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In March of 2017 a team from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) conducted an Equal Employment Opportunity/Civil Rights Compliance Review of the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station based in the college. USDA requires the review because of the federal formula funding the Experiment Station receives through the Hatch and McIntire-Stennis programs.

The purpose of the review is to ensure that we comply with federal and USDA non-discrimination laws. While on campus, the review team collected program and employment data and conducted interviews to assess if citizens are denied access to our research programs.

To ensure compliance, the report identified several key activities for the college, including:

  • Reviewing existing policies and procedures to ensure the academic progress and financial support for a graduate student continues in the event the student files a discrimination complaint
  • Identifying and removing any possible barriers to hiring female or racial and ethnic minorities
  • Training staff on accommodating clientele with physical and sensory disabilities at field days
  • Making research information and research facilities accessible to those with limited English proficiency

Dean VandenBosch and other college leaders will work with the Academic Planning Council, Research Advisory Council, Equity and Diversity Committee and others to implement recommendations contained in the report.

Read the full report from the Civil Rights Compliance review team.

Read the college’s response.

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