Accommodations for Faculty and Staff Members
Carnegie Mellon University provides reasonable accommodations to staff and faculty members with disabilities to enable them to perform the essential functions or duties of their positions. An accommodation is deemed “reasonable” by the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) unless the accommodation would fundamentally alter the nature of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, or advantages offered or would result in an undue burden, i.e., significant difficulty or expense. The final determination for providing appropriate and reasonable accommodations rests with the institution.
Equal Opportunity Services assists faculty and staff members seeking accommodations for disabilities.
Self-Identifying a Disability
You may self-identify as disabled at any time through Workday. Refer to the Self-Identification of Disability in Workday Quick Guide [pdf] for instructions.
You may also self-identify as disabled by contacting EOS at email@example.com.
- Submit the Request for Accommodations Form [pdf] to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- EOS will acknowledge receipt of the form and initiate an interactive process through which a university representative will work with you to address your accommodation needs.
- You will be asked to submit appropriate documentation of the disability.
- You will make an appointment with a representative from EOS to discuss your accommodations and review a draft Employee Individual Accommodation Plan.
- Before drafting an Employee Individual Accommodation Plan, EOS may require additional information from a medical professional to ensure accurate accommodations are provided. Please submit medical documentation to email@example.com.
- EOS will provide you with a Summary of Accommodations Memorandum and a finalized Employee Individual Accommodation Plan.
The information gathered in this process is used by EOS solely to develop an Accommodation Plan, which is an agreement between the employee and CMU regarding reasonable accommodations and services. This confidential information is only shared with appropriate personnel on a business need-to-know basis.
- Next, you will be asked if you would need assistance during a campus emergency. If you identify that you would need assistance, you will be added to the University Emergency Evacuation List. The list is strictly voluntary and allows University Police and other first responders to develop a plan for your evacuation needs. To be included on the University Evacuation Waiting List for a short- or long-term condition, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412-268-3930.
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, individuals with disabilities are assured services and protected from discrimination. To establish that an individual is covered under the ADA, the documentation must indicate that the disability substantially limits some major life activity, including learning and working. The following documentation requirements are provided to assure that documentation demonstrates an impact on a major life activity; is appropriate to verify eligibility; and supports the request for accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids.
The required documentation varies based on the nature of the disability. Below are guidelines for the most common disabilities:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Documentation Guidelines
- Autism Spectrum Disorder Documentation Guidelines
- Hearing Disorder Documentation Guidelines
- Intellectual Disability Documentation Guidelines
- Learning Disability Documentation Guidelines
- Physical Disability and Chronic Health-related Condition Documentation Guidelines
- Psychiatric Disability Documentation Guidelines
- Traumatic Brain Injury Documentation Guidelines
- Visual Disorder Documentation Guidelines
Documentation must come from an outside source and follow the suggested guidelines stated above.
EOS does not perform any testing but can provide a list of agencies that perform such evaluations. The cost of obtaining documentation is borne by the individual requesting accommodations.
If the initial documentation is incomplete or inadequate to determine the extent of the disability and reasonable accommodations, EOS has the discretion to require additional documentation. Any cost of obtaining additional documentation is also borne by the individual.
Requesting Additional Accommodations or Change to Accommodations
COVID-19 Medical Requests for Accommodations
Consistent with CMU’s commitment to maintain the health, safety and welfare of its faculty and staff, the university will provide a reasonable accommodation to eligible faculty and staff who, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, require workplace accommodations to enable them to perform the essential functions of their job, unless doing so would create an undue hardship.
- Initiating a Request: Visit the COVID-19 Medical Requests for Accommodations page for a request form and detailed instructions.
- Continuation of COVID-19 Medical Reasonable Work Accommodations for the Spring 2021 Semester: If you received a COVID-19 medical work accommodation for the Fall 2020 semester, you may request a continuation of the work accommodation by sending an email to Disability Services. You are not required to submit another request through Workday. Upon receipt of your email, Disability Services will contact your department head/supervisor to discuss the request.
Accommodations for Short-Term Disabilities
If you have a short-term condition that substantially limits your ability to complete your day-to-day work at the university, you may be considered for assistance. If you believe you are in need of services due to a short-term condition, contact EOS at email@example.com or 412-268-3930.
You will also be asked if you would need assistance during a campus emergency. If you identify that you would need assistance, you will be added to the University Emergency Evacuation List. The list is strictly voluntary and allows University Police and other first responders to develop a plan for your evacuation needs. To be included on the University Evacuation Waiting List for a short-term condition, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412-268-3930.