In accordance with Virginia state policy, a veteran’s military service will be taken into consideration by VCU during the selection process provided the veteran meets the minimum requirements of the available position.
Eligible veteran: A veteran is defined as a person who served in any branch of the United States Armed Forces, Virginia National Guard or Reserves. Preference will also be given to the surviving spouse and/or children of veterans killed in the line of duty.
Preference afforded to veterans in recruitment process: Veterans’ preference will be afforded to eligible veterans for both faculty and staff positions. Preference will apply for initial employment, subsequent employment, promotions and competitive transfers.
Hiring managers and/or search committees must ensure that preference is given to veterans. After the initial application screening, hiring managers will treat veteran status as a preferred qualification and veteran status with service-connected disability as an additional preferred qualification. For example, if a veteran meets the minimum qualifications for a position, the search committee should consider his/her veteran status as a preferred qualification.
An applicant with veterans’ preference must be offered the job when his/her qualifications (job-related experience and skills) are “substantially equal” to the best qualified applicant not eligible for veterans’ preference.