University of Connecticut Committee on Access and Accommodations
The University of Connecticut is committed to providing equal educational and employment opportunities and achieving full participation for all members of the University community, including persons with disabilities. The University of Connecticut Committee on Access and Accommodations will focus on assuring that the University as a whole is positioned to meet this goal, including regional campuses, the School of Law, and the School of Social Work. The Committee’s primary focus is to promote ongoing assessment and awareness of goals, needs, and requirements related to access and accommodations at the University. It will consider a range of compliance issues with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its amendments and other legislation related to disabilities and accommodations. It serves to facilitate coordination across all of the units and offices that have a role in assuring appropriate access and accommodation in University services and activities. The Committee also serves to continuously improve the University’s efforts to ensure equal access and provide reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities by identifying best practices and developing approaches to implement them, and devising and facilitating solutions to problems.
Discrimination Complaint Procedures
The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) encourages all members of the University community to partner in ensuring an environment free of discrimination at all University-related activities and in the working and learning environment. The University forbids all forms of disability discrimination, including the failure to provide reasonable accommodations and discrimination or harassment based on physical or mental disabilities. To that end, incidents of discrimination or discriminatory harassment (including disability discrimination, and failure to provide a reasonable accommodation) by University employees should be reported to OIE at (860) 486-2943 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. To facilitate the internal resolution of complaints, OIE encourages persons needing to file a complaint to complete a Discrimination and/or Discriminatory Harassment Complaint Form as soon as possible. For information regarding the discrimination complaint process, please review OIE’s complaint procedures and flow chart regarding its process, which can be found on OIE’s Discrimination webpage. Additionally information about reporting complaints of discrimination and/or discriminatory harassment can be obtained by calling a member of OIE at (860) 486-2943 or by contacting the University’s ADA Coordinator:
Elizabeth Conklin, J.D.
ADA Coordinator, Associate Vice President
Office of Institutional Equity (OIE)
241 Glenbrook Rd., Unit 4175
Storrs, CT 06269
Tel: (860) 486-2943
Civil Rights Enforcement Agencies
The U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces several Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities that receive financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education. OCR is also responsible for Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 which prohibits disability discrimination by all public entities.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces Federal laws prohibiting discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, sex, pregnancy, genetic information, religion, national origin, age, or disability, as well as retaliation protections for persons complaining of discrimination or participating in the investigation of discriminatory activity. These laws prohibit discrimination in the job application and hiring process, and in the context of terminations, promotions, trainings, wages, or any other terms, privileges or conditions of employment.
The Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) enforces state laws prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and credit transactions. The mission of the CHRO is to eliminate discrimination through the enforcement of civil and human rights laws and to further the goals of equal opportunity and justice for all persons within the state through advocacy and education. Connecticut law provides protections against discrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, color, race, criminal record, genetic information, disability, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or workplace hazards to reproductive systems, as well as retaliation protections for whistleblowers and persons complaining of discrimination or participating in the investigation of discriminatory activity.
The U.S. Department of Labor administers a variety of federal labor laws including those that guarantee workers’ rights to safe and healthful working conditions, a minimum hourly wage, and overtime pay. The Department of Labor is also responsible for enforcing comprehensive federal labor laws in areas such as record keeping, youth and special employment, family and medical leave, migrant workers, lie detector tests, protections in certain temporary worker programs, and the prevailing wages for government service and construction contracts. The Connecticut Department of Labor is responsible for a number of state labor programs, including unemployment insurance, wage and workplace standards, and the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act.
For more information about other entities that enforce state and federal non-discrimination laws, please go to the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the U.S. Department of Justice or to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.