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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

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions and Answers

For general inquiries not answered here, please email equityanddiversity@odu.edu.


What is the function of the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity?

The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity works to clarify diversity issues, and to balance, negotiate and dissipate myths surrounding all aspects of diversity, equal opportunity and Affirmative Action. The Office is responsible to coordinating and monitoring ODU Affirmative Action Plans, and advising, reporting and implementing all matters related to compliance with federal, state, and university equal opportunity and affirmative action legislation, rules, regulations, and policies.

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Where is the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity located?

Innovation Research Park I


When is the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity open?

8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday

*hours may be altered due to COVID-19

What does “Equal Opportunity” mean?

Equal Opportunity is a term used to describe policies that prohibit specific forms of discrimination. "It is the policy of Old Dominion University to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or genetic information."

What is Affirmative Action?

Affirmative Action is a term used to describe special efforts to recruit and employ groups (minorities and women) who may have been discriminated against in the past. Affirmative action is designed to correct underutilization of qualified women and minorities; it is not designed to prefer them to the exclusion of other groups.

How do I request reasonable accommodations?

Employees and Applicants may make a request through the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity via the University's Section 504/ADA Coordinator (see directory).

Students may request accommodations through the Office of Educational Accessibility.


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