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Human Resource Services

Northern Illinois University is committed to the promotion of a positive and supportive employment environment for all qualified individuals with a disability. In accordance with this commitment, the provisions contained in the university policy, Title I and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 as amended, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, NIU will provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals with a qualified disability who can perform the essential duties of the job with or without reasonable accommodations unless such accommodations would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the university. The final decision regarding reasonable accommodations is at the sole discretion of the university.

Employment and academic decisions that are based solely upon an employee or student's physical or mental disability is prohibited by NIU's Non-Discrimination/Harassment Policy and Complaint Procedures for Employees and Students. Retaliation (as defined by the policy) is also considered unlawful and is prohibited by the policy. Any employee or student who experiences and/or witnesses possible acts of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of a disability has the right and responsibility to report this activity to the applicable university administrator or to Affirmative Action and Diversity Resources (AADR) immediately. All complaints and/or allegations of discrimination will be examined carefully and may result in corrective action being taken. For more information regarding this form of prohibited conduct and the complaint process, please consult the Non-Discrimination/Harassment Policy and Complaint Procedures for Employees and Students and applicable appendices located at www.hr.niu.edu.

Northern Illinois University will take reasonable steps to ensure that all qualified employees and applicants are treated fairly and equitably, regardless of any physical or mental impairment. The University reserves the right to request verification of an individual's disability. The University will make a reasonable accommodation to all qualified individuals to allow them to perform the essential functions of the job, unless the accommodation(s) results in an undue hardship or places the employee and/or others at substantial harm.

How do I know if I am protected by the ADA?

To be protected, you must be a qualified individual with a disability. This means that you must have a disability as defined by the ADA. Under the ADA, you have a disability if you have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity such as hearing, seeing, speaking, thinking, walking, breathing, or performing manual tasks. You also must be able to do the job you want or were hired to do, with or without reasonable accommodation.

The ADA protects you from discrimination in all employment practices, including: job application procedures, hiring, firing, training, pay, promotion, benefits, and leave. You also have a right to be free from harassment because of your disability, and an employer may not fire or discipline you for asserting your rights under the ADA. Most importantly, you have a right to request a reasonable accommodation for the hiring process and on the job.

What is a "reasonable accommodation"?

A reasonable accommodation is any change or adjustment to a job, the work environment, or the way things usually are done that would allow you to apply for a job, perform job functions, or enjoy equal access to benefits available to other individuals in the workplace.

How do I request a reasonable accommodation?

Call NIU's ADA Coordinator at 815/753-8510


Need more information?

Please call our Service Center at 815-753-6000 and ask to be connected to one of our HR associates.