Accessibility (ADA/504)

Reasonable accommodation

ADA 30th anniversary logoUAF provides reasonable accommodation to employees, visitors, students and/or applicants with a medical condition, disability or on the basis of religion, unless doing so would cause significant difficulty or expense. A reasonable accommodation is any change in the academic or work environment (or in the way things are usually done) to help an individual with a disability submit an application, perform the duties of a job, participation in programs or enjoy the benefits of the above.

Examples

Examples of reasonable accommodations may include but are not limited to: travel adjustments, ergonomic evaluations, service animals, larger monitors, seating and/or desk furniture modifications, leave or work schedule/shift adjustments, qualified interpreters, etc. Pregnancy and parenting adjustments may also be handled as an accommodation under Title IX and/or ADA.


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Request an accommodation

UAF is committed to ensuring that students, employees and visitors can fully participate in a safe and welcoming academic and employment environments.

This means we provide a variety of accommodations, which may include acquiring or modifying equipment, providing flexible leave or modifying work schedules, or providing qualified readers or interpreters.


Accommodations for employees and visitors can be requested through the Statewide Office of Human Resources.

Student academic and pregnancy-related accommodation requests are handled by UAF's Disability Services. At UAF Disability Services, the goal is to provide UAF students with access to academic classes and course materials through an interactive accommodation process.

UAF welcomes individuals and their animals to access land owned by the university in a safe and respectful manner that complies with university rules and regulations.  Animals must behave in a way that does not cause disruption or damage to the property or other users.  Clean-up of any waste material is expected immediately.

Animals, except for service animals, are not permitted in UAF buildings without prior approval or permission as an accommodation for a documented disability. Students requiring this accommodation should work with Disability Services; employees and members of the public should work with the Department of Equity and Compliance. All individuals bringing animals onto University property are subject to UAF’s Animals in University Buildings and on University Property Policy.

Employees wishing to bring a service animal into the workplace, must request approval through the ADA process prior to bringing the service animal to work.

Medical documents related to accommodations must be kept confidential. They will be sealed and maintained in secure storage separate from personnel files. Supervisors may not disclose that an employee is receiving a reasonable accommodation, because this usually amounts to a disclosure that the individual has a disability. If a co-worker enquires about what is perceived to be "special" treatment, point out that many workplace issues are personal, and that it is UAF's policy to assist any employee encountering difficulties and to respect employee privacy.

UAF recognizes and supports the standards set forth in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, and the International Code Council and American National Standards Institute's guidance on accessibility of buildings for people with disabilities (ICC/ANSI A117.1). Here is an online map of restrooms that are gender-inclusive and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as lactation rooms and diaper-changing stations.

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Report an accessibility barrier

If you encounter a facility or policy at UAF that prevents full access, please report it here.


Reports from employees and community members go to the Department of Equity and Compliance's ADA/504 coordinator and others on campus.

The coordinator will oversee any needed changes in behavior, practice or treatment.

The Division of Design and Construction in UAF Facilities Services will direct the removal of physical barriers.


Margo Griffith

UAF's ADA/504 coordinator is responsible for monitoring compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as state civil rights requirements regarding discrimination and harassment based on disability. The 504 coordinator oversees UAF and the UA system’s prevention and education efforts; implements the institution's complaint procedures; responds to reports and complaints; conducts inquiries and investigations; identifies and addresses patterns; and assesses effects on the campus climate so UAF can address issues that affect the wider campus community. To report an incident, you can contact the coordinator directly or submit it online.

UAF's Title IX coordinator has primary responsibility for coordinating efforts to comply with and carry out UA's responsibilities under Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in all the operations of UA, as well as retaliation for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by Title IX. The Title IX coordinator oversees UAF and the UA system's prevention and education efforts; responds to reports and complaints; conducts inquiries and investigations; identifies and addresses patterns; and assesses effects on the campus climate so UAF can address issues that affect the wider campus community. To report an incident, you can contact the coordinator directly or submit it online.