How it Works
The Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office (EOC) oversees the University’s Policy on Accommodations. This policy outlines requirements for disability, pregnancy, parenting, and religious accommodations as well as how to request accommodations for employees, students, visitors, and applicants. On average, it takes 30 business days to complete a request. The individual is responsible for requesting the accommodation and submitting required documentation to EOC. The EOC staff will work with the requestor and relevant parties (e.g., supervisors, instructors, etc.) on a need-to-know basis to determine whether a reasonable accommodation can be provided.
Current students and applicants with disabilities and medical conditions who are seeking accommodations related to academics, residences, dining, and extra-curricular campus activities should contact Accessibility Resources and Service (ARS).
If you have any questions, contact our Accommodations team.
After an accommodation has been approved, EOC will continue to be available for support or to consider additional accommodation requests. If the requestor needs to extend the length of time permitted for an accommodation, they should contact the EOC Accommodations Team.
It is important to know that the University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on protected status, including disability. Discrimination under the University’s Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct includes failing to provide reasonable accommodations, consistent with state and federal law, to a qualified person with a disability. EOC also oversees this policy. View more information about the University’s Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct.
The Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office has launched a new online form to better address access concerns across the Carolina campus. Play the video below for step-by-step instructions on using this new tool!
Accommodations for Participants at University Programs, Events, Seminars, or Conferences:
University departments host conferences, seminars, lectures and other events every day that are open to students, employees, and visitors. The Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 require the University to ensure that all sponsored events are accessible to individuals with disabilities. EOC staff or staff in Accessibility Resources and Services can meet with you to address questions you may have as you prepare for your event.
Event sponsors should make every effort to ensure that the activity is scheduled in a University facility that is accessible. Sponsors should begin planning early to ensure that the preferred facility is available on the proposed date of the event. Event sponsors are required to provide services and accommodations for participants who have self-identified as having a disability. Services include (but are not limited to) interpreters and captioning for hearing impaired individuals and note takers and/or tapes for visually impaired individuals. The cost for these services is the responsibility of the event sponsor. Interpreter services for hearing impaired individuals participating in University sponsored activities may be difficult to arrange on short notice. Requests should be made 48 hours in advance of the event.
We also recommend that all event registration information should include a statement that asks participants about accessibility needs such as – “Please let us know as soon as possible if you need any accommodations or services to participate in this event.”
For additional assistance, contact our Accommodations team.
Employees and students working in agencies that require COVID-19 or flu vaccinations may request exemptions. Access the forms.
- The Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office provides accommodations to disabled veterans. To learn more about the resources available to you, please email email@example.com.
- Are you a military veteran employee at UNC? If so, we encourage you to self-identify in ConnectCarolina. You can take this confidential action to help the University secure funding for expanded programs and opportunities. The EOC thanks you for your service to our nation!
Please watch the video below to learn how you can take a few easy steps to complete self-identification.
Steps for Self-Identifying as a Veteran in ConnectCarolina
- Login and select the “Personal Information” tile
- Select “Self-Identify Military Status”
- Scroll down to “Self-Identification”, and select your Veteran status and military discharge date
- Hit the “submit” button when you’re finished
- Americans with Disabilities Training:Through this training, EOC provides employees and supervisors alike with important details about the University’s Reasonable Accommodations in Employment Policy, the process for requesting accommodations, the responsibilities of supervisors who manage employees with accommodations, and helpful resources. The session also provides an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA).
Learn more about ADA Training.
- Custom Training: If existing trainings do not meet your organization’s needs, EOC staff may be able to create custom trainings to address issues related to any protected status and related forms of misconduct, including sexual assault, interpersonal (relationship) violence, workplace violence, and stalking. If you are an office, department, organization, residence hall, or unit, contact EOC for more information at least one month in advance of your proposed training date to discuss your training needs and whether a custom training is a good fit.
Learn more about Custom Training.
- More trainings coming soon! The Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office is developing additional trainings. More information will be available once they are finalized.
Learn more about Education & Awareness.
- Accessibility at UNC: Access our Accessibility at UNC interactive guide for additional resources.
- Student and Applicant Accommodations Policy: Learn more about the ARS Student and Applicant Accommodations Policy.
- Religious Resources: Learn more about religion-related resources and programs available at the University.
- University’s Animals on Campus Policy: Learn more about the University’s policy on assistance animals for individuals with disabilities.
- JAN: The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a resource that provides free and confidential information about workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. JAN’s consultants offer individual guidance on workplace accommodations, as well as the ADA and related legislation. Assistance is provided via phone and online. Visit JAN
- Facilities Services: Contact staff in Facilities Services if you have questions about the accessibility of University buildings.
- Access to Battle Hall, Vance Hall, Pettigrew Hall, and Coates Building: View information about accessing these buildings on campus.
- Disability Language Style Guide: Access a disability language style guide.
- ADA-Related Resources and Programs: View our list of ADA-related resources and programs available throughout the campus community.
Additional questions or concerns about accessibility?Contact our Accommodations Team