Frequently Asked Questions

Title IX of the Education Amendments was passed by the U.S. Congress in June 1972, and signed into law on July 1, 1972.  It is a federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education programs and activities such as admissions, housing and facilities, courses and other educational activities, career guidance and counseling activities, financial aid, health and insurance benefits and scholastic, intercollegiate, club, or intramural athletics.

The Interim Title IX coordinator is Mary Howell Sirna, Interim Director of Equal Opportunity. She can be contacted by email at


Any “responsible employee” that knows or should know about possible sexual harassment or sexual violence must report it to the University Title IX Coordinator or other school designee (Deputy Title IX Coordinators), so that necessary and appropriate actions can be taken to respond appropriately. At ISU, responsible employees include, but are not limited to:

  • All instructors, including full-time professors, adjuncts, lecturers, Adjunct Instructors, and any others who offer classroom instruction or office hours to students;

  • All advisors;

  • All coaches, trainers, and other athletic staff that interact directly with students;

  • All student affairs administrators;

  • All residential hall staff;

  • Employees who work in offices that interface with students; and

  • All supervisors and university officials.

Federal and state laws prohibit employers from asking certain interview questions that are not related to job hiring. Interviewers should not ask questions related to race, color, arrest records, disability or marital status. Click here to access our toolkit on Diversity Recruitment and Retention for non-discriminatory interviewing and hiring.


The University's Non-discrimination Statement must be included in all departmental publications inviting participation in programs at Iowa State University, such as brochures, pamphlets, manuals and guidebooks. This is required by federal regulation and is designed to clearly state the University's commitment to equal opportunity in employment and equal access to its programs and activities. The Non-discrimination Statement does not need to be placed on departmental homepages.


"Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. Veteran. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed to Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, Ames, Iowa 50011, Tel. 515 294-7612,  Hotline 515-294-1222, email