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The University recognizes and appreciates the important contributions made in service of our country by these men and women. In support of these students, the University has developed procedures to provide each student with maximum flexibility. Consistent with the policy developed during the Middle East crisis of 1990, students have the following options:

Withdraw the entire registration and 100% of the tuition and mandatory fees would be refunded. If arrangements are made with the instructor for grades or incompletes (to be made up later) in the courses, the registration would remain intact and tuition and mandatory fees would be assessed in full.

If arrangements are made with only some of the instructors for grades or incompletes, the registration for those courses would remain intact and tuition and mandatory fees would be assessed for those courses. Any courses for which arrangements cannot be made for grades or incompletes could be dropped and the tuition and mandatory fees for those courses would be refunded.

The option the student chooses obviously depends on the point in the session when the student is called to active duty. Financial aid is refunded in accordance with existing University and Federal policies for each of the above situations. Inquiries should be directed to the Office of Student Financial Aid. These procedures do not apply to reservists who are fulfilling their annual two-week active duty.

In addition to the above mentioned University of Iowa policy there are implications related to any financial aid you may have through the various federal programs. The rules on these are not necessarily within the control of this institution. Consultation with the Office of Student Financial Aid in Calvin Hall is advised as soon as is convenient.

Compensation for Military Leave of Absence

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Required by federal regulation, this statement is designed to make clear to prospective applicants or participants the university’s commitment to equal opportunity in employment and equal access to its programs and activities.

Using the Nondiscrimination Statement in Printed Materials

As you print or revise publications for your department, please be reminded that the university's Nondiscrimination Statement must be included in all departmental publications, such as brochures, pamphlets, manuals, and guidebooks, describing or inviting participation in programs at the University of Iowa.

The inclusion of the Nondiscrimination Statement is required by federal regulation and is designed to make clear to prospective applicants or participants the university's commitment to equal opportunity in employment and equal access to its programs and activities.

With the increase in desktop publishing, it is important for individual departments to be aware of this requirement and to include the Nondiscrimination Statement in departmental publications which are not printed by Printing Services, University Relations, or UIHC Public Information.

Some departments have inquired as to whether the text of the Nondiscrimination Statement must be placed on departmental web pages; there is no such requirement. A link to the Nondiscrimination Statement will be located on the University of Iowa's homepage.

Annual Policy Notifications

Non-Discrimination Statement in the UI Operations Manual

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A part of the U.S. Department of Labor, the OFCCP’s purpose is to enforce, on the behalf of job seekers and wage earners, affirmative action and equal employment opportunity required of those who do business with the Federal government.

US Department of Labor

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The University of Iowa is committed to identifying and recruiting the most talented faculty, staff, and students. This Recruitment Manual highlights how to effectively conduct faculty, and professional & scientific searches. 

The EOD staff provides consultation services and resources to the hiring departments about how to conduct effective searches. It is strongly recommended that before departments commence with initiating an active search that all HR Unit Reps/Admins receive specific information about the UI search process, equal employment opportunity/affirmative action (EEO/AA) guidelines and best practices. To request search training sessions please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity at (319)335-0798.

If you have questions regarding the policies and/or practices outlined in this manual, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity at 335-0705 (voice), 335-0697 (TDD), or diversity@uiowa.edu (link sends e-mail).

Best wishes on conducting successful searches.

Recruitment Manual

The University of Iowa is a community whose members hold a variety of religious and philosophical views. As a public institution we respect the separation of church and state as a constitutional principle and practice, and we hold, as one of our core values, a commitment to "vigilantly protect free expression of thought."

Institutionally-sponsored religious symbols are not appropriate in a public institution. We urge departments to be respectful of our diversity of beliefs and refrain from displaying within public areas in the workplace any religious symbols that may be seen as implying institutional support for a particular religious viewpoint. Departments should also exercise good judgment and sensitivity concerning the appropriateness of seasonal, non-religious symbols in the workplace.

Our concern about the appearance of institutional support for a particular religious viewpoint must be balanced against our respect for the rights of individuals to express religious views in their personal dress and in their personal workplaces that are not located in public areas and do not suggest institutional support.

What does this mean?

The guidelines distinguish between public areas and personal workplaces. A public area includes any university property where members of the public may come to receive services or attend public events. The following list provides a few examples of public areas:

the lawn on the Pentacrest

the service counter at Employment Services or the Cashier’s Office

Carver-Hawkeye Arena

the main lobby at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

other common spaces within colleges or units (see below)

Religious symbols should not be displayed in public spaces such as these.  The university celebrates the religious diversity of our community. However, as a public institution, the university should not appear to support any particular religion.

Certain common areas within work units may also be public spaces. These are spaces that are shared by multiple employees in the performance of their jobs. Such areas would include break rooms, conference rooms, and reception areas within work units. Because these areas are shared, and are not personal workspaces, religious symbols are not appropriate in these spaces because they may cause discomfort to individual employees, students, or visitors who use that space but do not subscribe to that religion.

Personal workspaces are areas occupied by a single university employee and where the public generally does not enter. Private offices or cubicles, for example, may be personal workspaces. Individual employees may exercise their right to express their religious views and display religious symbols in their personal workspaces and in their personal dress. However, if members of the university community (students, faculty, or staff) regularly enter a private office to conduct university business, the occupant of that office must consider whether religious symbols might be viewed as implying university support for that religion. In addition, the occupant should consider that such a display may cause discomfort to individuals who enter their office to conduct university business. Good judgment will dictate whether religious symbols in a private office are appropriate given these considerations.

What are religious symbols?

Any item that is linked to a particular religion is considered a religious symbol. For example, nativity sets, menorahs, the Star of David, a cross or crucifix, and images of Jesus, all would be considered to be religious symbols. Evergreen trees are not considered to be religious symbols, according to U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Therefore, evergreen trees in public areas are not prohibited by the Religious Guidelines. However, an evergreen tree displayed in a public area should not be decorated with religious symbols.

Other non-religious, seasonal items that may be used to decorate workspaces during the winter months include snowflakes, wreaths, garland, and lights. Please use good judgment in the use of such decorations so as not to disrupt the work of the unit.

Add BMindful Holy Days to your electronic calendar

Annual Policy Notifications

Religious Holy Days Calendar (BMindful)

Operations Manual 22.10 Religious Diversity and the University Calendar

ReStart Policy

If you were previously enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and are returning, or have returned, to the University of Iowa after an extended absence (four consecutive years or more), you may use the CLAS ReStart option to request removal of one or more of your previously completed CLAS academic sessions (i.e. semesters or winter/summer enrollments) from future grade point averages and satisfaction of degree requirements.

CLAS ReStart