To: Faculty and Staff
This is an annual reminder for all UCLA employees, including student employees, of the duty to provide appropriate accommodation for all individuals (including students and employees) with disabilities. This obligation exists for faculty and non-faculty academic personnel, including Teaching Assistants.
Students with Disabilities
If you are a member of the faculty or non-faculty academic personnel and a student indicates that they are in need of a disability related academic accommodation, please promptly refer the student to the Center for Accessible Education (CAE) at (310) 825-1501.
Employees with Disabilities
If you are a UCLA employee (on campus or in UCLA Health) who supervises other UCLA employees and an employee indicates to you that they are in need of a disability related accommodation, please promptly refer the employee to:
What is an “Accommodation” or “Reasonable Academic Accommodation”?
“Reasonable accommodations are determined through an interactive process between the CAE, the student, and instructional staff. It is axiomatic that reasonable accommodations must be disability-based. The academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids, and/or modification or adjustment to practices, procedures, or policies are so that a qualified student with a disability receives equal access to a course, program, service, or activity.
Accommodations can be:
- Changes to a classroom environment or task that permit a student with a disability to participate in the educational process,
- Reasonable modifications to policies, practices or procedures that enable the student to participate in UCLA’s programs, including admissions, academics, online and distance education courses, and housing.” – Center for Accessible Education on Academic Accommodations
What is an “Accommodation” or “Reasonable Accommodation” in employment?
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission:
“Reasonable accommodation is any change or adjustment to a job or work environment that permits a qualified applicant or employee with a disability to participate in the job application process, to perform the essential functions of a job, or to enjoy benefits and privileges of employment equal to those enjoyed by employees without disabilities. For example, reasonable accommodation may include:
- acquiring or modifying equipment or devices,
- job restructuring,
- part-time or modified work schedules,
- reassignment to a vacant position,
- adjusting or modifying examinations, training materials, or policies,
- providing readers and interpreters, and
- making the workplace readily accessible to and usable by people with disabilities.”
Requests for Accommodation
Requests for accommodation do not have to be in writing and the words “reasonable accommodation” do not have to be used.
If a student or an employee shares with you that they have a disability/medical condition, but they do not request an accommodation, the best practice is to ask the person, “How can I/we help?”
Academic Accommodations Must Be Provided
Once a student has received an academic accommodation from the Center for Accessible Education, it is the obligation of the faculty member to honor that accommodation. If the faculty member does not agree with the accommodation, it is appropriate for them to engage with the student and the Center for Accessible Education to seek an alternative form of accommodation. However, in the interim (and in the event that an alternative accommodation is not provided), the initial academic accommodation should remain provided.
Employee Accommodation Must Be Provided
Once a reasonable accommodation has been identified and implemented through the interactive process, it is the obligation of the supervisor to honor that accommodation. If the supervisor or employee has concerns about the effectiveness of the accommodation, it is appropriate to engage with Disability Management to explore whether a modification or alternate accommodation would be effective. However, in the interim (and in the event that an alternative accommodation is not identified), the initial reasonable accommodation should be maintained.
We appreciate your cooperation in adhering to your mandatory duty to accommodate all people with disabilities at UCLA and for helping to strengthen civil rights protections for our entire community.
Please send questions and feedback to us at WeListen@equity.ucla.edu.
Monroe Gorden, Jr.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & ADA/504 Officer
Anna Spain Bradley
Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Civil Rights & Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Officer