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Nearly 3,500 Old Dominion students received bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees during four ceremonies held May 10 and 11 at ODU's Ted Constant Convocation Center. Photos by Chuck Thomas/ODU


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 Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity exists 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.

This office is also responsible for coordinating and monitoring ODU's Affirmative Action Plans and 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. Additionally, the office administers the Discrimination Complaint Procedure Policy, the Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures, and the Accommodation of Students with Disabilities Policy Procedures.

The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity 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.