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#178 - Discrimination Under the Americans with Disabilities Act


Approved: December 21, 2005

Monitor: President


In compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, it is the policy of this University that no person shall be denied, forbidden, or limited access to the various programs or services of this University, or employment on the basis of disability.

DEFINITION OF DISABILITY

"Disability" is defined in these procedures, and all other policies and procedures of the University in accordance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, i.e., a "mental or physical impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, has a record of such impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment."

In accordance with the ADA of 1990, no individual shall be discriminated against on the basis of disability in the full and equal employment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations of the University. Further, no qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of the University or be subjected to discrimination by the University.

Eastern Illinois University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against a qualified individual with a disability because of the disability of such individual in regard to job application procedures, the hiring advancement, or discharge of employees, employee compensation, job training, and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment.

Questions about compliance with the ADA should be referred to the ADA Coordinator.

ACCOMMODATIONS AVAILABLE

It shall be the policy of the University to make all of its facilities, programs, and activities accessible and usable by persons with disabilities.

Students seeking accommodations should contact the Assistant Director of Disability Services.

Employees seeking accommodations in regard to the work place should contact the ADA Coordinator (contact through the Director of Human Resources).

Persons seeking information concerning accessible parking may contact the University Police. Maps are available indicating this information.

Persons seeking accommodations in regard to public functions and facilities of the University should contact the ADA Coordinator.

Whenever possible, meetings or events should be scheduled in accessible rooms and buildings. Further, the coordinator of such event should make reasonable efforts to anticipate and accommodate the participation of persons with disabilities.

CONFIDENTIALITY OF INFORMATION CONCERNING DISABLED PERSONS

In compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, no student, employee, applicant, or potential user of the facilities or services of the University shall be required to disclose that he or she suffers a disability, either in writing or orally. The University may gather information concerning persons with disabilities after their employment/entry into the various academic and service units programs.

Information concerning an individual's medical condition or history shall be kept confidential, except that (1) supervisors, managers, residence hall assistants, faculty, and other appropriate parties may be informed regarding restrictions on the work or duties of persons with disabilities and regarding accommodations, (2) first aid and safety personnel may be informed where appropriate, if the condition might require emergency treatment, and (3) government officials investigating compliance with the Acts shall be provided relevant information upon request.

COMPLAINT PROCESS

Any member of the University community or user of University services, who believes he/she has been discriminated against on the basis of a disability, may file a complaint with the Civil Rights Office in accordance with guidelines prescribed by the University's Discrimination Complaint Procedures.