4.5 Disability Access

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Chapter 4: Human Resources

4.5 Reasonable Accommodations

Related Minnesota State Board Policy: 1B.4 Access and Accommodation for Individuals with Disabilities
Related Minnesota State Board Procedure: 1B.4 Access and Accommodation for Individuals with Disabilities Procedure

Purpose:  To define reasonable accommodations policy.

Part 1: Reasonable Accommodations

Reasonable accommodations will be provided as appropriate in accordance with Minnesota State Board's 1B.O.1 Reasonable Accommodations in Employment procedure.  Normandale Community College procedures will also be in accordance with the pertinent state and federal laws.

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Part 2: Encourage Access

It is the policy of Normandale Community College to encourage the employment and promotion of any qualified person, including persons with disabilities.  Please refer to Appendix E, Minnesota State policy 1B.0.1, “Access for Individuals with Disabilities.” 

The college will provide reasonable accommodations directly related to performing the essential functions of a job or competing for a job on the basis of qualifications without regard to a person’s disability.

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Part 3: Non-job Related Personal Needs

Reasonable accommodations will not be provided for non-job related personal needs of individuals, even though the individual or person may be an individual with a disability.

In such cases, questions may arise as to whether the accommodation is personal or job-related. 

The primary factor in evaluating an accommodation’s job relatedness is whether the accommodation specifically assists the person to perform the job, or whether the requested accommodation is primarily to assist the person in daily activities, on and off the job.  In the latter case, a reasonable accommodation is not required.

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Part 4: Reasons for Denial

If Normandale Community College denies employment or advancement in employment based on an individual’s with disabilities inability to perform and declines to make a reasonable accommodation to the physical or mental needs of an employee with a disability or job applicant with a disability to enable the individual to perform the essential functions of the job, it must be demonstrated that:


Subpart A: The accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the college;


Subpart B: The accommodation does not overcome the effects of the person with a disability that prevents performance of the essential job functions; or


Subpart C: The individual with a disability, with or without reasonable accommodations, is not qualified to perform the essential functions of that particular job.

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Part 5: Further Information

Please refer to Minnesota State 1B.01; “Access for Individuals with Disabilities” (Appendix F) for further information.  These procedures are applicable to job applicants with disabilities, employees with disabilities, and employees with disabilities who are seeking promotion.

The ADA compliance officer for employees is Dionne Doering, Chief Human Resources Officer (952-358-8271).

  Policy History:
Date of Adoption:  Established prior to 2011
Date of Implementation:
Date and Subject of Revisions:
Next Review Date:  2014-15
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