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ADA/504 Compliance

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. 

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.

Facilities

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

Any individual who is concerned about access at the University or the services provided by the DRC is strongly encouraged to first discuss these concerns with the Director.

Amanda Kraus, Ph. D.,

Director, Disability Resources 

1224 East Lowell Street

Phone: (520) 626-0940

akraus@email.arizona.edu

 

In addition, individuals may contact the ADA/504 Compliance Officer with inquiries regarding The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act, Section 504, or to review a determination by DRC staff that an accommodation is not reasonable. 

Celina Ramirez, J.D.

ADA/504 Compliance Officer

Associate Director, Disability Resources 

1224 East Lowell Street 

Phone: (520) 621-3268

celinar@email.arizona.edu

 

The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) is the University’s designated office for filing complaints of discrimination, including failure to provide a reasonable accommodation. OIE generally investigates complaints that are filed within 180 days of the most recent allegedly discriminatory act and maintains a list of external agencies with which complaints may be filed and the deadlines for filing such complaints.

Prior to filing a complaint with OIE, individuals may request that the ADA/504 Compliance Officer review accommodation determinations made by the DRC. 

Office of Institutional Equity:
(V) 520-621-9449
(TTY) 520-626-6768 or
Email at: equity@email.arizona.edu

 

 

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