Office of Campus Diversity & Compliance

University Responsibility:

All publications (web and print) as well as all events that take place on UA campuses must be accessible to eligible persons with disabilities. Whenever possible, materials and events should be accessible by design, when adjustment is needed, Disability Support Services can provide assistance.

Departments or units hosting events or publishing information are ultimately responsible for ensuring that adequate notice is given so that eligible persons can make requests for accommodations in a timely manner.

 

Accessibility Statements for Publications and Programs:

Please use an accessibility statement for all programs, publications, and events at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

1.      Publications should include the following statement:

            This document is available in alternative format upon request.

2.      Registration materials and program announcements, which include bulletins, flyers, brochures, letters, public service announcements or other materials used to inform the public of the event or program should include a statement  such as:

 

If you experience a disability and need accommodation please contact: (Name, host department, phone number or e-mail). Please allow sufficient time to arrange accommodation.

 

Example: Interpreting services and other accommodation is available as needed. Please contact ____________ with at least 48 hours advance notice. UAA is an EEO/AA employer and educational institution.

 

3.      Departments and units requiring information about support services and/or accommodations, please contact the Office of Campus Diversity & Compliance at 786-1424 or e-mail mjwatson@uaa.alaska.edu. Support services and/or accommodations specific to the needs for students, should be directed to Disability Support Services at 786-4530. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q)  Am I required to provide accommodations?

A)  Yes, the University of Alaska Anchorage is a federally funded institution and is mandated by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act. In addition to this federal mandate, it is vital that accommodation be provided in the interest of improving campus climate and honoring the natural diversity that defines any given population. 

Q)   How do I arrange for accommodation?

A)  The Office of Campus Diversity & Compliance is available to discuss and help arrange for accommodation.  For planning purposes advance notification is greatly appreciated.  Preference is for at least 48 to 72 hours notice. 

Q)  How much notice does a participant have to give?

A)  There is no cutoff point after which the university can deny a request, however, advance notice should be requested.  The university must make a good faith effort to provide appropriate accommodation whenever a request comes in.

Q)   Who pays the cost of disability accommodations at extra-curricular events?

A)  The sponsoring department, unity or organization pays the cost of accommodation for any participant who makes a reasonable request.  There may be funding strategies that the Office of Campus Diversity & Compliance or Disability Support Services can recommend, but planning for a diverse, inclusive population is strongly encouraged.