The University of Texas at El Paso, in the administration of its employment policies and practices, does not discriminate against employees, applicants for employment, students or beneficiaries in employment or in the provision of services based on disability. Further, UTEP is committed to fulfilling its responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act (ADAAA) of 2008 in providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act states:
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against a qualified person with a disability in employment practices. Under the ADA, a person is considered to have a disability if (1) he or she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities such as hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, performing manual tasks, walking, caring for oneself, learning, or working; (2) has a record of having such an impairment; or (3) is regarded as having such an impairment.
The ADA also requires that employers provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. It is a violation of the ADA to fail to provide reasonable accommodations to the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified individual with a disability. An employee who believes that he or she needs a reasonable accommodation should initiate a request for an accommodation through the UTEP’s EO office.
A "qualified person with a disability" is a person who, with or without reasonable accommodations, is able to perform the essential functions of the position. When a qualified individual with a disability requests an accommodation, the University must make a good faith effort to provide an accommodation for the individual. Accommodations must be made on a case-by-case basis because the nature and extent of the disability.
Students with disabilites have been and continue to be an integral part of The University of Texas at El Paso's committment to serving a diverse student population. The Center for Accommodations and Support Services (CASS) was established for the purpose of providing appropriate and reasonable accommodations as mandated in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For more information concerning services for students with disabilities, please contact the Center for Accommodations and Support Services at www.sa.utep.edu/cass