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Accommodations for Faculty, Staff, and Students with Disabilities

Access, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity


Authority, Purpose, and Scope

Authority: MSU Denver prohibits discrimination based on disability in accordance with the University's Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action statement and the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Trustees authorize the President to create policies and procedures for providing reasonable accommodations to applicants, employees, and students with disabilities.

Purpose: This policy outlines when it is appropriate for the University to provide reasonable accommodations to assist employees and applicants with disabilities in regard to hiring, promotion, performance, benefits, and privileges.

Applies to: Employees and Applicants

Roles and Responsibilities

Responsible Executive: President

Responsible Administrators: Chief Equal Opportunity Officer

Responsible Offices: Equal Opportunity Office

Policy Contacts: Equal Opportunity Office, 303-615-0036

Policy Statement

The University's policy is to fully comply with the reasonable accommodation requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Under the law, agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to qualified employees or applicants with disabilities, unless to do so would cause undue hardship. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to its employees and applicants for employment in order to assure that individuals with disabilities enjoy full access to equal employment opportunity at the University. The University provides reasonable accommodations:

  • when an applicant with a disability needs an accommodation in order to be considered for a job;
  • when an employee with a disability needs an accommodation to enable him or her to perform the essential functions of the job or to gain access to the workplace; and 
  • when an employee with a disability needs an accommodation to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment.

The University will process requests for reasonable accommodation and provide reasonable accommodations in a prompt, fair and efficient manner where appropriate.

In order to effectuate this policy, the various departments are not responsible for costs to implement employee accommodation requests. The University has dedicated centralized funding resources to pay for reasonable accommodations. In addition, the University has designated an ADA Coordinator for employees who have direct administrative responsibility for ADA accommodation requests, University-wide.

Policy History


Revised: May 2016

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