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Policies and Guidance Related to Accessibility and Persons with Disabilities at Oregon State University
How to Request Accommodations
Faculty & Staff
Employees with disabilities needing assistance should apply to their departments, though the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (EOA) can be contacted at any time for assistance. If a department is unable to provide an accommodation, the request should be forwarded to EOA. EOA will work with the employee, supervisor, and potentially other appropriate administrative units to determine whether or not accommodation can be made. If necessary EOA will assist departments in securing resources. Contact: Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (541-737-3556).
To request an accommodation for disability in any aspect of the recruitment and selection process, job applicants or prospective job applicants may contact the hiring unit listed on the job posting or the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access. If the hiring unit is unable to provide the requested accommodation, the unit should contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access for assistance. Contact: Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (541-737-3556).
The Director of Disability Access Services (DAS) has the responsibility for providing services to students with disabilities. DAS funds auxiliary aids such as interpreters, note takers, alternative testing, and alternative formats. This office administers the procedures by which students disclose a disability and request access. Contact: Disability Access Services (541-737-4098).
Visitors & Community Members
University services, programs, and activities must be accessible to individuals with disabilities which may include customers, clients, and members of the public. Individual units are responsible for ensuring that their programs, services, and activities are accessible. If a department or college is unable to fund the necessary accommodations, a request for funds may be forwarded to EOA. EOA will work with the unit to secure funding. Contact: Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (541-737-3556).
The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access is responsible for overseeing compliance with regard to state and federal regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability and require reasonable accommodation. Complaints of discrimination based on disability may be filed in the EOA. Contact: Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (541-737-3556).
Responding to Requests for Accommodation:
Any information you receive regarding the disability of a student or employee should be kept confidential and shared only on a strict need-to-know basis.
An employee with a disability should contact their department to request an accommodation, unless the employee would prefer to work through EOA first. When an employee contacts a department to request a job modification or accommodation, there is no need for the department to contact EOA unless the department wishes to deny the request, or would like to discuss the accommodation with EOA before providing it. Only EOA, through an interactive process including the employee and the department, can assess whether to deny a request for an accommodation. The EOA first determines whether the employee has a qualifying disability; if so, the EOA facilitates a process between the employee and the department to ascertain whether or not reasonable accommodation can be made. As needed, the EOA may also help a department identify and/or secure resources for an agreed-upon accommodation.
A hiring unit contacted by a job applicant for reasonable accommodation of a disability should work directly with the job applicant to address the request. If the hiring unit is unable to provide the requested accommodation, the unit should contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access for assistance. A hiring unit must consult with EOA before rejecting an applicant with a disability based on concerns that a requested accommodation would present an undue hardship or require a fundamental alteration of the job. Contact: Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (541-737-3556).
Faculty members and department staff should work with Disability Access Services to accommodate the needs of students with disabilities. Visit the Disability Access Services website for information about making your classes and materials accessible to the largest number of students.
Departments should work directly with visitors/conference attendees/job applicants to accommodate their needs. Units seeking sign language interpreters should contact Disability Access Services. If a department is unable to provide accommodation, it may request assistance from the EOA. Learn more about accessible event planning and advertising to ensure access for the campus community and visitors.
Rules Against Acquiring Genetic Information
The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) prohibits employers and other entities covered by GINA Title II from requesting or requiring genetic information of an individual or family member of the individual. There are six narrow exceptions to this prohibition:
- Inadvertent acquisitions of genetic information do not violate GINA, such as in situations where a manager or supervisor overhears someone talking about a family member’s illness.
- Genetic information (such as family medical history) may be obtained as part of health or genetic services, including wellness programs, offered by the employer on a voluntary basis, if certain specific requirements are met.
- Family medical history may be acquired as part of the certification process for FMLA leave (or leave under similar state or local laws or pursuant to an employer policy), where an employee is asking for leave to care for a family member with a serious health condition.
- Genetic information may be acquired through commercially and publicly available documents like newspapers, as long as the employer is not searching those sources with the intent of finding genetic information or accessing sources from which they are likely to acquire genetic information (as websites and on-line discussion groups that focus on issues such as genetic testing of individuals and genetic discrimination).
- Genetic information may be acquired through a genetic monitoring program that monitors the biological effects of toxic substances in the workplace where the monitoring is required by law or, under carefully defined conditions, where the program is voluntary.
- Acquisition of genetic information of employees by employers who engage in DNA testing for law enforcement purposes as a forensic lab or for purposes of human remains identification is permitted, but the genetic information may only be used for analysis of DNA markers for quality control to detect sample contamination.
Confidentiality of Genetic Information
GINA also prohibits a covered entity from disclosing genetic information about applicants, employees, or members. Covered entities must keep genetic information confidential and in a separate medical file. (Genetic information may be kept in the same file as other medical information in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.) There are limited exceptions to this non-disclosure rule, such as exceptions that provide for the disclosure of relevant genetic information to government officials investigating compliance with Title II of GINA and for disclosures made pursuant to a court order.
If you have questions or wish to request training for your unit, you may contact:
- Disability Access Services at 541-737-3669 for questions dealing with services to students and classroom instruction; or,
- Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at 541-737-3556 for general information and training, reasonable accommodation requests, dedicated parking, and financial resources for providing accommodation.