UAMS ADMINISTRATIVE GUIDE

NUMBER: 3.1.12
DATE: 11/17/95
REVISION:

SECTION: GENERAL ADMINISTRATION
AREA: ADMINISTRATION
SUBJECT: COMPLIANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA)

PURPOSE

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is committed to the principles described in the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).1 It is the responsibility of each UAMS executive, manager, and supervisor to subscribe to these principles and assure compliance in their particular department or area of responsibility.

POLICY

  1. The individuals designated to coordinate UAMS responsibilities under the ADA are:
  1. W. David Heron, Vice Chancellor for Administrative and Fiscal Affairs, or his successor, AND
  2. Michael J. Dwyer, Jr., Executive Director of Campus Operations, or his successor.

Each may be reached at UAMS, 4301 W. Markham, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72205, or by calling 686-5650.

The Vice Chancellor and the Executive Director shall establish policy, monitor progress, and assure that ADA principles are enacted in all required aspects of UAMS operations.

  1. The individual designated to investigate any complaints alleging noncompliance or any action prohibited by ADA is Charles H. White, Director of Human Relations, or his successor, 4301 W. Markham, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72205. His telephone number is 686-5945 or 686-5650.
  2. It is the policy of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences to ensure compliance with all aspects of the ADA, specifically but not limited to the following:
  1. Non-discriminatory treatment will be given (directly or through contractual licensing) to people with disabilities in the full and equal enjoyment of benefits and services, so that disabled individuals have a full and equal opportunity to obtain the same result, the same benefit, or to reach the same level of achievements as those provided to other individuals.
  2. UAMS will not discriminate in employment, programs, or services on the basis of disability. Such non-discrimination will also extend to friends, associates, and relatives of individuals with disabilities.
  3. Benefits and services will not be provided differently or separately unless such action is necessary to ensure that services are as effective as those provided to others. But where separate benefits and services exist, disabled individuals will nonetheless have access to general benefits and services.
  4. Standards, criteria and methods of administering programs and services at UAMS will not subject qualified individuals with a disability to discrimination, will not impair or defeat the program objectives with respect to individuals with a disability, and will not perpetuate the discrimination of others.
  5. Licensing and certification programs, including educational offerings, will be administered so that qualified individuals with a disability are allowed full and equal access to programs and activities.
  6. UAMS will offer services, programs, and activities in integrated settings appropriate to the needs of individuals with disabilities, and will modify policies, practices, and procedures when necessary to offer programs and services to individuals with disabilities.

Such reasonable accommodations, when necessary, may be freely rejected by individuals with disabilities.

Further, no surcharge will be placed on any individual or group to cover costs incurred in providing reasonable accommodation in programs and services required by ADA.

  1. UAMS will not provide significant assistance—through contractual agreement, licensing, vendor relationship, or other arrangements—to anyone who discriminates on the basis of disability, including using selection criteria for procurement contractors which do not subject qualified individuals with disabilities to discrimination.
  2. UAMS will ensure that services, programs and activities, when viewed in their entirety, are readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disability, and that all construction, renovation, and other physical alteration of UAMS property will meet ADA requirements as enunciated in the UAMS Physical Plant Transition Plan, dated October 26, 1992.
  3. Communications with applicants, participants, and members of the public will be effective, utilizing auxiliary aids and services such as TDD, sign language, and Braille publications where necessary, and that requests from individuals with disabilities will be given primary consideration.
  4. UAMS will ensure that no threat, intimidation, or coercion will occur for individuals who oppose any act or practice under ADA, who make a charge, who participate in any investigation, or who exercise or encourage others to exercise rights established under ADA.
  1. Individuals, employees, or members of the public who wish to review the UAMS "Self Evaluation," the UAMS "Transition Plan" for physical facilities, or who have general questions regarding the ADA should contact one of the three University officers shown above during normal business hours.

REFERENCE

1 UAMS Procedure 4.4.08