Policies and Notices
At Ohio University, persons with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to be fully engaged members of our community. Although the University strives toward aspirational goals regarding accessibility and inclusion, we simultaneously work to assure no qualified person will be denied access to educational or employment opportunities based on having a disability. The University complies with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (as amended), ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), Sections 503, 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and State of Ohio disability law.
Ohio University Policies and Notices
The role of the ADA/504 Coordinator is to coordinate University programs and initiate policies that reflect the federal and state requirements to ensure that students, faculty, staff and community members living with disabilities have access to our programs, services and facilities. Under the American with Disabilities Act, Title II Public entities such as Ohio University are required to appoint an ADA/504 Coordinator and to have a non-discrimination policy.
For questions about the university’s obligations under the ADA and Rehabilitation Act, contact:
Carey Busch, CRC, Ph.D.
ADA/504 Coordinator and Assistant Dean for Accessibility
Office for University Accessibility
Athens, Ohio 45701
ADA/504 Coordinator and Responsibilities
The ADA/504 Coordinator leads efforts to assure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to persons with disabilities.
Responsible for coordinating University policies and procedures relating to persons with disabilities, tracking university progress relating to its policies and procedures as well as state and federal laws relating to persons with disabilities, filing all necessary reports, and providing consultative services to employing units and offices.
The scope of responsibility includes faculty, staff, and student employment, as well as public and student access to educational programs and facilities.
Central Planning Responsibilities:
Serves as the principal planning coordinator for University programs, policies, and procedures relating to University compliance and the promotion of University opportunities for persons with disabilities.
Compliance Process Responsibilities:
Ensures that appropriate processes are in place to provide for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints and inquiries from University employees and students, as well as the public regarding compliance with the ADA and other applicable federal and state laws regarding discrimination on the basis of disability
Makes final determinations regarding allegations of discrimination and non-compliance under the ADA and other applicable federal and state laws regarding discrimination on the basis of disability
Maintains current information regarding state and federal laws and regulations as well as the best practices of other universities and private employers concerning the rights of persons with disabilities and ways of providing reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities while maintaining program performance standards.
Maintains current information regarding state and federal laws and regulations as well as the best practices of other universities and private employers relating to the University’s employment policies and procedures for faculty, staff and academic professional employees with disabilities.
Ensures that University-related information is readily available on services, accommodations, policies, and demographics relating to persons with disabilities.
Central Consulting and Outreach Responsibilities:
Provides ADA program and facility interpretation and advice on compliance to all sectors of the University community.
Develops and maintains written materials and other informational pieces to broadly disseminate information regarding the ADA and the University’s policies relating to persons with disabilities.
Designs and participates in the development of presentations for students, faculty and staff on the provision of equal opportunity for persons with disabilities.
Serves as the central intake for matters relating to the ADA and facilitates activity and the flow of information among the various University offices with responsibilities relating to compliance, including but not limited to:
- Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
- Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
- Office of Vice President for Finance and Administration – Architecture, Design & Construction
- Office of University Human Resources
- Office of Legal Affairs
Serves as the primary University liaison with relevant state and federal agencies, as well as other ADA coordinators at colleague institutions and associations.
Maintains a record of all disability and accommodation issues and the resolution of each
Ensures the timely filing of all required compliance reports
Develops and implements internal measures and/or reports which inform the university administration of the status of ADA compliance and opportunities for people with disabilities.
This position reports to the Dean of University College.