Washington State University
BUSINESS POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL
Office for Equal Opportunity
Ethnic Origin Definitions
ETHNIC ORIGIN RECORDS
The federal government requires WSU to maintain a record of
the ethnic background of all WSU employees. (Executive Order 11246 (as amended
by EO 11375) and Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.)
Candidates voluntarily supply pre-employment ethnic data for
statistical purposes. This information is not available to interviewers
or to departments prior to selection.
- Faculty, and administrative/professional candidates complete the Applicant
Self-Identification card which the recruiting departments distributes to
the candidate. See 60.11 and 60.17.
- Human Resource Services asks classified staff candidates to complete
an Equal Opportunity Survey form.
Even though candidates indicate ethnic information during the
application process, the appointing unit must obtain ethnic information
from the successful candidate for personnel actions. See 60.25.
Use the following guidelines to determine the appropriate ethnic
The concept of race does not denote clear-cut, scientific definitions
or anthropological origins. This classification includes people in groups
with which the people appear to belong, with which the people identify,
or with which the community classifies the individual as belonging.
A person with origins in any of the original peoples of the
Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian Subcontinent; including for example,
Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Phillippine
Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam. (Code 10)
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii,
Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands. (Native Hawaiian does not include
individuals who are native to the state of Hawaii by virtue of being born
there.) (Code 10)
Black or African American
A person with origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa.
American Indian or Alaska Native
A person with origins in any of the original peoples of North
America and South America (including Central America), and who maintains
tribal affiliation or community recognition as American Indian or Alaska
Native. (Code 30)
Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish Origin
A person with origins of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central
or South American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.
A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe,
the Middle East, or North Africa. (Code 50)