Overview of the ADA
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 (ADA), as amended, 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, while looking 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