Major State Nondiscrimination Legislation
Chapter 280.3 Uniform School Requirements - Iowa Code
Chapter 280.3 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, marital status and national origin in educational programs provided by the public schools of Iowa. It covers all components of the educational program.
Chapter 256.11 - Iowa Code
Chapter 256.11 requires that schools and school districts use a multicultural, gender-fair approach. It requires that the educational program be taught from a multicultural, gender-fair approach. Further direction for ensuring multicultural, gender fair approaches to the educational program are provided in Chapter 12 of the Iowa Administrative Code.
Chapter 216.9 Civil Rights Commission - Iowa Code
Chapter 216.9 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity in programs, and activities offered by any educational agency in the state of Iowa. It includes admission and recruiting, intramural and interscholastic athletics, and all educational programs in pre-schools, elementary schools, secondary schools, community colleges, area education agencies, and colleges/universities. This legislation gives the Iowa Civil Rights Commission jurisdiction over educational programs.
Chapter 216.6 Civil Rights Commission- Iowa Code
Chapter 216.6 prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, sex, race, color, creed, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity in the employment policies and practices of any educational agency in the state of Iowa.
Chapter 280.4 Uniform School Requirements - Iowa Code
This section of the code requires that language assistance be provided for students whose primary language is one other than English.
Chapter 60 of the Iowa Administrative Code sets the standards for these programs.
Chapter 280.12 Subsection 2 Iowa Code
Chapter 280.12 was amended during the 2007 legislative session by Senate File 61 to require policies, preventive activities and reporting related to bullying, harassment and hazing in Iowa schools. It includes bullying, 5 sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital, harassing and hazing on the basis of race, national origin, color, language, gender, status, familial status, physical and mental ability or disability, age, religion, creed, physical attributes, ancestry, socioeconomic status, political party preference and political beliefs.
Section 19.B11 - Iowa Code
This legislation requires non-discrimination in employment on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, and physical and mental disability in school districts, area education agencies and community colleges. It also requires those agencies to adopt affirmative action plans that implement affirmative strategies to recruit and employ persons from groups that are underrepresented in their current employee pool. Chapter 95 of the Iowa Administrative Code contains rules for affirmative employment strategies in the recruitment, appointment, assignment and advancement of personnel.
Section 729A.1 Iowa Code
This chapter prohibits hate crimes against persons within the state of Iowa which includes violence or intimidation by threat of violence, committed against their persons or property because of their race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, age, or disability.
Section 282.12 Iowa Code
Allows school districts with school desegregation/diversity plans to deny open enrollment requests which may adversely affect the implementation of the diversity/desegregation plan. Details are specified in Chapter 17 of the Iowa.