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Office of the Dean of the Faculty

Self-Identification Definitions

Last updated: June 30, 2010

You may update or amend this information at any time by contacting the Office of Human Resources or the Office of the Dean of the Faculty or by completing the Personal Data and Self-Identification Form. The form may be printed at your local printer, signed, and forwarded to your employing office. 

Completion of this information is voluntary.


Definitions of Race/Ethnicity

Self-Identification Definitions. Completion of this information is voluntary. All information is confidential and will be reported in statistical form only. Declining to provide this information will not subject you to any adverse treatment.

Ethnicity and Race – This two-part question is requested for statistical reporting purposes to government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Hispanic or Latino ethnicity: A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin (including Spain) regardless of race.
  • American Indian or Alaska Native: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment.
  • Asian: A person having 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 Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • Black or African American: A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: A person having origins in any of the peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.
  • White: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.

Military Status and Disability Status Self-Identification

Military Status and Disability Status Self-Identification. Princeton University has affirmative action programs for qualified individuals with disabilities and qualified protected veterans.  If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified individual with a disability or a qualified protected veteran, please complete this section and return this form to the appropriate office (see front).

This information is requested for statistical reporting purposes to government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Labor. Completion of this information is voluntary. All information is confidential and will be reported in statistical form only. Declining to provide this information will not subject you to any adverse treatment. Information regarding your disability may be disclosed to the extent that (1) your supervisor(s) may be informed of any work restrictions or reasonable accommodations needed, and (2) first aid personnel may be informed when and if you require emergency medical treatment.

Protected Veteran Categories:
  • Armed Forces Service Medal Veteran: A person who, while serving on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces Service Medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order 12985.
  • Other Protected Veteran: A person who served on active duty during a war (other than the Vietnam War) or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized. To identify the campaigns or expeditions that meet this criterion, please consult the VETS-100 web site (http://www.opm.gov/staffingportal/vgmedal2.asp).
  • Service Medal and Other Protected Veteran: A veteran as defined by both definitions above.
  • Veteran (VA Ineligible): A person who was released from military service on an “other than honorable” discharge.
  • Veteran of the Vietnam Era: A person who (1) served on active duty for more than 180 days, if any part of such active duty occurred: (I) in the Republic of Vietnam between February 28, 1961, and May 7, 1975; or (II) between August 5, 1964 and May 7, 1975 in all other cases; or (2) was discharged or released from active duty for a service connected disability if any part of such active duty was performed: (I) in the Republic of Vietnam between February 28, 1961, and May 7, 1975; or (II) between August 5, 1964 and May 7, 1975 in all other cases.
  • Vietnam Veteran and Other Protected Veteran: A veteran as defined by both definitions above.
Military Discharge Date: The date on which a person was discharged or released from military service.

Disability Categories:
  • Individual with a Disability: A person who 1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; 2) has a record of such an impairment; or 3) is regarded as having such an impairment. 
  • Disabled Veteran: A veteran who 1) is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs for a disability; or 2) was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability.