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Equal opportunity for all is an American ideal, guaranteeing everyone the same right to employment and education. However, the ideal is not yet a reality; not everyone has been afforded equal rights. Whether it is intentional or not, discrimination still exists. Only through effective programs of affirmative action and strong commitment from the institution, to create a culture of diversity where all individuals and groups can engage in their differences in a process of mutual enrichment, can we eradicate discrimination and accomplish equal opportunity for all.

Policy Statement

"It is the policy of Old Dominion University to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or genetic information."

Under the direction of ReNeé S. Dunman, Assistant Vice President, Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity is responsible for coordinating and monitoring Old Dominion University's Affirmative Action Plans with the responsibility for advising, reporting and implementing all matters related to compliance with federal and state equal opportunity and affirmative action legislation. This responsibility includes, but is not limited to: monitoring the employment and educational policies, practices and procedures of the University; assisting with the resolution of discrimination and employee relations complaints; and providing education programming for students, faculty and staff.

The Office is also responsible for the President's Advisory Committee on Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Diversity; the Committee on Sexual Harassment; the Physical Accessibility Committee; administering the Discrimination Complaint Procedure and Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures; the Accommodation of Students with Disabilities Policy and Procedures and Guidelines on AIDS in the Workplace..

The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity assists the University community to clarify diversity issues, and to balance, negotiate and dissipate myths surrounding all aspects of diversity, equal opportunity and affirmative action. The Office is an instrument to reflect Old Dominion University's commitment to being an open and free place where all individuals of the community can grow and flourish.

For more information regarding the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity and/or relevant policies, please contact us at 757-683-3141. For hearing impaired callers, please use the Virginia Relay Service (1-800-828-1140).