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Institutional Equity & Diversity

Old Dominion University has a long and proud legacy of commitment to the principles of equality and equal opportunity for all students, faculty and staff. The mission of the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity is to provide leadership and support on matters relating to equity, diversity, respect and inclusiveness for all members of the Old Dominion University community. The staff provides guidance, support and delivery of programming, services and educational initiatives to University faculty, staff, and students to support diversity, inclusiveness, equal access, equitable treatment, cultural understanding and the prevention of prohibited discrimination and harassment.

The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity oversees, facilitates and supports the University's efforts to ensure equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex (including pregnancy), political affiliation, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

To fulfill our mission, the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity provides:

  • Information, consultation, training, resources to the University community with regard to diversity, harassment and discrimination prevention, affirmative action, equal opportunity and disability matters;
  • Individual consultation with University supervisors, staff, faculty, students, and administrators;
  • A mechanism for responding to complaints of harassment and discrimination including alternative dispute resolution options;

Oversight of and support for the University's compliance efforts in the areas of equal opportunity, affirmative action, harassment and discrimination prevention, and compliance with all applicable State and Federal civil rights laws.

Harassment of any one or in any context is unacceptable at Old Dominion University. Below, please find links for the University's Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures. A member of the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity staff is available to answer your questions about the applicable resolution process.

Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures

ODU faculty, staff and students who believe that they have been discriminated against based on any of the protected categories listed in the policy below have the right to seek resolution through the Office of Institutional Equity & Diversity. The policy offers both formal and informal resolution options. Use of the informal option does not preclude a complainant from later pursuing the formal process.

Discrimination Complaint Policy and Procedures


Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. It reads:

"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from

participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination

under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

"Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation

at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX).

Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual assault.

While it is often thought of as a law that only applies to athletics programs, Title IX is much broader than Athletics and applies to many programs at Old Dominion University.

For More Information see


The University's salary equity review process is designed to resolve, as fairly and completely as human judgment allows, the problems associated with salary differentials that affect members of protected classes of employees. The University's policies prohibit discrimination, whether of not intentional on the basis of race, ethnic origin, sex and sexual orientation. The exercise of this policy seeks to eliminate statistically significant salary differentials that have arisen because of these factors. This policy does not deal with salary differentials that have arisen because of other factors such as salary compression.

For further information see:

Salary Equity Review

For Self-Identifiers:

Self-Identification Forms

Examples of Submission Statements

The commitment of Old Dominion University to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity requires that decisions involving students and employees be based on merit and be free from invidious discrimination in all its forms. ODU will not engage in discrimination or harassment against any person because of the following protected categories: race, color, religion, sex( including pregnancy), national origin, ancestry, age, political affiliation, genetic information, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status and will comply with all federal, state and applicable local nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action laws, orders and regulations.

In furtherance of the University's commitment to the principles of equality and equal opportunity for all students, faculty, staff and visitors, this statement and the associated procedures are established to provide a means to address complaints of discrimination or harassment based on the protected categories. The University will comply with all federal and state nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action laws, orders and regulations.

The University is committed to providing prompt and effective resolution of incidents of discrimination or harassment. The University encourages informal resolutions of discrimination complaints as close to the source as possible. If disciplinary action is warranted, discipline will be imposed in accordance with applicable university statutes and relevant university rules and regulations. Retaliation against any person for participating in this process will not be tolerated. Additionally, the University can unilaterally initiate any and all steps under this policy and procedures when it learns, either directly or indirectly, that discrimination, sexual harassment or retaliation is alleged to be taking place.

Inquiries or complaints may be directed to the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, 121A Spong Hall, (757) 683-3141, fax (757) 683-5844, officeofinstitutionalequitydiversity@odu.edu .