University of Iowa

Annual policy reminders - UI Accessibility Statement and the UI Nondiscrimination Statement

To: 
Deans, Directors, and Departmental Executive Officers
From: 
Kevin D. Ward, Interim Vice President for Human Resources; Georgina Dodge, Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer; Kevin Kregel, Associate Provost for Faculty
Date: 
Oct. 4, 2016
Subject: 
Annual policy reminders- UI Accessibility Statement and the UI Nondiscrimination Statement

ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT

The University of Iowa is required under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to inform the public of their rights and protections under the ADA, including access to reasonable accommodations such as auxiliary aids, interpreters, or other reasonable accommodations when attending university-sponsored public events. Per the university’s Accessibility Statement, the following language must be included in all institutional or departmental publications that describe or invite public participation in programs at the university, whether the publication is dispersed via print or electronic means, published on the Internet, or advertised using social media. 

"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 the sponsoring department is responsible for making the necessary reasonable accommodations.

The text of the statement can be found in the university’s Operations Manual at: https://opsmanual.uiowa.edu/community-policies/disability-protection-policy-and-accessibility-statement/accessibility-statement.

NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

As you print or revise publications for your department, please be aware that the university’s Nondiscrimination Statement must be included in all departmental publications such as brochures, pamphlets, manuals, guidebooks, and websites describing or inviting participation in programs at the University of Iowa. The inclusion of the Nondiscrimination Statement is required by federal regulation 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.

With the widespread use of desktop publishing, it is important for individual departments to be aware of this requirement and to include the Nondiscrimination Statement in departmental publications that are printed by entities other than Printing Services, University Communications and Marketing, or UIHC Marketing and Communications. Please use the text of the Nondiscrimination Statement, as follows:

University of Iowa Nondiscrimination 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.

There is no requirement that the text of the Nondiscrimination Statement be placed on departmental homepages. A link to the Nondiscrimination Statement is located on the university’s homepage and the text of the statement can be found in the university’s Operations Manual at https://opsmanual.uiowa.edu/community-policies/nondiscrimination-statement.

Questions regarding the implementation of either of these policies may be directed to the director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (Ms. Jennifer Modestou) or the university’s ADA Coordinator (Ms. Tiffini Stevenson Earl) in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (319-335-0705 or diversity@uiowa.edu).

cc:      Jennifer Modestou, Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity
          Tiffini Stevenson Earl, Compliance Specialist and ADA Coordinator, Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity
          Nathan Stucky, Senior Human Resources Specialist, Faculty and Staff Disability Services, University Human Resources
          Rebecca Iliff, Leave and Disability Administrator, UI Health Care Human Resources

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