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Old Dominion University is committed to the achievement of equality of opportunity in education and employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status, or political affiliation. The principle of equality is provided by law and is consistent with the ideals and mission of the University. Only through effective programs of affirmative action and strong commitment from members of the University community can we eradicate discrimination and accomplish equal opportunity for all.

The University, through its Affirmative Action Program, seeks to expand its effort to guarantee equality of opportunity in employment and education and to reduce under representation and underutilization of diverse populations. Towards that end, the President appoints an Advisory committee to promote campus-wide commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action. The major function of the President's Advisory Committee on Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity is to advise the President and the Assistant Vice President of Institutional Equity and Diversity on programs, services, and policies affecting protected classes. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Conducting specific EO program evaluations to determine the effectiveness of the Affirmative Action Plan (s);
  • Developing recommendation to the president for action programs to improve the status of diverse populations;
  • Serving as a sounding board for determining attitudes toward minorities and women;
  • Serving as a member of an investigative panel for discrimination complaints when selected in accordance with the University Discrimination Complaint Procedure;
  • Meeting regularly to discuss results of evaluations, identify problems, propose solutions to those problems, and determine ways in which the Committee may assist the President, the Assistant Vice President of Institutional Equity and Diversity, and the University.

The Committee consists of representatives who serve as liaisons for their respective constituents of faculty, administrative faculty, staff and students from the following areas: Institutional Equity and Diversity Office, the Asian Advisory Council, Academic Affairs, Admissions, the Coalition of Black Faculty and Administrators (CBFA), Educational Accessibility, Faculty Senate, the Hourly and Classified Employees Association (HACE), Hispanic & Latino Employee Association (HLEA), Human Resources, Institutional Advancement, International Programs, Multicultural Student Services, Public Safety, Student Services, Student Senate, University Relations, Women's Caucus, Women's Center and each respective College.

The Committee comprises a number of subcommittees determined by the Committee's annual assessment of the needs of the University community. The Committee meets once a month from September through May. In the month of May, the Committee meets with the President to present any observations or recommendations they have developed for the year.

Committee members are knowledgeable on the following policies: The University Discrimination Complaint Procedure; The University Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedure; The Accommodation of Students with Disabilities Policy and Procedure, and The Accommodations for Faculty and Administrators with Disabilities Procedure. If you have any relative concerns, contact the Institutional Equity and Diversity Office, or a member of the committee directly.

The U.S. Constitution guarantees equal treatment under law to all of its citizens. Indeed, it has become an American ideal to have equal opportunity for all, in which everyone is guaranteed the same right to employment and education, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, political affliation, or disability.

Sadly however, the ideal is not yet a reality. Not everyone has been afforded equal opportunities and whether intentional or not, discrimination still exists. Only through effective affirmative action programs in combination with a strong commitment to diversity, can we eradicate discrimination and accomplish equal opportunity for all.

Old Dominion University is committed to making equal opportunity a reality on its campus. To that end, the Accessibility Committee was initially established to make the entire campus facility accessible to people with physical disabilities. The major function of the Accessibility Committee was to monitor the construction and renovation activities of the University. In 1997, the Committee expanded its focus by addressing programmatic access issues for the entire University body. Currently, the committee identifies problems, proposes solutions to those problems, and makes recommendations accordingly. The Committee includes representatives from the following areas: Architectural Services, Facilities Management, Disability Services, Student Support Services, Recreational Sports, Institutional Equity and Diversity, Faculty, Staff and the Student body.

For additional information, please contact the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity at 757-683-3141.