The University Faculty Senate Committee on Disabilities Issues
The City University of New York

Enabling Access to Excellence

Resolution on Reasonable Accommodations for CUNY Faculty and Staff with Disabilities – [Adopted unanimously by voice vote as amended, at the UFS Meeting of May 14, 2002.  This resolution was submitted to the UFS Plenary by the UFS Executive Committee, on behalf of the UFS Committee on Disabilities Issues.]

Whereas, Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 established the legislative obligation for all colleges and universities receiving Federal dollars to increase physical and programmatic access and to provide auxiliary aids and prohibit discriminatory procedures and states in part (as amended): "No otherwise qualified person with a disability in the United States . . . shall, solely on the basis of disability, be denied access to, or the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity provided by any institution receiving federal financial assistance [italics added]," and

Whereas, the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Reauthorization of the Rehabilitation Act of 1992 further iterate the responsibilities of both the public and private sector to make all necessary accommodations for individuals with disabilities accessing programs and services, and

Whereas, an established procedure exists on each CUNY each campus for students with disabilities to request reasonable accommodations, and a budget is provided at each campus to provide those accommodations for students with documented disabilities, and

Whereas, there is no established CUNY procedure for CUNY faculty and staff with documented disabilities to request reasonable accommodations (and procedures that do exist on some campuses are neither clear nor consistent) nor is there a budget at most, if at any, CUNY colleges to provide such accommodations for faculty and staff, and

Whereas, the lack of written, clear, and promulgated CUNY-wide procedures and the lack of college funding to provide accommodations may cause some faculty/staff accommodations to be seriously delayed or not provided at all, a condition that has caused and may continue to cause increased disability and suffering and to occasion successful grievances and lawsuits, as well as diminished productivity and ill will,

Therefore Be It Resolved, that the University Faculty Senate calls on the Chancellor to ensure that:

*The College ADA/504 Coordinator is usually the College’s Director of the Office of Affirmative Action, Compliance, and Diversity.

Bobby WorldWide Approved AAA

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