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Policy 5201

Non-Discrimination and Reasonable Accommodation On the Basis of Disability

I. Purpose

Longwood University is committed to providing equal access to employment and educational opportunities for persons with disabilities. Longwood University recognizes that individuals with disabilities may need reasonable accommodations to have equally effective opportunities to participate in or benefit from university educational programs, services and activities, and to have equal employment opportunities. Longwood University adheres to all applicable federal and state laws, regulations, and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as necessary to afford equal employment opportunity and equal access to programs for qualified persons with disabilities. Students requesting reasonable accommodations for a disability should contact the Office of Disability Resources at 434-395-2391 (trs 711). Longwood University employees and applicants for Longwood University employment should contact the Office of Human Resources at 434-395-2074. Visitors and participants in non-academic programs should contact the sponsoring department or the Office of Disability Resources at 434-395-2391. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations and/or discrimination on the basis of disability should be directed to the Director of Disability Resources (for students and visitors) or the Chief Human Resources Officer or designee (for employees).

II. Applicability

This policy applies to all Longwood University faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

III. Responsibilities

As the ADA/Section 504 compliance officer for the University, the Director of the Office of Disability Resources is responsible for administering and monitoring Longwood University's policy on non-discrimination and reasonable accommodation on the basis of disability.

Longwood University students:
The Office of Disability Resources is responsible for reviewing requests for reasonable accommodation on the basis of disability for students. Academic departments and faculty members are responsible for providing those accommodations in accordance with federal and state regulations and in cooperation with the Office of Disability Resources.

Longwood University employees and applicants for Longwood University employment: The Office of Human Resources is responsible for reviewing requests for reasonable accommodation for employees on the basis of disability and employing departments are responsible for providing reasonable accommodations for employees in accordance with federal and state regulations and University policy. The Office of Disability Resources is available as a resource in this process.

Visitors and participants in non-academic programs:
Non-academic programs, including events provided by the University such as concerts, performances, student-sponsored events, campus tours, summer camps, and public programs will be made accessible in accordance with federal and state law. Departments, offices, or groups sponsoring the event are responsible for reviewing requests for reasonable accommodations for visitors and participants and providing accommodations for non-academic programs. The Office of Disability Resources is available as a resource in this process.

Procedures:

Reasonable accommodation procedure for visitors and participants in non-academic programs: Contact the sponsoring department or the Office of Disability Resources at 434-395-2391 (trs 711).

IV. Compliance

Inquiries about or complaints alleging violation of the University's Non-Discrimination and Reasonable Accommodations on the Basis of Disability policy should be directed to the following offices:

Students:

Office of Disability Resources, Graham Hall, 201 High Street, Farmville, VA 23909. Phone 434-395-2391 (trs 711); Fax 434-395-2434.

Grievance Procedure: See Longwood University Student Handbook (pdf) or Disability Resources website

Employees:

Office of Human Resources, Lancaster Hall, 201 High Street, Farmville, VA 23909. Phone 434-395-2074; Fax 434-395-2666.

Visitors:

Office of Disability Resources, Graham Hall, 201 High Street, Farmville, VA 23909. Phone 434-395-2391 (trs 711); Fax 434-395-2434.

Related University References:

Approved by the Board of Visitors October 29, 1993.
Revised and approved by the Board of Visitors, September 7, 2002.
Revised and approved by the Board of Visitors, June 12, 2009.