Human Resources



ADA Accommodation

Persons with Disabilities, Disabled Veterans and Vietnam Era Veterans

The University of Missouri-Kansas City shall not discriminate against any qualified applicant for employment or employee because (s)he is a person with a disability, a disabled veteran, or a veteran of the Vietnam Era. UMKC complies with sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

These laws indicate that persons with disabilities are those who:
  • have a physical or mental impairment, which substantially limits one or more of such person's major life activities;
  • have a record of such impairment; or
  • are perceived as having such an impairment.



The University is committed to providing equal access to all academically qualified students and employees and has taken significant measures to modify the campus to make services, activities and programs accessible for the disabled.

Persons with Disabilities

The University takes affirmative action to ensure fair treatment for any student, applicant for admission, employee or job applicant who is disabled. Supervisory employees carry out tasks that ensure affirmative action in the recruitment, hiring, and promotion of qualified persons with disabilities, disabled veterans and Vietnam Era Veterans. These individuals are encouraged to use the internal promotion process to advance qualified veterans or persons with disabilities. This commitment to persons with disabilities is evidenced in the following ways:

  • Creation of, and funding for, the position of Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities. The Coordinator assesses student requests for accommodation and, when reasonable, makes appropriate arrangements, including auxiliary aids and classroom modifications.
  • The Affirmative Action Director who serves as ADA Coordinator for employees. See ADA Process for Applicants and Employees.
  • Education and training about the needs of disabled persons.
  • Provision for reasonable accommodations for employees or job applicants with physical or mental impairments that qualify as a disability.
  • Publication of Faculty Information Guide on Students with Disabilities.

Disabled Veterans

"Major life activity" is defined as any mental or physical function or activity which, if impaired, creates a substantial barrier to employment/education. "Disabled veteran" is defined as a person who is entitled to disability compensation under laws administered by the Veterans Administration for a disability treated thirty percent or more, or a person whose discharge or release from active duty was for a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.

Vietnam Era Veterans

"Vietnam Era Veteran" is defined as anyone who served on active duty for a period of 180 days or more, between August 5, 1964 and May 7, 1975, and was discharged or released therefrom with other than a dishonorable discharge, or was discharged or released for a service-connected disability from active duty, part of which was performed during the Vietnam Era. These individuals must have been discharged or released within 48 months preceding their application for employment covered under the Act.


Individuals who believe that they have been discriminated against because of disability or Vietnam Era Veteran status should contact the University’s Affirmative Action Office at 212 Administrative Center, 816-235-1323.

Affirmative Action Contacts

Mikah Thompson

Director of Affirmative Action

Michael Garvin

EO Investigator/Trainer

Sybil Catalano

EO Investigator/Trainer

Related Links

ADA Process for Applicants and Employees

Title IX Compliance

Employee Relations

Mediation Services


Please click here to access UMKC's online discrimination complaint form. Please use the following information to login:


You may also contact:

Michael Garvin,
EEO Investigator
Office of Affirmative Action
5115 Oak Street, Room 212,
Kansas City, MO 64110

816-235-1323 or 816-235-1771