The Board of Regents and all officials who are responsible to the Board of Regents shall appoint, assign, and advance employees solely on the basis of merit and fitness. Each institution under the Board of Regents shall promulgate a clear and unambiguous written policy of nondiscrimination in employment and shall adopt an affirmative action program containing goals and time specifications in personnel administration. Each such institution shall regularly review its personnel practices and procedures with a view to correcting any such personnel practices and procedures which may contribute to discrimination in appointment, assignment, or advancement. Each such institution shall conduct programs of job orientation and provide training and organizational structure for upward mobility and shall place emphasis upon fair practices in employment. Each such institution shall also bar from all employment application forms any inquiry as to race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or physical or mental disability, except for statistical purposes, unless it relates to a bona fide occupational qualification. The employment practices of the Board of Regents shall be in strict conformity to the provisions of the Iowa Civil Rights Act of 1965 as amended, Iowa Executive Order #15 of 1973, Federal Executive Order 11246 of 1965 as amended by Federal Executive Order 11375 of 1967, the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, and the Civil Rights Act of 1991 amending Title VII of the 1964 Federal Civil Rights Act and all provisions relevant to fair employment of the rules and regulations of the Board of Regents and of its institutions, and shall assure equal protection of the laws as guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.