The University of Chicago welcomes students, faculty, other academic appointees, staff, postdoctoral researchers, and visitors with disabilities. Equal Opportunity Programs, in partnership with Student Disability Services (SDS) and Employee and Labor Relations, works to ensure that the University is an accessible and welcoming working and learning environment for individuals with disabilities.
In addition, the University of Chicago will not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of disability. Individuals with disabilities (including students, faculty, other academic appointees, staff, postdoctoral researchers, visitors, and applicants) will be provided equal opportunities in accordance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Section 504 the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable state and federal laws.
We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answers about the University’s commitment to providing equal opportunities for individuals with disabilities. In addition, you can learn more about how to request an accommodation, resources available to support individuals with disabilities, and how to report an incident of discrimination on the basis of disability.
The University of Chicago’s Affirmative Action Programs for staff, faculty, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are available for review by any employee or applicant for employment by appointment with Equal Opportunity Programs. Appointments will be scheduled during regular business hours. Interested persons should contact the Equal Opportunity Programs.
The Office for Access and Equity works to:
- Receive reports and investigate allegations of unlawful discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct made against faculty, other academic appointees, postdoctoral researchers, and staff (in partnership with Employee and Labor Relations) under the University’s Policy on Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct (“Policy”)
- Provide information on support and resources
- Consult with individuals, departments and divisions across campus on the Policy and providing access to individuals with disabilities
- Coordinate with campus partners on institution-wide access initiatives
- Engage in the interactive process with faculty, other academic appointees, and postdoctoral researchers with disabilities requesting a reasonable accommodation
- Present training on the University’s Policy and access
This summary of the work that we do is not exhaustive. In addition, we understand that each person’s situation may be unique and there is no one-sized fits all approach to your needs. The Office for Access and Equity works with other programmatic offices within the Office of the Provost’s Equal Opportunity Programs – the Office of Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Support and the Office of Affirmative Action – on a variety of issues. We encourage you to contact us with any questions you may have.
In keeping with its long-standing traditions and policies, the University of Chicago considers students, employees, applicants for admission or employment, and those seeking access to University programs on the basis of individual merit. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law (including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972). For additional information regarding the University of Chicago’s Policy on Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct, please see: http://harassmentpolicy.uchicago.edu/page/policy.
The University official responsible for coordinating compliance with this Notice of Nondiscrimination is Bridget Collier, Associate Provost for Equal Opportunity Programs. Ms. Collier also serves as the University’s Title IX Coordinator, Affirmative Action Officer, and Section 504/ADA Coordinator. You may contact Ms. Collier by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling 773.702.5671, or by writing to Bridget Collier, Office of the Provost, The University of Chicago, 5525 S. Ellis Ave., Room 171, Chicago, IL 60637.