February 2005

ADA Meeting - February 24th, 2005


Members Present: John Baxter, Amy Bones, Barbara Brock, Bill Hill, Andrea Jahn, Mark Panning, Wade Pearson, Cathy Pedersen, Lennis Pederson, John Pierce, Betsey Reese, Rich Rossi.


Unable to Attend: Andrew Akright, Ann Ryan Haddad, Teresa Lynch, Amy Matthews, Rene Padilla, Rebecca Pettit.


Guests: Deb McAtee


Minutes: January 27, 2005 meeting minutes were approved by Mark Panning and seconded by Betsey Reece.


Amy Bones addressed a draft of a proposed Grievance Procedure relative ADA/Section 504. Rich Rossi recalled that a student handbook instructs students who feel they have been discriminated against because of a disability to contact the Associate Vice President for Student Services. Rich Rossi also agreed to advise the committee responsible for revising the Student Handbook to change the reference in the handbook from "physical disability" to read simply "disability" (in the section entitle Respect for the Dignity of the Person).


The Committee felt that the University harassment and discrimination policy covers grievances of faculty, staff, and guests who are alleging problems or complaints related to disabilities. These procedures are delineated in the University handbook, section 2.2.3. Amy Bones and Bill Hill will work with the Harassment and Discrimination Committee to make certain the committee understands it may need to consider ADA grievances from time to time.


The ADA Committee concluded there was not a need for a separate ADA/Section 504 Grievance Procedure since the grievance could be handled through the Harassment and Discrimination policy or the Respect for the dignity of the Person provision of the Student Handbook. John Pierce reminded members that he is the compliance officer for all complaints and grievances brought by disabled individuals.


Bill Hill asked about the status of the budget for accommodation. The subject will be discussed at the March meeting.


The Committee continued efforts to organize the April 21, 2005 ADA Symposium. The Committee agreed to the symposium agenda. Speakers will be confirmed and announcements about the event will be forwarded to the potential audience.


Meeting adjourned at 10:45 A.M.


The next meeting will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2005 at 9:30 A.M. in the Swanson Hall Technology Room.