Human Resources - Connecticut State University System Policy Regarding Persons With Disabilities

The Board of Trustees for the Connecticut State University System affirms its policy of nondiscrimination against all persons protested by all state and federal laws, regulations and executive orders.  This policy of nondiscrimination commits the Connecticut State University System (CSU) to achieving equal employment opportunity and full participation for employees with disabilities.  It is the Board’s policy that no qualified person be excluded from consideration for employment, participation in any university program or activity, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination with regard to any program or activity.  This policy derives from CSU’s commitment to nondiscrimination for all persons in employment, academic programs, and access to facilities, programs, activities, and services.

Existing barriers, whether physical, programmatic or attitudinal must be addressed.  A person with a disability must be afforded equal employment opportunity as outlined in federal law, specifically the rehabilitation Act of 1973 including section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as well as specific state laws on nondiscrimination found in the Connecticut General Statutes and State Executive Orders 18, 11, and 9.

The ADA requires reasonable accommodation in all aspects of the employment process including application, performance of duties and benefits and privileges of employment.  CSU’s efforts to accommodate people with disabilities must be measured against the goal of full participation and integration.  Services and programs to promote the benefits for people with disabilities shall complement and support, but not duplicate, each university’s regular services and programs.  In keeping with CSU’s commitment to equal employment opportunity, each university will make reasonable accommodation for the known physical and mental limitations of otherwise qualified applicants and employees within the provisions of the prevailing state and federal statutes.

An employee with a disability seeking a reasonable accommodation should contact the university or System Office Affirmative Action Officer to determine the appropriate process for review of the request.

Achieving full participation and integration of people with disabilities requires the cooperative efforts of all of university and System Office departments, offices, and personnel.  Each university and the System Office shall periodically review its compliance with this policy as part of its commitment to nondiscrimination.

The Connecticut State University System Policy regarding Persons with Disabilities shall be made available to all employees and shall be posted prominently in meeting rooms used for university and related business meetings and on bulletin boards located in common areas which are readily accessible, on a daily basis, to Connecticut State University System employees and visitors. 

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