1 UNF Dr
J.J. Daniel Hall
Building 1, Suite 1201
Jacksonville, FL 32224-7699
Phone: (904) 620-2507
Fax: (904) 620-1004
Pregnancy should not be discussed at all during the interview process even if the candidate brings it up. Please see the links below for more information from the EEOC on the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and interview guidelines recommended by UNF/EOD.
A few main considerations:
It is recommended that we align any questions with what is asked on each application. The application simply asks whether they have read the notice. However, you can reiterate the notice and ask if they have any questions or concerns with confirming what will be asked of them (providing documentation confirming legal right to work) at hire.
If the committee members or hiring official(s) are the same, then they can be interviewed once; however the positions and interview questions must be the same or substantially similar. If the positions are different, they should be interviewed separately for each position.
Although the positions may be similar, because the two positions are not the same title (or same position description), the pool from one cannot be used for the other. If the hiring official knows who they want to offer the position to, they may apply for a waiver of a formal search from the President; however these are not done often.
Aside from the waiver, you may post the position as is normally done and send the posting information to the applicants you interviewed encouraging them to apply. You may provide general information and let them know you feel their skills, etc., may match this position if they are interested in applying. It is important to not convey that they “have” the job, or are even guaranteed an interview because all applications will still need to be reviewed and only one will be offered the position. Since they have already applied at UNF, they should log into OASys and the system will pull up all of their information from the last application and give them the option to attach those same documents to apply for your new position.
Yes, if you have thoroughly documented your efforts to schedule an on-campus interview that resulted in scheduling conflicts. Suggested communication may include “We are sorry you were not available for the on-campus interview. Unfortunately you could not be contacted and/or your scheduling conflicts prevented an interview. Therefore, our process has proceeded. Please know that you may continue to apply for future positions you believe match your qualifications. Thank you for considering UNF.”
Interviews must be coordinated to fit the schedules of all committee members, etc. and the search must also continue to meet internal deadlines.
Yes. The application includes the note below and asks for confirmation that it has been read. As the candidate was technically not eligible for employment at the time of the verbal offer, the offer can be rescinded according to the statement on the application.
Note: The Immigration and Nationality Act requires all individuals seeking employment at the University of North Florida to provide documentation at the time of hire that verifies their identity and confirms their legal right to work in the United States. In addition, federal law requires this documentation to be provided within three days of employment.
Have you read the above notice?
Minutes need only to reflect the overall outcome in general.
Since fall 2012, EOD has conducted larger training sessions instead of the many individual committee sessions primarily due to compliance, to increase efficiency and to better communicate the University's expectations to improve diversity and guard against litigious action. All members, prospective members, and liaisons of search and screening committees are required to attend the training that covers everything involved in the process.
If 51 percent or more of the committee members have received the training, all committee members may serve. Those who have not received the training may take the training session while serving on the committee. If a committee member has attended the training session, they do not have to take the session again unless required to do so as a result of policy changes.
If there is a member of the search committee that is not a UNF employee or student, i.e., an external member, that person is not required to go through the training, but is welcome do so if they wish.
Government-in-the-Sunshine law provides a right of access to governmental
proceedings at both the state and local levels. It applies to any gathering of
two or more members of the same board to discuss some matter which will foresee
ably come before that board for action. There is also a constitutionally
guaranteed right of access. Virtually all state and local collegial public
bodies are covered by the open meetings requirements with the exception of the
judiciary and the state Legislature which has its own constitutional provision
relating to access.
The Sunshine law
requires that 1) meetings of boards or commissions must be open to the public;
2) reasonable notice of such meetings must be given, and 3) minutes of the
meeting must be taken.
Law applies to "any board or commission of any state agency or authority
or of any agency or authority of any county, municipal corporation or political
subdivision." Thus, it applies to public collegial bodies within the state
at both the local as well as state level. It applies equally to elected or
appointed boards or commissions.
The Sunshine law applies to
all discussions or deliberations as well as the formal action taken by a board
or commission. The law, in essence, is applicable to any gathering, whether
formal or casual, of two or more members of the same board or commission to
discuss some matter on which foreseeable action will be taken by the public
board or commission. There is no requirement that a quorum be present for a
meeting to be covered under the law.
There is no requirement under the Sunshine law that tape
recordings be made by a public board or commission, but if they are made, they
become public records.
Search committees are
allowed to adopt reasonable rules and regulations which ensure the orderly
conduct of a meeting and which require orderly behavior on the part of the
public attending. This includes prohibiting the public from speaking, limiting
the amount of time an individual can speak and, when a large number of people
attend and wish to speak, requesting that a representative of each side of the
issue speak rather than everyone present.
The Sunshine law requires that meetings of public boards or
commissions be "open to the public at all times." Thus, use of pre-assigned
numbers, codes or secret ballots would violate the law.
Committee members are not prohibited under the Sunshine law from
meeting together socially, provided that matters which may come before the committee
are not discussed at such gatherings.
Florida Supreme Court has determined that public records are all materials made
or received by an agency in connection with official business which are used to
perpetuate, communicate or formalize knowledge. They are not limited to
traditional written documents. Tapes, photographs, films and sound recordings
are also considered public records subject to inspection unless a statutory
As soon as a document is received by the search committee, it
becomes a public record, unless there is a legislatively created exemption
which makes it confidential and not subject to disclosure.
Short refresher courses will begin in spring 2015 for individuals.
Regular courses will continue each
semester for persons who have not undergone the full training course.
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