Office for Institutional Equity & Access

Americans with Disabilities Act - Determining Reasonable Accommodations

A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a course, program service, job, activity, or facility that enables a qualified employee with a disability to have an equal opportunity. An equal opportunity means an opportunity to attain the same level of performance or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges as are available to a similarly situated employee without a disability. St. Cloud State is obligated to make a reasonable accommodation only to the known limitations of an otherwise qualified employee with a disability. To determine reasonable accommodations, the ADA coordinator may seek information from appropriate St. Cloud State personnel regarding essential functions of a job, programs, services, activity and facility. Reasonable accommodations are determined by examining:

  1. Whether or not the employee has access to the job, program, service, job activity, or facility without accommodations;
  2. The barriers resulting from the interaction between the documented disability and the work environment;
  3. The possible accommodations that might remove the barriers; and
  4. Whether or not essential elements of the job, program, service, activity, or facility are compromised by the accommodations.

Reasonable accommodations are individualized and flexible, based on the nature of the disability and the employment environment.