Americans With Disabilities Act
Valdosta State University prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities who can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation(s). An individual is disabled under the Act if he or she:
- has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or
- has a record of such an impairment; or
- is regarded as having such impairment.
VSU provides, and will continue to provide, reasonable accommodations to enable the hire and retention of qualified employees who are able to perform the essential functions of their positions. Any person wishing to self-identify as disabled or request a reasonable accommodation due to a disability should contact Human Resources.
Valdosta State University is governed by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, which specifically prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. Valdosta State University is committed to complying with the goals and objective of the Americans with Disabilities act. Persons needing accommodations should contact the Director of Equal Opportunity Programs and Multicultural Affairs.
Notice to Employees Regarding Reasonable Accommodations:
Employees may experience problems in their jobs that are related to mental or physical impairments. Where a mental or physical impairment is sufficiently severe, it may be considered a disability under the law.
If you have a mental or physical disability that affects your ability to perform your job, Valdosta State University may be able to provide you with a reasonable accommodation to help you carry out the essential functions of your job.
Valdosta State University has no obligation to consider any accommodation unless you inform us that you have a disability that affects your ability to perform your job, and that an accommodation may be needed.
Some employees fear that disclosing a disability will result in negative consequences to them. The purpose of this notice is to assure employees that we take our obligation to comply with disability discrimination laws seriously.
We also want employees who believe they have a disability for which a work-related accommodation is needed to inform management promptly so that Valdosta State University can determine, with input from medical professionals, whether they have a disability and, if so, whether a reasonable accommodation can be provided to help them perform the essential duties of their position.
If you believe your ability to perform your job is affected by a disability and that an accommodation may be needed to enable you to perform the essential functions of your job, Valdosta State University is entitled to have your healthcare provider or an independent medical evaluator determine whether you have a disability for which a reasonable accommodation is needed.
An employee may request an accommodation by picking up the ADA forms from the Director of Equal Opportunity Programs and Multicultural Affairs office and returning those forms to that office. Upon that request the Director of Equal Opportunity Programs and Multicultural Affairs will then contact the appropriate dean/director and work through the process. Human Resources and Employee Development will serve in a consulting role for all employment related issues and the Access Office for Students with Disabilities will serve as a consultant for material and resource related information. Resolution will involve all parties with the Director of Equal Opportunity Programs and Multicultural Affairs facilitating and guiding that process.