Revision of UI's Human Rights Policy Effective September 26, 2014 (October 22, 2014)
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 http://opsmanual.uiowa.edu/community-policies/human-rights. 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The former Policy on Complaints of Discrimination was rescinded due to redundancy with the revised Human Rights Policy.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 (http://opsmanual.uiowa.edu/community-policies/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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-335-0705.