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Office of Institutional Equity

ADA Compliance

Johns Hopkins University is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors with disabilities. Consequently, we work to ensure that students, employees and visitors with disabilities have equal access to university programs, facilities, technology and web properties.

What is ADA Compliance?

The Americans with Disabilities Act, its amendments, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act mandate an equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities. In compliance with these laws, the Disability Services program within the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) coordinates continuing efforts to make the campus and infrastructure accessible and to make JHU programs available to everyone. The ADA Compliance Officer within the OIE oversees the coordination of reasonable accommodations for graduate students and employees with disabilities, and serves as the central point of contact for information on physical and programmatic access at the University. The ADA Compliance Officer is available to address questions and concerns related to any accommodation issue from employees, managers, HR professionals and faculty members, and can also provide training on a variety of disability-related topics.

How is disability defined?

Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, a person is considered to have a disability if (1) he or she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (such as hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, performing manual tasks, walking, caring for oneself, learning, or concentrating); (2) has a record of having such an impairment; or (3) is regarded as having such an impairment class.

What is an Accommodation?

A reasonable accommodation is a modification or change in the academic atmosphere, workplace, or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal opportunity to a student or employee with a disability. Examples of reasonable accommodations may include, but are not limited to: acquiring or modifying adaptive equipment, extended time for test-taking, job restructuring, modified schedules, providing note-takers or interpreters, removing readily achievable physical barriers, and providing paid or unpaid leave.

** OIE does not review or process requests for medical exceptions for vaccine mandates. Occupational Health Services processes employee requests for medical exceptions for vaccine mandates, and Student Health and Wellness processes student requests for medical exceptions for vaccine mandates. If you wish to submit proof of your COVID-19 vaccination or request a medical exception for the COVID-19 vaccine requirement, please do so via the University’s Vaccine Management System (VMS) that will launch on July 1, 2021. The VMS will be accessible via the myJH portal when it goes live on July 1.


Accommodations for Students

In assuring that every student has equal access to university programs, facilities and technology, JHU is committed to full compliance with all laws, regulations and best practices related to accommodations for students with disabilities. Graduate Students are encouraged to review JHU procedures and policies on this website -- and to contact their school's disability coordinator or the Office of Institutional Equity with more questions.

Accommodations for Faculty or Staff

Johns Hopkins University is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees, including those with disabilities. Consistent with its obligations under Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008, the University provides reasonable workplace accommodations to qualified employees with disabilities.

ADA Compliance Policies

The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status in any student program or activity, or with regard to admission or employment. JHU works to ensure that students, employees and visitors with disabilities have equal access to university programs, facilities, technology and web properties.

Information for Faculty

OIE is available to come to any department meeting to do presentations on working with students with disabilities. For more information or to schedule a session for your department, please email us.

Request for Exception to Tuition Grant Eligibility Criteria on Basis of Dependent’s Disability

JHU’s Office of Benefits Services considers requests to the age and/or credit hour tuition grant eligibility criteria when an otherwise eligible dependent cannot meet the criteria due to a disability.

  • Employees requesting an exception must submit documentation online or in writing of the dependent’s disability to Disability Services in the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE).
  • OIE reviews the documentation and provides a recommendation to Benefits Services as to whether it is sufficient to establish the need for an exception on the basis of a disability.
  • Documentation is maintained confidentially in OIE and is not shared with Benefits Services. If an exception is granted, tuition grant eligibility is still limited to eight semesters of undergraduate study.

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