Civil Rights

Iowa State University Extension & Outreach - Civil Rights Plan

Iowa State Extension and Outreach has developed the following Civil Rights Plan to ensure compliance with federal civil rights law and to serve all Iowans. It provides a systematic process for the assessment of compliance with federal regulations as it pertains to policies, procedures, programs, and practices as well as the development and implementation of modifications and remedial steps taken to correct any instances where deficiencies are identified. Iowa counties will complete a civil rights audit every four years. ISU Extension and Outreach’s Civil Rights Plan has two components comprising (1) county civil rights audits and (2) annual program reviews by regions and program.

In order to complete the field marked Appendix A on the county audit form, county staff will need to pull demographics for their region using this tool. County staff will also need to use the Accessibility Checklist to complete question one for the accessibility section of the audit form. As counties review their audit forms, they will find the Assurance of Nondiscrimination Form referenced on question number 9 or 13 depending on the version of the county audit form used. The question referencing it reads, "Please list the organizations which have provided a signed letter that the organization does not discriminate in membership practices."

Federal Civil Rights

As a recipient of federal funds and educational institution, Extension and Outreach's state staff and county staff must comply with federal laws which prohibit discriminatory behavior in the various roles we serve in as educators, coworkers and providers of programs and activities. As educators, Extension and Outreach staff must provide an educational environment free of barriers to participation on the basis of sex (Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972). As employers or coworkers, Extension and Outreach staff must maintain a workplace free of discriminatory behavior (Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964). As a recipient of federal funds, Extension and Outreach staff must serve all Iowans equally regardless of race, national origin, and color (Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964).

Extension and Outreach is a recipient of federal funds and a public entity and falls within the scope of two landmark pieces of civil rights legislation, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"). As employers and coworkers, Extension and Outreach staff must maintain a workplace free of discrimination on the basis of disability and provide reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities (Sections 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973) and (Title I of the ADA). As providers of programs, Extension and Outreach staff must serve all Iowans equally in providing programs and activities (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973) and (Title I of the ADA). Extension and Outreach staff also must strive to ensure website accessibility (Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act).

Iowa Civil Rights Act

Iowa Civil Rights Commission - The Iowa Civil Rights Commission is a neutral, fact-finding law enforcement agency that enforces the "Iowa Civil Rights Act of 1965," Iowa's anti-discrimination law. The goal of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission is to ensure that people involved in civil rights complaints receive timely, quality resolutions. The mission is: "Ending discrimination through effective enforcement of the Iowa Civil Rights Act."

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