racial Harassment Resources
- Frequently Asked Questions about Racial Harassment
- Checklist for a Comprehensive Approach to Addressing Racial Harassment
- Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin