The University of Arizona is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information in its programs and activities.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, no qualified person will be denied access to, participation in, or the benefits of, any program or activity operated by the University because of disability. The University will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities in employment practices and activities, including, but not limited to, application procedures, hiring, tenure, promotion, advancement, termination, training, compensation and benefits. The University will not discriminate against a qualified individual because of the known disability of another individual with whom the qualified individual is known to have a relationship or association.
The Role of the Disability Resource Center
The Disability Resource Center (DRC) is the office designated by the University of Arizona to provide services, resources, and programs to facilitate equal learning and working opportunities for disabled faculty, staff, students, and guests of UA. The DRC also determines whether individuals are eligible for reasonable accommodation and, if so, the nature of the reasonable accommodation.
The DRC strives to proactively identify and remove barriers to access to promote inclusion and minimize the need for individual accommodations. Upon request, the University will provide reasonable accommodation(s) to otherwise qualified employees or students as required by law to ensure equal access to University employment, educational opportunities, programs, services, and activities in the most integrated setting, to the extent such requested accommodation(s) do not impose an undue hardship upon the University, constitute a fundamental alteration to a program or compromise academic integrity. In general, it is the responsibility of the employee or student to make her/his disability status and subsequent need for an accommodation known.
Neither supervisors, faculty, program sponsors, service units nor unit administrators may independently deny a request for accommodation.
All newly constructed University buildings, alterations to existing buildings and renovations, including improvements to the path of travel serving the renovated primary function area, will meet the ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) to ensure that they are accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. In addition, newly constructed buildings and alterations will meet UA Accessibility Standards included in the University’s Design and Specification Standards.
Disability Documentation and Confidentiality
DRC generally is the custodian of records for students’ or employees’ medical records obtained for the purpose of providing reasonable accommodations.
Disability and medical information is confidential and is not shared except where disclosure is required by law or is necessary to facilitate legitimate University processes, including granting appropriate reasonable accommodations, addressing direct threats or investigating claims or charges.
Concerns and Complaints
If you have concerns about the services provided by DRC that other staff members have been unable to resolve, you are encouraged to contact the DRC Director.
Amanda Kraus, Ph. D.,
Director, Disability Resources
1224 East Lowell Street
Phone: (520) 626-0940
The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) is the University's designated office for addressing concerns and complaints of discrimination, including disability discrimination, against University employees and affiliates under the University's Nondiscrimination and Anti-harassment Policy. Alleged discriminatory conduct by students should be directed to the Dean of Students Office.
Prior to filing a complaint with OIE against DRC or a DRC employee regarding DRC's determination relating to an accommodation request, individuals must request that the University's ADA/504 Compliance Officer review the DRC's process and determination. Individuals are not required to request that the ADA/504 Compliance Officer review complaints of disability discrimination against other University units or individuals not employed by the DRC.
Celina Ramirez, J.D.
ADA/504 Compliance Officer
Associate Director Sr., Disability Resources
1224 East Lowell Street
Phone: (520) 621-3268
Office of Institutional Equity
888 N. Euclid Avenue, Room 113
Phone: (520) 621-9449