I3: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act

Responsibility for Maintenance: Human Resources 

Date of most recent changes:  December 9, 2013

I. Policy Statement 

It is the policy of Onondaga Community College to comply with all applicable laws concerning the employment of persons with disabilities.  Further, it is our policy not to discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities in job application procedures, hiring, discharge, advancement, compensation, job training, and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment.  The College will engage in interactive discussions with individuals with disabilities, upon request or upon notice of the potential need for an accommodation. The College will provide a reasonable accommodation to a qualified individual with a disability to help that individual perform the essential functions of the position.  Accommodation requests should be initiated or coordinated with the Office of Human Resources.    

II. Reason for Policy 

This policy ensures compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq.; Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA); Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the New York Human Rights Law, all of which prohibit disability discrimination.  As a matter of policy, the College also desires to ensure access to individuals with disabilities to equal employment opportunities.   

III. Applicability of the Policy 

This policy applies to all College employees and applicants for employment. 

IV. Related Documents  

V. Contacts   

Subject Office Name Title or Position Telephone Number Email/URL
Questions regarding policy Human Resources  Vice President, Human Resources (315) 498-2516   b.k.scholl@sunyocc.edu

VI. Definitions  

Term Definition
Disability with respect to an individual: (i) a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities; (ii) a record of such impairment; or (iii) being regarded as having such an impairment.
Major Life Activities include the following, but not limited to: caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating and working.
Reasonable accommodation in the employment setting may include job restructuring, part-time or modified work schedules or reassignment to a vacant position. Other definitions as contained in applicable statutes and regulations may apply.

VII. Procedures 

Any employee or applicant for employment who feels he or she may need an accommodation to help perform the essential functions of the job should contact his or her supervisor or the Office of Human Resources.  Any individual who feels he or she has been discriminated or retaliated against due to his or her disability, or denied a reasonable accommodation, should use the complaint procedures set forth in the  Onondaga Community College Policy I5 Non-Harassment/Non-Discrimination.

The College will not tolerate any retaliation against any individual because he or she has requested an accommodation, made a complaint of disability discrimination or harassment, or otherwise participated in a discrimination or harassment investigation in good faith.    

VIII. Forms/Online Processes 

  • ADA Reasonable Accommodation Request Form 
  • The College may require employees to utilize other forms and/or provide appropriate supporting documentation, as warranted.  

Approved by the OCC Board of Trustees April 3, 2006

Updated and approved by the Board of Trustees June 19, 2012