Staff and Accessibility

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Staff members with disabilities who need employment accommodations:

UC Davis is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to qualified individuals with disabilities. The University engages in an interactive process to consider employee requests for reasonable accommodation when such accommodations are necessary for the employee to perform essential job functions.

A "reasonable accommodation" is any reasonable adjustment to a job or work environment that permits a qualified employee to perform the essential functions of the job position. Employees are responsible for informing the University when a reasonable accommodation is needed. The University will consider an employee's preferred form of accommodation, but need not agree to the employee's preferred form of accommodation if another form of accommodation is available that is equally effective.

Employees should initiate discussions about reasonable accommodations with their direct supervisor.  Disability Management Services can assist departments in providing reasonable accommodations to staff.

Funding accommodations

In the majority of cases, accommodations for employees with disabilities involve low cost or no cost measures. The employee’s home department is responsible for funding accommodations. In the event the cost of accommodations exceeds the capacity for funding at the department level, the department should solicit the responsible Dean or Vice Chancellor for financial assistance. If the cost of accommodations exceeds the capacity for funding at the Dean or Vice Chancellor level, the Office of the Chancellor and Provost should be solicited for financial assistance. Questions regarding funding accommodations and requests for funding assistance from the Office of the Chancellor and Provost should be directed to the ADA Compliance Officer.

Further information about employment-related accommodations for staff

  • Ergonomics
  • Policies and Procedures for staff with disabilities

Staff responsibilities for providing accommodations

Staff members have responsibilities for providing accommodations in each of their different roles.

As supervisors, staff members who hire employees, including students, must ensure the hiring process is non-discriminatory and that they provide reasonable accommodations to those they hire and/or supervise. Contact Disability Management Services for more information.

As providers of educational services to students, staff members share responsibility for providing students with disabilities equal access to educational opportunities. Students who request accommodations for disabilities should be referred to the Student Disability Center (SDC).  The SDC reviews students’ medical documentation of functional limitations and issues letters of accommodation to instructors and the student detailing the specific accommodations to be provided. Contact Student Disability Center for more information.

As providers of public services and programs, such as organizing conferences, lecture series, performances, or other events, staff members are responsible for providing reasonable accommodation to any participant with a disability, including visitors and community members.  Events open to the public must be held in accessible locations, and publicity must include notice about how to request accommodations for disabilities, such as sign language interpreters.  See Making Your Event Accessible for more information.

As web developers, staff must ensure their sites make web content accessible.  See UC Davis Web Standards/Accessibility Standards or University of California Resources for Designing Accessible Websites for more information.