Faculty and Academic Staff Handbook

23rd Edition, 2013 Version


Chapter VII: UWS and UWRF Policies

7.7 Reasonable Accommodations Policy

7.7.1 Purpose

It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified handicapped individuals who are employees or applicants for employment. This organization will adhere to all applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford equal employment opportunity to qualified handicapped individuals. Reasonable accommodations shall be provided in a timely and cost-effective manner.

7.7.2 Definitions

7.7.2.1 Handicapped Individual:

Any person who has, or who has acquired a physical or mental impairment, has a record of such impairment, or who is regarded as having an impairment which limits one or more major life activities, such as self care, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, and working on a temporary or permanent basis.

7.7.2.2 Physical or mental impairment:

Any physiological disorder, disfigurement, or anatomical loss or limitation, or any mental or psychological disorder acquired as a result of illness, accident or birth.

7.7.2.3 Qualified handicapped individual:

A handicapped individual whose experience, education and/or training enable the person with reasonable accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

7.7.2.4 Reasonable accommodation:

The effort made to make adjustments for the impairment of an employee or applicant by structuring the job or the work environment in a manner that will enable the handicapped individual to perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodation includes, but is not limited to, modifying written examinations, making facilities accessible, adjusting work schedules, restructuring jobs, providing assistive devices or equipment, providing readers or interpreters, and modifying work sites.