Reasonable Accommodations in Employment
Appalachian State University is committed to equal opportunity in all aspects of employment for qualified employees (EHRA, SHRA, Faculty, etc.) with disabilities. Employees who need reasonable workplace accommodations on the basis of a disability in order to complete the essential functions of their job or have access the benefits of employment must complete the request process outlined below.
Title I of the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination in employment and requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations for “qualified employees with disabilities.” Accommodations do not remove functions which are essential to a job, but rather provide an equal opportunity for an employee to complete them.
Request and documentation: Employees should identify employement related barriers and complete an Employee Accommodation Request. The employee will be contacted to discuss the request for accommodations and potential need for disability documentation. For assistance animal accommodations within University Housing additional requirements are needed.
Interactive process: The ADA/504 Coordinator, or designee, will engage in an interactive process with the employee and the supervisor to determine eligibility, essential job functions, and necessary reasonable accommodations.
Implementation: Upon completion of the interactive process, the ADA/504 Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that approved accommodations are understood and implemented in a timely manner.
Timeline Employees are encouraged to begin this process as early as possible to ensure the timely provision of accommodations. Once both disclosure form and appropriate documentation is received every effort will be made to determine eligibility and provide related accommodations within 15 business days of submission.
For individuals already approved for accommodations or need additional accommodations and/or changes
Information on supports for those navigating temporary injuries or pregnancy related conditions.
Requests for sign language interpreters or real-time captioning should be made at least two weeks in advance
Appalachian State University is committed to providing an institutional environment free from discriminiation and harassment to the Appalachian community, including students, faculty, staff and others who participate in University Programs, activities, or conduct business on behalf of the University.