The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. In this regard, the university provides reasonable accommodations to staff and faculty who are qualified individuals with disabilities to enable them to perform the essential functions or duties of their positions, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship for the University.
The term disability is broadly defined under the above laws and includes but is not limited to:
- Learning, psychological or developmental disabilities
- Physical impairments, infirmities, malformations or disfigurements
- Visual or hearing impairments, speech impediments, AIDS, HIV infection, sickle cell trait, and other atypical hereditary cellular blood traits
In order to request an accommodation for a disability, staff and faculty must inform their supervisors or department chairpersons, as appropriate, or the Disabilities Specialist in the Office of Employment Equity. The request may be made by the employee or a family member in person, via phone, email or fax. In addition, a request may be made by submitting a completed Accommodation Request Form.
The Office of Employment Equity (OEE) is responsible for overseeing and coordinating requests for accommodation received from individuals with disabilities with regard to staff and faculty positions. OEE’s services include consulting on compliance with applicable laws and providing resources. For example, OEE can advise a supervisor as to a response to a request for accommodation (e.g., how to engage in the interactive process to clarify what the employee needs). OEE has established Guidelines for Disability Accommodations and forms for the use by staff and faculty when making a request for accommodation.
Staff and faculty who may need an accommodation based on a disability are urged to contact:
Office of Employment Equity
Tel: (848) 932-3973
Fax: (732) 932-0049
Contact via Email