Applicants with Disabilities

The University of Iowa strongly supports employment of people with disabilities and encourages individuals with disabilities to apply for University positions. Applicants are welcome to visit the Office of Faculty and Staff Disabilities Services for policies and accommodation procedures.

If you have a disability1 and would like to request a reasonable accommodation2 in order to apply for a position with the University of Iowa, please contact Faculty and Staff Disability Services (319-335-2660 or or the Office of Institutional Equity (319-335-0705 or

Key Terms

1 Disability: The term "disability" in this context means a physical or mental impairment4 that substantially limits one or more major life activities3, or having a record of such impairment.

2 Reasonable Accommodation: "Reasonable accommodation" in this context is any change to the application process necessary for the individual with a disability to participate equally in applying for a vacant position.

3 Major life activities: include, but are not limited to: caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, sitting, reaching, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, interacting with others, and working; and the operation of a major bodily function, including functions of the immune system, special sense organs and skin; normal cell growth; and digestive, genitourinary, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, cardiovascular, endocrine, hemic, lymphatic, musculoskeletal, and reproductive functions. The operation of a major bodily function includes the operation of an individual organ within a body system.

4 Impairment: any physiological disorder or condition, cosmetic disfigurement, or anatomical loss affecting one or more body systems, such as neurological, musculoskeletal, special sense organs, respiratory (including speech organs), cardiovascular, reproductive, digestive, genitourinary, immune, circulatory, hemic, lymphatic, skin, and endocrine; or any mental or psychological disorder, such as an intellectual disability, organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, and specific learning disabilities.

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