Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Policy and Procedure for Resolving Employee Requests for Accommodation

The University of Cincinnati is committed to diversity and a campus culture of inclusion that is necessary for a rich learning and working environment and essential in preparing students to work, live and contribute to in an increasingly complex society and providing employees an accessible and inclusive workplace.

As part of this effort, the University is committed to the full inclusion of individuals with disabilities and continually improving the accessibility of our campus, programs and activities. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access will help guide the University's efforts to move beyond compliance and toward seamless access. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access collaborates with University offices, governmental agencies, and advocacy groups to inform decision-making and ensure University compliance with State and Federal mandates.

To accomplish this the Office is a referral point for information, services and resources; provides consultation on policy reviews and facilities planning; conducts workshops and training; serves as a clearing house for disability related complaints; and develops disability related initiatives.

Procedure for resolving requests for accommodation

Questions regarding the university's employee ADA Acommodation Request Procedures or about an accommodation request should be directed to Human Resources (513-556-6381).

Students with disabilities who need academic accommodations or other specialized services while attending UC will receive reasonable accommodations to meet their individual needs as well as advocacy assistance on disability-related issues. Please contact Student Disability Services for additional information and visit their web page at


Common Examples of Reasonable Accommodation

  • Making physical modifications to the workplace, acquiring equipment or assistive devices or modifying existing equipment
  • Making policy exceptions
  • Using different supervisory methods or modes of communicating
  • Job restructuring
  • Part time work or modified work schedules
  • Sign language interpreters or readers
  • Leave of absence
  • Telework
  • Reassignment to a vacant position

Reasonable Accommodation – Practical Tips

  • Communication, exchange information, search for solutions, and consult resources as needed
  • Employee must cooperate in providing legitimately requested information

Actions NOT Required as a Reasonable Accommodation

  • Removing an essential job function or hiring someone else to perform it
  • Lowering production or performance standards
  • Excusing misconduct
  • Providing ‘personal use items’ such as eyeglasses, wheelchairs, or prosthetic limbs

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