Equal opportunity statements

The University of Iowa is dedicated to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for our students, faculty, and staff. The policies below are required on some communications and should be carefully evaluated for their inclusion before materials are printed.

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity is responsible for the implementation of all equal opportunity, affirmative action, and diversity policies. For questions about the policies listed below, please contact diversity@uiowa.edu.

Nondiscrimination statement

Required by federal regulation, this statement is designed to make clear to prospective applicants or participants the university’s commitment to equal opportunity in employment and equal access to its programs and activities.

Using the nondiscrimination statement in printed materials

All institutional and departmental publications that describe or invite participation in programs at the university—such as brochures, pamphlets, manuals, and guidebooks—are required to include the following statement:

”The University of Iowa prohibits discrimination in employment, educational programs, and activities on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, associational preferences, or any other classification that deprives the person of consideration as an individual. The university also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to university facilities. For additional information on nondiscrimination policies, contact the Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, the University of Iowa, 202 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242-1316, 319-335-0705 (voice), 319-335-0697 (TDD), diversity@uiowa.edu.”

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Tips for using the nondiscrimination statement:

  • Required on all communications, including recruitment publications, brochures, and postcards where you are describing university programs or offerings
  • Required on all job postings (included in the OTAC system by default)
  • The statement must be legible, using an adequate point size and high contrast

Accessibility statement

The University of Iowa is required by federal law to inform the public of their rights and protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This includes access to accommodations such as auxiliary aids, interpreters, or other reasonable accommodation requests while attending university-sponsored public events.

Using the accessibility statement in printed materials

In compliance with the university’s obligations under applicable federal and state law, all institutional and departmental publications that describe or invite public participation in events or programs at the university are required to include the following statement:

”Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact (insert: the sponsoring department or contact person) in advance at (insert: telephone number).”

The sponsoring department name or contact person and telephone number must be incorporated into the statement, as it is the responsibility of the sponsoring department, which is most familiar with the event, to make the necessary reasonable accommodations.

You should be advised that before an accommodation request can be modified or denied, the department must review with the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity its reason for believing the request should be modified or denied and the alternatives the department considered in making its assessment. This is to ensure that the university carefully assesses various options before declining to provide accommodations and to ensure consistent application of the law. The Disability Accommodation Request Form (available online) is to be used for this purpose by department administrators who receive requests for accommodations, or by staff members requesting accommodations. The purpose of the form is to record requests for accommodations, and the university’s response thereto, as well as to provide a means of reviewing such requests.

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Tips for using the accessibility statement:

  • Use on all event communications, such as flyers, invitations, and brochures where you are inviting an individual to campus
  • The statement must be legible, using an adequate point size and high contrast
  • Include the sponsoring department name or contact person and telephone number