Affirmative Action

General search guidelines

We believe that to find the best candidate for a position, search committees must ensure that applicant pools are as inclusive as possible.

To achieve that, search committees should use multiple search strategies and multiple forms of advertisement and announcement. The position announcement should be free of bias language and clearly distinguish between required and desirable qualifications.

Required language

Indiana University requires that all employment announcements advertised outside the university contain the following wording:

“Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.”

To emphasize IU’s commitment to diversity, we also encourage the use of additional wording including:

  • Indiana University is committed to excellence through diversity.
  • Indiana University has a strong commitment to principles of diversity and in that spirit seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.
  • Indiana University encourages applications from candidates with diverse cultural backgrounds.

General screening guidelines

Indiana University policy prohibits selection criteria that may discriminate against individuals because of age, national origin, citizenship, visa status, ethnicity, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital or parenthood status, childbearing or childcare plan, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or arrest record.

It is essential that all screening criteria reflect the content of the position description and departmental needs. Interview questions should be consistent with all candidates, and all questions should be free of bias.

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status. Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator. See Indiana University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination here which includes contact information.

The Annual Security Reports, containing policy statements and crime statistics for Indiana University campuses, are available through Public Safety and the IU Police Department websites at protect.iu.edu/police-safety/annual-reports/index.html. A paper copy will be provided upon request from Public Safety at iups@iu.edu.