Equal Employment Office

Guidelines Regarding Services for Persons with Disabilities

Responsibilities
Related Policies
Accommodations
Emergency Procedures
FHSU Offices to Contact
Organizations and Committees

Responsibilities

FHSU - Fort Hays State University acknowledges its responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Those obligations include providing "reasonable accommodations" to "otherwise qualified" persons who have a "disability" as defined by the ADA.

Persons with Disabilities - It is the responsibility of persons with a disability to notify the university of that disability and the need for accommodations. Assistance from qualified experts may be necessary to determine whether an accommodation requested is "reasonable."

Related Policies 

  • Affirmative Action
  • Employment Policy
  • Harassment Policy
  • Notice of Accessibility
  • Notice of Non-Discrimination
  • Protected Class & Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure

These policies are printed as appropriate in the Faculty Handbook, Classified Staff Handbook and Student Handbook. The Notice of Non-discrimination and Notice of Accessibility are posted in numerous locations across campus. Copies of the Affirmative Action Policy, Employment Policy, Harassment Policy and Protected Class & Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure are available in brochure form from any of the following offices: Affirmative Action, President, Provost, Vice President for Administration and Finance, Vice President for Student Affairs, Personnel, Academic Deans and Employee Relations.

Accommodations

Self-evaluation and Transition Plan - Fort Hays State University has completed its self-evaluation and transition plan. Program accessibility, for purposes of ADA compliance, is measured by overall program accessibility. A public entity is not required to make structural changes in existing facilities where other methods (such as alternate accessible locations) are effective in achieving compliance. As demonstrated by that self-evaluation, FHSU is able to provide overall program accessibility through nonstructural accommodations.

Case by Case Accommodations - The ADA defines a person with a disability as one who:

  1. has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or
  2. has a record or history of such an impairment, or
  3. is perceived or regarded as having such an impairment.
    28 C.F.R. section 35. 104.

This definition includes a variety of disabilities necessitating a case by case approach in providing reasonable accommodation. Reasonable accommodations may include modified schedules, reassignment, auxiliary aides and services or modification to a work site. (See 29 C.F.R. section 130.2(o)(2)(I),(ii)).

Emergency Procedures

The safety and well being of all university personnel (students, faculty and staff) is important to Fort Hays State University. In that regard, the university has developed an Emergency Management Procedure which includes definitions, an organizational chain, designation of responsibilities, a building evacuation policy and communications structure. Persons using FHSU facilities should be aware of the emergency management procedure and should familiarize themselves with "safe routes" as posted in each building.

FHSU Offices to Contact

Disability issues are handled by a variety of offices on the FHSU campus. Below is a list of those offices and a brief description of the types of issues handled by each:

Equal Employment Opportunity Office
: The EEO Office (628-4033) deals with concerns of discrimination or harassment based upon disability.

Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities: The Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities is located in the Kelly Center (628-4401). This is the appropriate office for students, faculty or staff to contact to notify the university of a student's disability and initiate a request for a service. Students and faculty may also contact the office to coordinate disability services for learning disabled and cognitively impaired students.

Geneva Herndon Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic: Students, faculty and staff may contact the Geneva Herndon Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic (628-5366) for comprehensive services in speech, language and hearing.

Kelly Center: The Kelly Center (628-4401) provides a variety of services to FHSU students, faculty and staff. Services include academic support career planning programs, alcohol/drug assistance, personal counseling, psychological services and standardized testing (ACT, PPST, GRE, etc.).

Personnel Office
: The Personnel Office (628-4462) is the appropriate office for classified or unclassified employees to contact to notify the university of the disability and to initiate a request for reasonable accommodation.

Physical Plant: The Physical Plant (628-4424) is responsible for building and grounds maintenance. Concerns regarding items such as snow removal, operation of elevators and automatic door openers, door hardware, restroom fixtures and furniture design or layout may be addressed through this office.

Student Health Center
: The Student Health Center (628-4293) is available to students, faculty and staff to promote health and to treat acute illnesses as well as some chronic diseases. Staff can assist with physician referrals.

University Police: Students may contact the University Police office (625-5304) in case of emergency.

For more detailed information on working with persons with disabilities, please review the Accessibility section of the Faculty Handbook and/or the Handbook on Educational Access available through the Kelly Center.

Organizations and Committees

Two organizations/committees at FHSU deal with issues involving disabilities.

Accessibility for the Disabled Committee: The ADC is comprised of students, faculty and staff. The Affirmative Action Officer and a representative from Facilities Planning are ad hoc members of the committee. Committee appointments are effective for one year. The committee discusses issues related to disabilities and makes recommendations to administration regarding campus modifications and policy. The Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities (628-4276) is the committee chair.

Equal Opportunity Employment Committee: This Committee is comprised of students, faculty and staff. members serve one-year appointments. The committee discusses policy and other issues related to protected classes (race, gender, religion, national origin, age disability, and veteran status). The EEO Officer (628-4033) serves as committee chair.