Revisions to the Nondiscrimination Policy Regarding Individuals with Disabilities; Supersedes EM 99-021

Executive Memorandum 07-009

May 09, 2007

From: Paul J. Zingg, President

Subject: Revisions to the Nondiscrimination Policy Regarding Individuals with Disabilities; Supersedes EM 99-021

On the recommendation of the Academic Senate and with the approval of Provost Scott McNall, I approve the revisions to EM 99-021.

NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY REGARDING INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Employees

Through its administrative representatives, CSU, Chico will recruit, hire, train, advance, and promote individuals in all job classifications without regard to physical or psychological disability except where such disability represents an essential bona fide occupational disqualification. Administrative representatives will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided opportunities to compete for positions in the workforce, encouraged to aspire for promotion, and considered as promotional opportunities arise. Administrative representatives will ensure that personnel actions, such as benefits, compensation, layoffs, training programs, educational assistance, and social-recreational programs, will be administered without regard to disability except where the disability represents a bona fide occupational disqualification.

As an employer, the University will make reasonable accommodations for an otherwise qualified person with a known disability unless providing such accommodations would impose an undue hardship as described by law.

Academic Programs

As an institution of higher education, the University will provide reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities in campus-sponsored academic programs, activities, and services to insure equally effective access to instructional materials and facilities. Such access will be provided unless such provision would impose an undue hardship on the University as described by law or cause a fundamental alteration of the course, program, activity, or service. Procedures for assuring access will be consistent with the fundamental rights and responsibility of faculty to select course materials, the principles of academic freedom, and the goal of providing high quality education.

General Public

At University-sponsored events, CSU, Chico will provide reasonable accommodations to members of the general public with disabilities unless doing so would create an undue hardship as described by law or cause a fundamental alteration of the program, activity, or service.

Policy Implementation

The authority and responsibility for assuring compliance with this policy rests with the University President. General oversight has been delegated to the Office of the Vice Provost for Human Resources, which is responsible for providing information and services and for monitoring campus compliance relating to disability issues. Faculty, deans, department chairs, program directors, managers, and supervisors, in coordination with the Office of Disability Support Services and the Office of the Vice Provost for Human Resources, share responsibility for receiving, documenting, and ensuring timely response to requests for accommodations. Questions or concerns regarding this policy or accommodations for faculty and staff may be referred to the Office of the Vice Provost for Human Resources. Detailed information and assistance regarding accommodations for students may be obtained from the Office of Disabled Student Services. Information regarding accommodations for public individuals may be obtained from the Public Events Office.

It will be a violation of this policy to dismiss, discharge, expel, penalize, discipline, harass, adversely alter academic grades, or otherwise discriminate against any student, faculty, or staff member because he/she has opposed any discriminatory practice, filed an internal or external complaint of discrimination, or testified or assisted in any proceeding in accordance with this policy.