Guidelines for the Ohio University
Presidential Advisory Council
on Disability and Accessibility Planning
The name of the Council shall be the Presidential Advisory Council on Disability and Accessibility Planning.
The Presidential Advisory Council on Disability and Accessibility Planning is appointed by the President upon recommendation of the ADA-504 Coordinator/Executive Director of the Office for Institutional Equity and the Associate Vice President for Facilities.
1.5 Purpose and Scope
The Council is charged with providing input for continuous improvement towards Ohio University's compliance with the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disability and Accessibility Planning Act of 1990 (as amended).The Council will help to guide Ohio University's compliance with federal and state disability law to remove barriers to access to educational and employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.
The Council will submit its recommendations to the President, the Executive Vice President and Provost, and the Senior Vice President, Finance & Administration who will take such further actions on the recommendations as they deem appropriate.
1.7 Charge and Responsibility
The Council is charged with the development of a comprehensive Disability and Accessibility plan for Ohio University in accordance with equal access goals contemplated in Ohio University's Strategic Priorities and University Vision Statement.This Disability and Accessibility plan will include recommendations for prioritized goals and strategies for each of the following targeted areas: Academic Access, Program and Web Access, Architectural Access, and Campus Climate for Persons with Disabilities.
2.1 Composition and Appointment
The members of the Council are appointed by the President of the University to two-year terms, renewable for up to two consecutive terms. The Disability and Accessibility Council Co-chairs are not subject to term limits. The Council has membership as follows:
2.3 Co-chairs of the Council
One Co-chair of the Council shall be the Executive Director of the Office for Institutional Equity. The other Co-chair shall be the Associate Vice President for Facilities. The Co-chairs shall preside at all meetings of the Council. The Co-chairs also are charged with periodic reporting on the progress of the Council to the President, Executive Vice President and Provost, and the Vice President for Finance and Administration.
The Co-chairs may designate one member of the Council to take minutes of each meeting. Meeting minutes will be maintained by the Office for Institutional Equity.
Membership shall include a minimum of 12 individuals, including faculty, staff, and students.
Membership shall include a minimum of one representative from each of the following areas: Office for Disability Services, University Human Resources, Facilities Planning Office, Provost, Division of Student Affairs, and Regional Higher Education.
Membership shall include individuals who are persons with disabilities and who represent the following groups: faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, and staff.
The Co-chairs shall appoint membership of all sub-councils. Sub-councils shall be comprised of one member of the Council, who will serve as the Chair of the sub-council, and a minimum of two individuals who are not members of the Council. Sub-council Chairs will be responsible for reporting the sub-council's work to the Council.
Each member is expected to attend all meetings of the Council. However, if a member is unable to attend they may designate an alternate for that one meeting by providing notice to the Co-chairs. The designated alternate will have the full privileges of the member for that one meeting.
The Council shall meet at least bi-monthly upon due notice by the Co-chairs, or more often, if necessary, to conduct the business of the Council. The Co-chairs shall advise the members of the time and place of the meeting. The Council shall retain minutes of the meetings.