Lehigh University is committed to diversity and nondiscrimination, and supports the full employment of qualified individuals with disabilities in its workforce in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1992 (ADA), as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA).
All reasonable accommodation requests for Faculty and Staff, including exempt and nonexempt, can be submitted to Kelly Woodbridge, Accommodations Specialist, in Human Resources. Student requests should be directed to the Assistant Dean of Students, Academic Support Services and/or to the Associate Director, Disability Support Services.
Disability Accommodation Policy
To ensure equality of access for individuals with disabilities, the University will provide reasonable accommodations, including auxiliary aids, to enable staff members to perform the essential functions of their jobs and to participate in all University program and activities. Individuals applying for staff positions can request reasonable accommodation in connection with the application process.
Staff Members shall initiate requests for any desired disability-related workplace accommodation by contacting Human Resources (HR), either orally or in writing. The University will take such requests seriously.
Supervisors shall immediately notify HR for any staff accommodation request brought to their attention. Supervisors shall also implement reasonable accommodations that HR recommends, keep the disability request confidential, and monitor any interactions with the requesting individual to ensure that such interactions are not legitimately construed as retaliatory.
Human Resources Role
Human Resources (HR) shall:
- Inform applicants and employees of the disability accommodation request process
- Coordinate requests for disability accommodations
- Refer employees to appropriate offices for assistance in evaluating their requests
- Oversee the disability accommodation process for employment-related requests
- Provide advice, guidance, and assistance in ADA accommodation requests, including determining what type of medical documentation is necessary
- In consultation with the supervisor, other appropriate offices, and other resources as needed, decide if requested accommodations are appropriate and effective
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Role
The EAP is responsible for providing confidential counseling to employees who seek assistance in resolving concerns, including work-related concerns.
Lehigh University provides employee assistance via the confidential services of HealthAdvocate. HealthAdvocate will refer employees with disability accommodation requests or concerns to Human Resources. More information about HealthAdvocate can be accessed at this link.
Resources and Information
For key definitions and other resources related to reasonable accommodation, visit the website of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.