Americans with Disabilities Act Policy statement relating to covered veterans and individuals with disabilities
The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) is firmly committed, to the extent possible, to providing full access to individuals with disabilities and to covered veterans of the U.S. armed services. (The term "covered" refers to veterans who served in campaigns and those who received any campaign and/or expedition medals.) In so doing, UMMS intends to fully comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, EEOC guidelines, the Veterans' Employment Opportunity Act of 1998 (P.L. 105-339), and UMMS Human Resources policies. Policies and procedures are in place to ensure that covered veterans and individuals with disabilities do not experience discrimination in any way, whether they are applicants, students, staff, faculty, visitors, volunteers, or vendors. The Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office, working in conjunction with the Department of Human Resources and the Student Support Services Office, develops policies, procedures and training programs to ensure that UMMS complies with all applicable federal and state regulations relating to covered veterans and individuals with disabilities. In addition, the Covered Veterans & ADA Subcommittee evaluates policies regarding employees with disabilities and those who are covered veterans, assesses adherence to these policies, and makes recommendations for improvement to the appropriate department(s) and the Chancellor. The Academic Accommodations Committee designs and monitors individual accommodation plans for students with disabilities and makes accommodations in compliance with ADA.