University Policies

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  • Policy Title: Veteran's Preference
  • Policy Number: ESU-PO-2010-005
  • Effective: Date not Provided
  • Adopted: April 14, 2011
  • Last Reviewed: N/A
  • Amended: N/A
  • Related Policies: Discrimination and Harassment

Policy Statement:

It is a policy of the University to provide a hiring preference to veterans who possess the requisite qualifications for a vacant position in recruitment and are eligible for appointment.

The University shall grant hiring preference at the time a veteran is in the finalist pool of any search when a search is open to any applicant, internal or external.

If more than one veteran is in a finalist pool, the best qualified veteran shall receive the hiring preference.

As a general rule, Veterans' Preference is not applied in cases of promotion, or if the position is only open to current employees.

University employees may only exercise those rights for a promotion opportunity if the employee is in a less than full-time regular status, such as temporary, part-time, seasonal or emergency.

Appeal Statement:

Not Specified in Current Policy

Definitions:

Veteran: Any person discharged under honorable conditions who has served in the Armed Forces of the United States, or any women's organization connected with those forces, during any war or armed conflict; or any honorably discharged person who has served since July 27, 1953.

DD-214 forms are required for verification of honorable discharge status. Honorable, good, satisfactory, indifferent and special discharges are considered under honorable terms by the Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission.

Further Commission guidance advises that persons who have not completed their initial military service commitment, including National Guard and Reserve members currently in their first term of service, are not eligible for the preference.

Finalist Pool:The group of candidates that has successfully traversed all phases of the search and is determined eligible for employment by the hiring authority utilizing the criteria established and announced prior to the start of the search.

These criteria may include successful completion of an interview or series of interviews, satisfactory or exceptional work history and references, satisfactory recommendations from a search committee, as well as other demonstrations from which constituent feedback is solicited and considered.

Other Relevant Information:

Veterans' Preference Procedures