Clauses & Statements
When do you need to use these statements?
- West Virginia University is an equal opportunity affirmative action institution. All printed materials must include the appropriate affirmative action statement. The abbreviated affirmative action statement on WVU's and the Extension Service websites satisfies that requirement; it is not required to appear on every webpage.
- For materials prepared with federal Cooperative Extension monies, the Cooperative Extension clause (legally required on any material mailed as official business) must be included.
- For materials prepared with EFNEP and SNAP-ED monies, the SNAP-ED and/or EFNEP clause must be included.
- For significant publications intended for off-campus audiences, the governance statement should be included.
The “Meeting Accommodations” Clause
Individuals requesting accommodations because of a disability should contact the WVU [insert office name here] Extension Office at [insert address and contact information here].
Reasonable accommodations will be made to provide this content in alternate formats upon request. Contact the WVU Extension Service Office of Communications at 304-293-4222.
The “Nondiscrimination” Clause or the “Affirmative Action” Statement
WVU is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer. Underrepresented class members are encouraged to apply. This includes: minorities, females, individuals with disabilities and veterans.
Or if there are space limitations:
WVU is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer -- Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran.
The “NIFA/USDA” Non-Discrimination Clause
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs).
The “Cooperative Extension” Clause
Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Director, Cooperative Extension Service, West Virginia University.
The “Governance” Statement
The WVU Board of Governors is the governing body of WVU. The Higher Education Policy Commission in West Virginia is responsible for developing, establishing, and overseeing the implementation of a public policy agenda for the state’s four-year colleges and universities.
The WVU Governance statement must be used on projects with external audiences such as magazines, brochures, postcards, websites. This statement does not need to appear on advertisements
The “Non-endorsement” Clause
Trade or brand names used in this publication are for educational purposes only. The use of such product names does not imply endorsement by the WVU Extension Service to the exclusion of other products that may be equally suitable.
The “SNAP-ED” Clause
This institution is an equal opportunity provider. This material is funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program–SNAP.
Extension Health Educators are SNAP-ED. Include this clause in related media releases, video, print pieces, social media posts, etc. When possible, instead of referring to the county Extension office related to the program, instead use, “WVU Extension Family Nutrition Program.”
The “EFNEP” Clause
This work is supported (in whole or in part) by the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
Extension Nutrition Outreach Instructors are EFNEP. Include this clause in related media releases, video, print pieces, social media posts, etc. When possible, instead of referring to the county Extension office related to the program, instead use, “WVU Extension Family Nutrition Program.