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.
"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 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.
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.
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.
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.