University of Missouri Extension is committed to providing equity and access to all through the implementation of practices and procedures that ensure compliance with federal laws and university policies, and that enhance the extension's capacity to serve the people of Missouri.
Equal Employment/Educational Opportunity policy and nondiscrimination statement
Faculty and staff must use one of the following nondiscrimination statements with programming and materials. See the full University of Missouri System policy.
Full EEO statement, to be used whenever possible:
University of Missouri Extension provides equal opportunity to all participants in extension programs and activities, and for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
Short EEO statement for instances of limited space:
An equal opportunity/access/affirmative action/pro-disabled and veteran employer
Include the following ADA statement, complete with your contact information, for all program and course handouts:
Contact us immediately if you need accommodations because of a disability, need to relay emergency medical information or need special arrangements if the building is evacuated. Contact: _________________________________________
All University of Missouri Extension administrators, faculty and staff are responsible for ensuring that they follow University and federal laws, regulations and policies relative to civil rights, Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity. MU Extension follows USDA’s standards of compliance for extension programs and requirements for land-grant institutions with the following actions:
- Maintaining civil rights files
- Creating annual Affirmative Action plans
- Conducting internal compliance reviews
- Providing training
- Collecting demographic data about program participants
A learner’s need for accommodations may be minimized through the use of universal design for learning (UDL) — using materials and practices that are equitable, flexible, fully accessible learning environment, designed to meet the needs of diverse learners, and use multiple means of engagement, expression and representation. Implementation of UDL includes the following examples:
- Using captioned videos, films and other audio presentations (beneficial for not only those with sensory disabilities but also those with specific learning disabilities, students whose first language is not English, and others)
- Flexibility regarding attendance
- Providing texts in alternate formats
- Using guided notes
- Giving verbal descriptions of visual aids and graphics
- Paraphrasing questions and answers
- Highlighting key points throughout discussions
Should you have questions regarding how best to accommodate an extension learner with a disability or about implementing some of the suggestions listed above, please contact: