The primary mission of the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) is:

1. To advance James Madison University's affirmative action goals and commitment to diversity, and to ensure that the university fulfills its obligation under the law to prohibit discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of sex, race, age, color, disability, religion, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin, and any other characteristic protected by

To coordinate and monitor campus compliance with the requirements of federal and state non-discrimination laws, including (but not limited to): Titles VI, VII and (in coordination with the Assistant to the President) IX of the Civil Rights Act; the Equal Pay Act; the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act; the Age Discrimination Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; and Executive Order 11246. This responsibility includes providing guidance and evaluating efforts to improve access to campus facilities and programs as well as advising staff, faculty, and visitors regarding disability accommodations.

In addition, the office provides the following services:

 - Information, consultation, and resources for issues relating to the non-discrimination laws (such as Title IX), Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), and affirmative action policy.

 - Facilitated training programs on diversity.

The Office of Equal Opportunity’s mission is based on the following principles:

 - Diversity is not defined exclusively by race or gender. It also encompasses a wide variety of other factors and characteristics, including (but not limited to) age, sexual orientation, veterans status, disabilities, and national origin or ancestry.

 - A commitment to diversity is a commitment to all employees.

 - Diversity among staff, students and faculty offers JMU an opportunity to realize its excellence.

 - Affirmative action is one method of including historically underrepresented populations into the workforce. Therefore, James Madison University must maintain human resource information systems and develop an institutional philosophy based on the principles and ideals of affirmative action and an appreciation of a diverse workforce.

 - Managers, supervisors and Human Resource personnel should examine how their current management and information systems operate and contribute to the leadership and skills development of staff and the University's affirmative action goals.

 - The commitment to diversity must be shared by all JMU administration, faculty and staff.