ATMU Policy # 18 Disability Equality

1. Disability equality statement

American Tech and Management University, Inc. (ATMU) is committed to promote disability equality, to eliminate unlawful discrimination in all programs, services and activities and to work towards ensuring that all ATMU staff and students with disabilities realize their potential. ATMU values the diversity of our staffs and student population and is committed to fully comply with all federal and state regulations regarding disability equality as well as to ensure that the standard of equality and diversity are maintained.

2. Definition of Disability

Per the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA),

“An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment.”

The definition of “disability” is defined by The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) includes physical and mental disability:

(a) Physical disability Physical disability includes having any physiological disease, disorder, condition, cosmetic disfigurement or anatomical loss, or having a record of such impairment, or being regarding as having or having had such an impairment, that:

  • affects one or more body systems (neurological, immunological, musculoskeletal, special sense organs, respiratory, speech organs, cardiovascular, reproductive, digestive, genitourinary, hemic, lymphatic, skin and endocrine); and
  • limits a major life activity without regard to mitigating measures, such as medications, assistive devices, prosthetics or reasonable accommodations; or
  • requires special education or related services for any other health impairment.

(b) Mental disability Mental disability includes any mental or psychological disorder, such as mental retardation, organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, and specific learning disabilities that limit a major life activity, or having a history of such impairment or being regarded as having or having had such an impairment. Mental disability includes any mental or psychological disorder or condition that requires special education or related services. Mental disability does not include sexual behavior disorders, compulsive gambling, kleptomania, pyromania or current unlawful drug use.”

3. Responsibility

All ATMU staff and students have a responsibility to ensure the compliance and enforcement of all federal and state law as well as this policy by:  Preventing harassment and discrimination.  Bringing to the attention of the University any suspected practices in violation of the policy.  Ensuring that selection for recruitment, promotion, training and work allocation, is carried out in a nondiscriminatory manner.  Ensuring that selection for admission and assessment of students is carried out in a non-discriminatory manner.  Working together to promote a harmonious working and studying environment and eliminating discrimination and harassment.

4. ATMU Facilities

ATMU is committed to renting campus facilities which are disability friendly and are in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These facilities will provide special facilities such as parking, restrooms, an elevator, etc. for disabled people.

5. Activities involved with disability equality at ATMU

Recruitment and Selection

All stages of recruitment and selection will be conducted in accordance with our Recruitment and Selection Policy and Procedure. All staff who serve on appointments committees will receive mandatory training and support.

Induction

All staff will take part in induction programs tailored to their needs.

Probation

Probation procedures for new staff will reflect the principles contained in this Policy.

Promotion

Opportunities for promotion will be openly advertised. Promotion procedures will be based on an objective assessment of candidates against published criteria.

Staff development

Staff at all levels and in all areas of work will have an equal right of access to the training and development they need. Uniform and equitable criteria will be applied, and the value of the provision to the individual and the institution will be monitored. We will seek to avoid perceived imbalances in the allocation of resources for training and development.

Disciplinary and grievance procedures

Staff members who believe that they have been discriminated against by virtue of their membership of an under-represented group in any disciplinary or grievance procedure will be encouraged to pursue the matter in accordance with the spirit of this Policy. We will routinely monitor all actions under the grievance and disciplinary procedures by disability.

Student recruitment

We are committed to promoting access to higher education to under-represented and socially excluded communities. Admissions practices will be free from unlawfully discriminatory criteria. Questions relating to the applicant’s disability will not be part of the selection process.

Equality and Diversity: learning and teaching

We are committed to ensuring that all students, both actual and potential, enjoy equality of opportunity and are free from any experiences of any form of discrimination whether direct, indirect or through victimization. We recognize that the content of our academic programs helps to inform our students’ belief in our commitment to disability. We will seek to ensure that all programs promote equality with respect to disability. We will make all reasonable adjustments to ensure that courses are accessible and students with disabilities can participate fully.

Reasonable adjustment/ accommodate

When necessary and in full compliance with the ADA, ATMU will make reasonable accommodations to assist staff and students with disabilities so that they participate fully in program. Reasonable accommodations include, but not limited to, working part-time, special equipment, special staff or assistance, time-off for hospital appointments, physical exercise exemptions, etc. Each accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis after a proper request has been filed by the staff member of student.

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