Civil Rights

Iowa State University Extension & Outreach - Civil Rights

Determining Accessibility to County Extension Offices in Iowa Checklist - Checklist for determining accessibility to County Extension Offices in Iowa - PDF Document

Civil Rights Compliance Review Process for County Extension Offices

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).

There are also several laws Congress has enacted to ensure accessibility for persons with disabilities which correspond with various roles Extension and Outreach staff serve in. 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). 

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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