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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 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].


The “Content Accommodations” Clause

Reasonable accommodations will be made to provide this content in alternate formats upon request. C ontact 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 “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.