Revision of UI's Human Rights Policy Effective September 26, 2014 (October 22, 2014)

July 01, 2015

The University of Iowa's Human Rights Policy has been revised by a committee convened by President Mason to combine the Human Rights Policy and discrimination complaint procedures into one chapter of the university's Operations Manual. The revised policy is available at  Changes include:

  • Adding religion, pregnancy, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, and service in the U.S. military as protected categories (Section 3.1)
  • Clarifying that reasonable accommodations will be provided to persons with disabilities (Section 3.1)
  • Clarifying that reasonable accommodations will be provided for religious practices (Section 3.1)
  • Adding sections on policy and rationale, definitions, process for bringing a complaint, sanctions, procedures, protections against retaliation and of the respondent, and confidentiality resources and expectations
  • Extending the period for typical complaint processing to 60 days (Section 3.3(c))
  • Adding an evidentiary standard (Section 3.3(c))
  • Adding appeal procedures (Section 3.6)

The former Policy on Complaints of Discrimination was rescinded due to redundancy with the revised Human Rights Policy.

The university's Nondiscrimination Statement ( will be updated to reflect the new areas of protected status.

If you have questions, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity at or 319-335-0705.

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About the author

Jennifer Modestou, Director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity

Jennifer Modestou

Director of Equal Opportunity & Diversity, Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Jennifer has worked at the University of Iowa’s Equal Opportunity and Diversity office since 1992.  Prior to her appointment as director of the office in 2007, she served as its director of campus relations. 

A native of California, Jennifer received a bachelor of arts degree (with honors) in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.  Jennifer spent a year abroad in Italy as an undergraduate, studying Italian language/culture at the University for Foreigners in Perugia and studying political science and economics at the University of Padova, Italy.