The University of Washington admitted that race was inappropriately considered in the hiring process for an assistant professor position in the Department of Psychology, violating university policy.
The review conducted by UW’s Civil Rights Investigation Office found that race was inappropriately used despite guidance against it.
The successful candidate was deemed qualified and had no knowledge of the concerns raised.
University of Washington released a public statement about the incident.
“The review was completed in September and indicates that race was inappropriately considered and used in a way that is inconsistent with University policy in the hiring process for an assistant professor position in the department.”
“Race was inappropriately considered in the hiring process even after some faculty received guidance from College of Arts & Sciences and University leadership that such considerations are inappropriate,” continued the statement.
As a result of the investigation, the Department of Psychology faced penalties, including a two-year ban on conducting searches for tenured and tenure-track faculty positions, and staff will undergo training on hiring practices.
The university stated, “The successful candidate is unquestionably qualified, and we are proud to have them as a valued faculty member in the department and at the University.”
Adding, “They had no knowledge of the concerns raised and have our full support and respect, which we have communicated directly.”
The University of Washington has expressed its commitment to diversity and equal opportunity in hiring while upholding policies and laws.
“Dean Harris and members of College of Arts & Sciences leadership have apologized to the affected candidates,” proclaimed the university in their statement.
“The UW is committed to diversity — and committed to equal opportunity in hiring — while upholding University policy and state and federal law. Our students and our state benefit from a faculty whose knowledge and understanding represent the diversity of Washington state,” insisted the statement.
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