Notice to Employment Applicants

Palomar College’s Commitment to Diversity

Palomar College is committed to employing qualified faculty, staff, and administrators who are dedicated to supporting the success of our diverse student population.  The College recognizes that diversity in the academic environment fosters cultural awareness, promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitable role models for all students.  Palomar College is committed to hiring and staff development processes that support the goals of equal employment opportunity and diversity and provide equal consideration for all qualified candidates.  The College’s core values include:

  • Access – We make education possible for everyone.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – We recognize and respect diversity, seek to foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, and strive to address inequities.

For more about our commitment to diversity, see Palomar College’s vision, mission, and values.

Equal Employment Opportunity

In all phases of recruitment and hiring, equal opportunity is afforded to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on the basis of characteristics including, but not limited to: ethnic group identification, race, color, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, sex, gender, gender identity, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, transgender, marital status, veteran status, medical conditions, union membership or on the basis of these perceived characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.  For more information, see the District’s equal employment opportunity policies, procedures, and plans.

Eligibility to work in the United States

Palomar College employs individuals who are legally eligible to work in the United States in accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.  See the District’s Administrative Procedure 7125 – Verification of Eligibility for Employment for further details.

Palomar College does not sponsor visas for employees or assist employees in obtaining work visas.

Applicants With Criminal Conviction History

The existence of a criminal record does not constitute an automatic bar to employment, with the exception of certain sex or drug offenses specifically prescribed by the California Education Code. In addition, Palomar College will consider qualified applicants with a criminal history pursuant to the California Fair Chance Act. In the case of drug convictions, further consideration is given to personal rehabilitation efforts, as well as a certificate of rehabilitation and pardon. You do not need to disclose your criminal history or participate in a background check until a conditional job offer is made to you. When selected for hire, data regarding criminal conviction history will be collected, and you will be required to undergo Live Scan fingerprinting for purposes of obtaining your criminal conviction history from the California Department of Justice. After making a conditional offer and running a background check, if Palomar College is concerned about a conviction that is directly related to the job, you will be given the chance to explain the circumstances surrounding the conviction, provide mitigating evidence, or challenge the accuracy of the background report. Your Live Scan results and data you provide regarding your conviction history will be kept separate and confidential from your application materials and other documents on file in Human Resource Services. It will not be seen by anyone outside of Human Resource Services. For more information, review Administrative Procedure 7127 Restrictions Governing the Employment of Applicants with Criminal Records. To find out more about the Fair Chance Act, visit the Civil Right’s Department Fair Chance Act webpage.

Campus Security Authority (CSA)

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act final rule of November 1, 1999, designates certain members of the College community as Campus Security Authorities. According to federal law, the Palomar College Police Department is required to report statistics concerning certain criminal offenses reported to the University Police or any Campus Security Authority that occur on campus, on non-campus property utilized by the College, and on public property adjacent to the campus. Please visit the Palomar College Police Department CSA website for more information or call 760-891-7273.