What is TItle IX?

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.


Who is the Title IX coordinator?

The Title IX coordinator is Margo R. Foreman, Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and Equal Opportunity. They can be contacted at 515-294-7612 or by email at mrforema@iastate.edu.


What is a “responsible employee?”

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.


I am experiencing harassment from my supervisor. What should I do?



I’m in charge of interviewing prospective hires. What do I need to know?

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 the guide to non-discriminatory interviewing.


I heard departments have to include the discrimination policy in all documents. Is that true?

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.


What is the university policy against discrimination?

"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 eooffice@iastate.edu