South Dakota State University is committed to supporting individuals with disabilities by creating and sustaining an inclusive and accessible environment and university experience for all students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors. Providing optimal accessibility to individuals with disabilities is central to SDSU’s goals of being a premier land grant institution and is inherent in our core values of promoting diversity in our campus community and supporting a people-centered approach to our services and programs. In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, we endeavor in our policies and practices to ensure compliance with these laws and prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities. We also uphold to the ideals of these laws and regulations that individuals with disabilities be granted full participation in all aspects of university life at South Dakota State.
SDSU’s ADA Coordinator guides the university’s efforts to ensure compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations, but to also look beyond compliance toward seamless access for people with disabilities. The role of the ADA Coordinator encompasses the following responsibilities:
- Principal planning coordinator for SDSU programs, policies and procedures relating to compliance and the promotion of accessibility for people with disabilities.
- Maintaining current information regarding state and federal laws and regulations, as well as understanding and communicating best practices on rights and accommodations for persons with disabilities;
- Ensuring University-related information is readily available on services, accommodations, policies, and demographics related to persons with disabilities;
- Providing required notices about ADA/504 requirements;
- Coordinating University information and responsibilities relating to responses to requests for accommodation, employment modifications, and employment policies for employees with disabilities;
- Coordinating University information and responsibilities for responses to University student requests for accommodation;
- Ensures that the appropriate processes are in place to provide for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints and inquiries regarding discrimination on the basis of disability
- Facilitating compliance with the ADA, applicable legislation, and policies regarding campus accessibility issues in collaboration with other offices;
- Providing programming, training, and written material resources on compliance and accessibility to all sectors of the SDSU community
- Student Information
Students with disabilities who would like to receive classroom and other accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Services. The Office of Disability Services is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities so they can succeed in their education and university experience. The office works collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to help create accessible learning environments and create an inclusive university experience for students to engage in all that SDSU has to offer.
- Employee Information
SDSU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to ensure that employees and applicants for employment with qualifying disabilities are afforded seamless access to employment opportunities. The Office of Human Resources works with employees and applicants for employment to organize reasonable accommodations. The office also partners with employees and departments in the interactive process of setting up accommodations.
If you have general questions about the accommodations process, contact the Office of Human Resources at 605-688-4128 or the SDSU ADA Coordinator at 605-688-4033. If you would like to formally begin the process of receiving accommodations, please contact the Office of Human Resources directly.
- Visitor Information
The ADA Coordinator collaborates with other University departments to ensure access for guests and visitors with disabilities at all programs, activities, events, and services. Guests or visitors who are in need of an accommodation to participate in a program, activity, event, or service should first contact the event sponsor, organization, or department as early as possible in advance of the event to allow enough time to arrange the accommodations requested.
Visitors may also contact the ADA Coordinator at 605-688-4033 or at Nadine.email@example.com for additional assistance or guidance.