University of Pennsylvania
Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs
Policy on Individuals with Disabilities
It is the policy of the University of Pennsylvania that no qualified
individual with a disability shall, on the basis of the disability,
be excluded from participation in University programs and activities,
and affirmative action shall be taken with regard to the employment
of qualified individuals with disabilities.
For purposes of this policy, the following definitions apply:
- A "disability" is defined as:
- Any physical or mental impairment that substantially limits
one or more major life activities; or
- Having a record of such an impairment; or
- Being regarded as having such an impairment.
- A "qualified individual with
a disability" means an individual as defined above, who
is capable of performing the essential functions of a particular
job or of participating in a particular course of study, with
or without reasonable accommodations
for his/her disability.
- Making facilities used by faculty, staff and students readily
accessible to and usable by, individuals with disabilities
- The acquisition or modification of equipment or devices
- The provision of qualified readers and interpreters
- Modified work schedule
- Restructured job responsibilities or reallocation of non-essential
(marginal) job functions
- The appropriate adjustment or modification of examinations,
training materials or policies.
The University will reasonably accommodate a qualified
individual with a disability, provided that the accommodation
does not impose an undue burden on the University. Reasonable accommodations
will be provided only when an individual properly identifies him/herself
as a qualified individual with a covered disability and provides
the appropriate documentation. Faculty and staff should submit requests
for accommodations to the Program for Faculty and Staff with Disabilities
in the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs,
Sansom Place East, Suite 228, 3600 Chestnut Street, (215) 898-6993.
Students should contact the Office
of Student Disabilities Services, Learning Resources Center,
3820 Locust Walk, Suite 110, and (215) 573-9235 for academic related
accommodations and the Program for People with Disabilities for
any accommodations needed for on-campus employment.
The University is not required to provide an accommodation that
will have the effect of eliminating an essential function of the
job in question or an essential requirement of an academic program,
or to provide an accommodation or service which is personal in nature,
such as a hearing aid, a wheelchair, or a personal care attendant.
FUNDING FOR ACCOMMODATIONS
If an accommodation is deemed appropriate and reasonable for an
employee, then the department bears the initial responsibility for
funding the accommodation. If the cost is beyond the means of the
department, then higher levels in the departments reporting
line should share the cost. Funding for accommodations related to
a students academic program is coordinated by the Office
of Student Disabilities Services.
The Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs
is responsible for ensuring the Universitys compliance with
its equal opportunity and nondiscrimination
obligations arising under federal, Commonwealth and local laws.
In the event that an employee or student
disagrees with the determination and/or proposed accommodation,
s/he may contact the Executive Director, Office of Affirmative Action
and Equal Opportunity Programs, Sansom Place East, Suite 228, 3600
Chestnut Street, (215) 898-6993 for assistance in resolving the
All medical records that are related
to requests for accommodations will remain confidential and will
be maintained in locked files separate from academic and personnel
records. Limited information may be shared with supervisors or faculty
in order to arrange for necessary accommodations, but only with
the knowledge and agreement of the individual requesting the accommodation.