No, you do not have to inform your supervisor if your disability does not interfere with your ability to perform your responsibilities. If your condition worsens, you can reserve the right to notify the University at that time. However, if you choose not to disclose your condition, the University will not be aware of any possible accommodations needed.
Frequently Asked Questions
- I am an employee and have been diagnosed with a disability. Do I have to tell my supervisor?
- I am an employee and have been diagnosed with a disability. I need an accommodation to perform my current position. What do I do?
Talk with your supervisor. You can feel comfortable talking with your supervisor without fear of any adverse reaction. If you don't feel comfortable speaking with your supervisor, contact the University ADA Coordinator directly.
During the reasonable accommodation process, you will be asked to complete a Request for Reasonable Accommodation form. Once the form has been completed, the University ADA Coordinator will review the information to determine if your condition qualifies under ADA and if the accommodation is a reasonable request. If additional information is needed, you may be required to have your physician complete a Disability Documentation Form and return to the University ADA Coordinator. You will work closely with the University ADA Coordinator to determine if you qualify for an accommodation; and if so, what that reasonable accommodation may be.
- I am an employee with a qualified disability who was granted a reasonable accommodation. However, my condition has worsened and I need further accommodations in order to perform my job. What do I do?
At any time, if your approved reasonable accommodation(s) is not working, you should notify your supervisor or the University ADA Coordinator for re-evaluation.
- I am a supervisor and one of my employees just notified me that he/she has a disability. What do I do?
If the employee is having difficulties performing his/her job responsibilities, the employee will need to complete the Request for Reasonable Accommodation form. You should then contact the University ADA Coordinator to discuss. Please be aware that it is the University ADA Coordinator's responsibility to review the employee's disability and determine whether a reasonable accommodation is warranted; therefore, do not agree upon a reasonable accommodation until you have spoken with the University ADA Coordinator.
You are also encouraged to contact your local HR representative to discuss your responsibilities.
- I am a student and have a disability. What do I do?
The first step for a student requesting an accommodation(s) is to contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS). You may be required to provide documentation validating your disability. Please visit Student Accessibility Services website for specific information and guidelines.
Next, you should schedule a meeting with a Student Disability Services coordinator to self-disclose your disability and to provide documentation. The documentation will be reviewed and evaluated in order to determine if/what accommodation is warranted.
For additional information, contact:
Student Disability Services
G20 Redfern Health Center, Box 344060
Clemson, South Carolina 29634-4060
Phone: 864-656-6848, Fax: 864-656-6849
- I am a faculty member and a student just informed me that he/she/they has a disability. What do I do?
Ask the student, if he/she/they has registered with Student Accessibility Services. If not, please refer the student to SDS. You should feel comfortable discussing how his/her/their disability affects the student's learning experience to gain a greater understanding of what challenges he/she/they might be facing. Please follow up with SAS to determine the impact on the student's schedule, advising, etc.
Please advise the student that you will need a letter from SDS listing any approved accommodations before you can provide any accommodation.
- I am a visitor to a Clemson University event, and I need special accommodations. What do I do?
Inquiries or request for a reasonable accommodation may be made directly to the office sponsoring the event or to the University ADA Coordinator at the Office of Access and Equity.
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