The University strives to create an environment that is accessible and inclusive for all employees. The DRC partners with University departments to eliminate barriers to access and promote inclusion. The DRC is also the primary point of contact for employees regarding access issues and requests for reasonable accommodations.
A reasonable accommodation is a change to an application process, work environment, or the way work is customarily performed that enables an employee with a disability to enjoy equal access.
The Workplace Access staff are available to speak with employees who would like information about requesting reasonable accommodations. After consultation, if an employee decides to move forward with requesting an accommodation, s/he will be provided with two forms to submit: an Accommodation Request Form and a Medical Provider Form. Once submitted, these forms will be maintained at the DRC and kept confidential.
The DRC will make a determination about whether an employee is eligible for accommodations. If an employee is eligible, the DRC will engage in an interactive process to determine if the accommodation request is reasonable. The DRC will consult with the employee, the employee’s supervisor, and other individuals as appropriate to gather information about the essential functions of the employee’s job and whether implementing the accommodation request would pose an undue hardship for the University. Based on the information gathered, the DRC will make a determination about whether the accommodation requested is reasonable and will communicate its determination in writing to the employee and supervisor.
If an accommodation is determined to be reasonable but it is not implemented by the department in a timely or effective manner, the employee should contact the DRC as soon as possible.
If an employee is not eligible for reasonable accommodations, the DRC may partner with a supervisor or department to identify voluntary and readily achievable means to meet an employee’s request.
- Assistive Technology
- Cart Service - Parking and Transportation
- Classroom Requests
- Document Conversion
- Interpreting or Communication Access Real-Time Reporting (CART)
- Job Restructuring
- Leave (if an employee does not qualify for Family Medical Leave or has exhausted Family Medical Leave)
- Flexible Work Arrangements
- Service or Companion Animals