A Message from the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, ADA & Title IX Coordinator
Welcome. In this issue of our Newsletter, we have highlighted several of the EO Office’s resource materials available for Western staff, faculty and students. These include a Temporary Procedure for First Name Changes on Western ID Cards, developed with the Registrar's Office and Western Card Office, and an updated Pre-Employment Inquiry Guide for search committees, developed with Human Resources. The Newsletter also includes information about upcoming activities of the Minority Employee Council and LGBT Advocacy Council, and Western's Sexual Harassment Prevention Training program.
Additionally, we have included a link to new guidance from the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education regarding equal opportunity for students with disabilities. One role of the EO Office is to ensure implementation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide qualified students with disabilities full access to educational and extracurricular activities and programs. The disAbilitiy Resources for Students (DRS) Office provides qualified students with disabilities reasonable accommodations in order to fully access and participate in academic and co-curricular activities across campus. Faculty are required to ensure that accommodations identified by DRS are implemented. Any questions regarding accommodating students with disabilities in the classroom should be directed to DRS staff, who can be reached at x3083.
The Office for Civil Rights, which enforces the Rehabilitation Act, recently issued guidance that reaffirms rights of students with disabilities to participate in athletics and sports. The guidance discusses the need for educational institutions to make reasonable modifications to permit students with disabilities to participate in athletics, while also making clear that non-discriminatory selection requirements for competitive sports need not be changed. An attached summary outlines critical aspects of this new guidance. The EO Office is working with our colleagues in disAbility Resources for Students, Campus Recreation and Athletics to coordinate compliance.
Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity & Employment Diversity