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 centralized 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 the University. 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 University of Arizona Accessibility Standards included in the University’s Design and Specification Standards

Disability Documentation and Confidentiality 

DRC is the custodian of student and employee medical records obtained for the purpose of providing reasonable accommodations. Disability and medical information maintained by the DRC is confidential and is not shared with individuals or units outside of the DRC except where disclosure is required by law or is necessary to facilitate legitimate University processes, such as addressing direct threats or investigating claims or charges.  

Concerns and Complaints 

The Disability Resources (DRC) team is committed to ensuring that the University of Arizona campus is accessible and inclusive to disabled students and employees. If you have concerns about DRC's process, services, or believe that you have not received reasonable accommodation, we encourage you to first communicate directly with your Access Consultant.  

If after engaging with your Access Consultant you still believe that you have not received accommodations, please contact DRC's Executive Director and ADA/504 Compliance Officer Dr. Amanda Kraus. Dr. Kraus will work with DRC staff and/or do an independent review of your situation to find a resolution.  

Amanda Kraus, Ph. D., 
Assistant Vice President, Campus Life 

Executive Director, Disability Resources & ADA/504 Compliance Officer  
501 N. Highland Avenue  
Phone: (520) 621-6505 
akraus@email.arizona.edu 

The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) is the University's designated office for addressing concerns and complaints of discrimination, including disability discrimination, under the University's Nondiscrimination and Anti-harassment Policy.  

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.  

Office of Institutional Equity 
888 N. Euclid Avenue, Room 113 
Phone: (520) 621-9499 
equity@email.arizona.edu