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Disability and Accommodation

Policy Number: 3349-07-25
Effective Date: 09/10/2010
Responsible Department: Human Resources
Applies To: All University Employees

A. Purpose

  1. The purpose of this Policy is to assure that a qualified applicant for employment or an Employee with a Disability receives Reasonable Accommodation in the work place as required by Federal and Ohio law.

B. Scope

  1. This Policy applies to all applicants for employment and to all employees of the University including but not limited to faculty, administrative staff, unclassified hourly employees, classified civil service employees, and student employees.

C. Definitions

  1. Consult University Policy No. 3349‐7‐01.
  2. “Disability” refers to:
    1. A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of an individual;
    2. A record of physical or mental impairment; or
    3. Being regarded as having a physical or mental impairment
    4. “Disability” does not include a substance abuse disorder resulting from current alcohol abuse or current illegal use of any drug.
  3. “Direct Threat” refers to a significant risk to health or safety of others that cannot be eliminated by Reasonable Accommodation.
  4. “Reasonable Accommodation” includes, but is not limited to:
    1. Making existing facilities used by employees readily accessible to and usable by employees with disabilities; and
    2. Job restructuring, modified work schedules, acquisition or modification of equipment or devices, the provision of qualified readers or interpreters and other similar accommodations.
  5. “Qualified Individual with a Disability” refers to an Individual with a Disability who, with or without Reasonable Accommodation meets the essential eligibility requirements for the receipt of services or participation in programs or activities provided by the University.

D. Policy Statement

  1. The University’s Policy is to comply with the provisions of Federal and State of Ohio law with regard to persons with disabilities within the workplace.
  2. Disclosure of Disability and Documentation
    1. Disclosure is a matter of choice. An Employee with a Disability may choose not to request Reasonable Accommodations unless the Disability presents a Direct Threat to the health or safety of others.
    2. However, employees who choose to request an accommodation must disclose the underlying Disability and provide documentation as required under this Policy.
    3. Request for Reasonable Accommodation Forms may be obtained from, and upon completion should be returned to, the Department of Human Resources.
    4. Review
      1. The Director of Human Resources will review the Request for Reasonable Accommodation Forms. An Employee may be required by the Director of Human Resources to provide further information or documentation.
      2. The Director of Human Resources may grant the request or refer the request to the Disabilities and Accommodations Committee as set forth herein at (D) (3).
    5. Professional Verification of Disability
      1. Employees with a Disability who request Reasonable Accommodations may be required to provide current written verification of the Disability certified by a licensed physician, psychologist, audiologist, speech pathologist, rehabilitation counselor, physical therapist, occupation therapist or other health care provider who is qualified to diagnose or treat the Disability in the State of Ohio. Further documentation may be required. Documentation should reflect the Employee’s present level of functioning in the major life activity affected by the Disability and the effect the Disability has on the Employee’s role at the University.
      2. Responsibility for the cost of the initial professional verification of a Disability and any supplemental assessments will be borne by the Employee requesting accommodation. Responsibility for the cost of obtaining additional professional opinions requested by the University will be borne by the University.
    6. Records and Retention
      1. All information regarding the Disability and any Reasonable Accommodations will be maintained in the office responsible for occupational health. The Department of Human Resources in accordance with the records retention schedule, will maintain the files of applicants who are not hired who have made an accommodation request.
  3. The Disabilities and Accommodations Committee (“Committee”):
    1. Jurisdiction
      1. The Committee reviews those matters appealed by an Employee or those cases referred to it by the Director of Human Resources. The Committee will review each matter on a case‐by‐case basis.
    2. The voting membership of the Committee shall include the:
      1. Director of Human Resources, who shall serve as the Chair;
      2. Dean for Faculty Affairs;
      3. Affirmative Action Officer, if the Affirmative Action Officer is not the Director of Human Resources; and
      4. One representative appointed by the Office of the President.
    3. The Chair may invite others to attend the meeting as necessary to assist the Committee.
    4. Meeting minutes shall include: the dates of meetings, names of persons in attendance, issues on the agenda and the final decisions made. Minutes will be stored in the Department of Human Resources in accordance with the University’s records retention schedule.
  4. Notification
    1. The Director of Human Resources or designee will notify the applicant or Employee in writing of the decision concerning the requested accommodation, a copy will be sent to the Employee’s Department Head.
  5. Confidentiality
    1. All information must be treated as confidential within the limits of Federal and Ohio law.


Lisa Noland
Administrative Specialist
Phone: 330.325.6354
Email: lnoland@neomed.edu

Office of General Counsel

Northeast Ohio Medical University