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August 25, 2020: Request Accommodations Through ADA

Communication from Ray Lauber, director of Human Resources

August 25, 2020

Dear ESU Faculty + Staff,

In the past weeks, I have shared with you two ways you can request accommodations in the ESU work environment based on the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA. Both of these abbreviated approaches were simple, concise processes to request accommodations. And both required proof from a health care professional that you as the employee have a medical condition listed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that carries a higher risk of complications if you contract COVID-19.

These two accommodations requests were for:

  1. Faculty who wanted to move their classes online; and
  2. Staff who wanted to work from home or a flexible work schedule.

Today, I want to remind you that the ADA remains available for employees who believe they should have job accommodations, even if COVID-19 were not an issue. Examples of reasonable accommodations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, include, but are not limited to, making existing facilities accessible; job restructuring; part-time or modified work schedules; acquiring or modifying equipment; changing tests, training materials, or policies; and providing qualified readers or interpreters. Accommodations are based upon the individual needs of our employees, the diagnosed disability, and the requirements of the job.

View Emporia State’s full ADA policy. If you need to request a work accommodation that does not fall under the two abbreviated accommodation processes specifically created for the COVID-19 pandemic, the first step is to complete the online General ADA Request Form.

Below my signature is a list of all COVID-related communication about work policies, with links to find them online. If you have any questions, please reach out to


Ray Lauber

Director of Human Resources, Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity Officer