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How will university hiring processes change?

Editor’s note: The 2024 General Legislature remains in session until March 1. This FAQ will be updated as we learn more.

On Jan. 5, 2024, University of Utah President Taylor Randall sent a message to campus that said, “In light of recent statements made by elected leaders and directives from the Utah Board of Higher Education to eliminate diversity questions or statements used in hiring at Utah’s higher education institutions, all hiring units at the university should discontinue the use of any type of diversity statements or similar practices as part of their unit-level applicant or employee hiring processes.”

With the passage of HB 261, "Equal Opportunity Initiatives," that guidance also becomes state law. Changes to hiring practices, including the use of EDI statements, are effective immediately. The rest of the new law will take effect on July 1, 2024.

This FAQ document addresses how to implement that directive for faculty searches. Please keep in mind that this FAQ document may be revised from time to time, as circumstances in the state and any communications from the Utah Board of Higher Education or the University of Utah president evolve.

Below are some frequently asked questions.

Frequently asked questions