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Nearly 3,500 Old Dominion students received bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees during four ceremonies held May 10 and 11 at ODU's Ted Constant Convocation Center. Photos by Chuck Thomas/ODU

Equality, diversity, respect and inclusiveness for all

Old Dominion University has a long and proud legacy of commitment to the principles of equality and equal opportunity for all students, faculty and staff. The mission of the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity is to provide leadership and support on matters relating to equity, diversity, respect and inclusiveness for all members of the Old Dominion University community. The staff provides guidance, support and delivery of programming, services and educational initiatives to University faculty, staff, and students to support diversity, inclusiveness, equal access, equitable treatment, cultural understanding and the prevention of prohibited discrimination and harassment.


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Equal Opportunity

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The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity oversees, facilitates and supports the University's efforts to ensure equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and protective styles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, national origin, age, marital status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), political affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.



Our Office Provides:

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  • Information, consultation, training, resources to the University community with regard to diversity, harassment and discrimination prevention, affirmative action, equal opportunity and disability matters; and pregnancy and parenting;
  • Individual consultation with University supervisors, staff, faculty, students, and administrators;
  • A mechanism for responding to complaints of harassment and discrimination including alternative dispute resolution options;
  • Oversight of and support for the University's compliance efforts in the areas of equal opportunity, affirmative action, harassment and discrimination prevention, and compliance with all applicable State and Federal civil rights laws.

University Non-Discrimination Statement

Old Dominion University does not discriminate in admissions, treatment, employment or access to its programs or activities on the basis of race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and protective styles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), political affiliation, marital status, veteran status, family medical and genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or disability, as required by The Civil Rights Act of 1964; The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended; The Age Discrimination Act of 1975; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Virginia Human Rights Act; the Governor's Executive Order Number One (2018); and other state or federal laws and university policies (1005). ODU prohibits sexual and sex-/gender-based misconduct, discrimination, harassment and interpersonal violence, including sexual assault. ODU also prohibits discrimination against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.

As an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer, ODU promotes the full realization of employment opportunity for all persons, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans. ODU bases all employment decisions only on job requirements. These efforts apply to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, selection, hiring, promotion and compensation.

Any member of the ODU community has the right to raise concerns or file a complaint regarding discrimination without fear of retaliation. Any and all inquiries regarding the application of this statement and related policies may be referred to the Director of Equity and EO/AA Marcus Porter.

Title IX Coordinator

The University's designated Title IX Coordinator is Kate Couch, Institutional Equity and Diversity, Innovation Research Park I Suite 106, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23508, (757) 683-3141, titleixcoordinator@odu.edu

Section 504/ADA Coordinator

The University's Section 504/ADA Coordinator is Marcus Porter, Institutional Equity and Diversity, Innovation Research Park I Suite 106, Norfolk, VA 23508, (757) 683-3141, maporter@odu.edu.


Bi-Annual Newsletter

Keep up with the latest news and announcements from the Office of Institutional Equity & Diversity