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Guidelines and Procedures


Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the Minnesota Human Rights Act make it unlawful to discriminate in employment against a qualified individual with a disability. University policy calls for reasonable accommodations to be made for employees with disabilities on an individualized and flexible basis. It is the responsibility of employees with disabilities, however, to seek available assistance at the University and to make their needs known of People with Disabilities.

People with disabilities at the University have the right to:

  • equal access to courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities offered through the University;

  • an equal opportunity to work and to learn, and to receive reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services;

  • appropriate confidentiality of all information regarding their disability and to choose to whom, outside of the University, information about their disability will be disclosed, except as disclosures are required or permitted by law;

  • information, reasonably available in accessible formats.

People with disabilities at the University have the responsibility to:

  • meet qualifications and maintain essential institutional standards for courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities;
  • identify as an individual with a disability when an accommodation is needed and to seek information, counsel, and assistance as necessary;
  • demonstrate and/or document (from an appropriate professional) how the disability limits their participation in courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities;
  • follow published procedures for obtaining reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services.

Rights and Responsibilities of the University of Minnesota

  • identify and establish essential functions, abilities, skills, knowledge, and standards for courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities and to evaluate faculty, staff, and students on this basis;
  • request and receive, through Disability Services, current documentation that supports requests for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services;
  • deny a request for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services if the documentation demonstrates that the request is not warranted, or if the individual fails to provide appropriate documentation;
  • select among equally effective accommodations, adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services;
  • refuse an unreasonable accommodation, adjustment, and/or auxiliary aid and service that imposes a fundamental alteration on a program or activity of the University.

The University of Minnesota has the responsibility to:

  • provide information to faculty, staff, students, and guests with disabilities in accessible formats upon request;
  • ensure that courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities, when viewed in their entirety, are available and usable in the most integrated and appropriate settings;
  • evaluate faculty, staff, students, and applicants on their abilities and not their disabilities;
  • provide or arrange reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services for faculty, staff, students, and guests with disabilities in courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities;
  • to maintain appropriate confidentiality of records and communication, except where permitted or required by law.
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