Americans with Disability Act, Reasonable Accommodations, and Equal Access at SCSU

St. Cloud State University is committed to providing equal employment opportunity and equal access to all programs, services and activities to persons with disabilities. This includes compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The following information is designed to help students, other users of university services, job applicants, faculty and staff understand how the ADA and reasonable accommodation help ensure equal access and opportunity on campus.

  • What is a disability? An individual is considered to have a disability if he/she:
    • has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or
    • has a record of such an impairment; or
    • is regarded as having such an impairment
  • Who is a qualified individual? A qualified employment applicant or employee is someone who has the skills, experience, education and other qualifications required for the position and who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the job.

    A student or other user of university services must meet the essential requirements for receipt for services or participation in programs and activities with or without:
    • reasonable modification of rules, policies or practices; and/or
    • removal of architectural, communication or transportation barriers; and/or
    • provision of auxiliary aids or services; unless the changes would impose an undue burden or fundamentally alter the nature of service, program or activity.
  • Obtaining accommodation or access on campus
    All of the offices and departments on campus are expected to provide access to their programs and services. Individuals may make requests for accommodations or assistance from any of these offices or departments. Additional assistance for access or compliance is available from four offices with special responsibilities on campus. Following is a brief description of the expertise and help each can offer.

Student Disability Services (SDS)
SDS is a department within Student Life and Development designed to ensure academic program accessibility for individuals with cognitive, physical or emotional disabilities as defined by the ADA. Services may include note taking, interpreting, alternative test taking, priority registration, referral to other campus departments and advocacy. Documentation regarding the nature of the disability will be required. Students seeking services should call 320-308-4080 (TTY or voice) or 320-308-3111. The SDS office is located in B111 of the Atwood Memorial Center.

Facilities Management

The staff is responsible for the university's ongoing program of improving physical access to all facilities and can assist with building or equipment modifications that may be necessary within offices or classrooms. For more information or assistance please call 320-308-2266.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Office
This office examines complaints of discrimination based on immutable characteristics, one of which is disability. If you believe you have been discriminated against in the workplace or educational setting because of a disability, please contact the Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Officer at 320-308-5123. Filing complaints with EEO/AAO does not preclude other remedies under other Civil Rights jurisdictions. The office is located in Administrative Services, room 102.

Human Resources Office

This office administers Title 1 of the ADA, which prohibits discrimination against an otherwise qualified individual with a disability with respect to all employment practices and activities. The office can provide assistance with applications for employment, testing and job modification. Call 320-308-3203 for more information or come to Administrative Services Building, room 204.

TDD/TTY: The Minnesota Relay Service

SCSU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity educator and employer

September 2003

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