Summary: UNIVERSITY HUMAN RESOURCES
Office of the Director
March 24, 2010
TO: Vice Presidents, Deans, Directors and Department Heads
FROM: Dale Anderson, Director University Human Resources
RE: New Federal Requirements Regarding Race and Ethnicity for Employees
The Federal government has recently revised the requirements for collecting data on race
and ethnicity. As a result of these changes, most employers, including higher education, must
allow employees to identify more than one category of racial identification, if they so choose.
The University has made the requisite changes to our systems, and effective Wednesday, March
24, 2010, the PHR and ARES On-Line Data Verification Form will allow the multiple selection
Later this week, University Human Resources will be sending an email to all faculty,
staff, and student employees asking them to verify and update (if desired), their current ethnic
and racial sections using the On-Line Data Verification Form at http://www.ares.umd.edu/home.
Additional information regarding the new guidelines can be found at the Office of
Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment website at:
https://www.irpa.umd.edu/WhatsNew/new_ethnicity_explain.cfm or by contacting the PHR
Service Center at 301.405.7575.