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Universal Design in the Workplace

Universal Design in the Workplace

Universal Design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. Universal Design principles have traditionally been applied to architecture, product design, and the learning environment, but these principles are highly applicable to the work environment as well. 

Background on Universal Design

Pregnancy Accommodations

Pregnant and Parenting

Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, and Employees


The University is committed to creating an inclusive and accessible environment for pregnant and parenting students and employees.  A number of University resources are available for this population (see Resources, below). 


If the DRC determines the University cannot effectively accommodate an employee in her current position, the employee may request permanent reassignment to a vacant University position for which she is qualified as a reasonable accommodation.  Upon requesting reassignment, for a period of 30 days, the University will review vacant positions that have been posted to CareerTrack or have been submitted to be posted.  Once an employee requests reassignment, he will be unable to return to h

Job Restructuring

Job restructuring includes redistributing marginal job functions and altering how a job function is performed.  For example, if an employee is responsible for occasionally carrying heavy boxes upstairs in a building with no elevator but is no longer able to do so because of a disability or pregnancy, that job function could be redistributed to another employee as an accommodation.  Alternatively, if an employee is responsible for occasionally delivering heavy boxes on the same floor, the University could provide a rolling cart as an accommodation. 

Cart Service

The University’s Cart Service, which provides transportation via golf carts to areas of campus not serviced by Cat Tran, is facilitated by Parking and Transportation Services (PTS).  The DRC determines whether students and employees are eligible for Cart Service on a permanent basis because of a disability, and Campus Health determines whether students and employees are eligible for temporary Cart Service because of an injury, condition, or pregnancy.