Disability Information

Information to Know about the Law and University Policy

It is the policy of Tennessee State University (“TSU” or “University”) to provide equal access to education and employment to all, regardless of disability. TSU fully complies with all laws, orders, regulations and policies promulgated for promoting and ensuring equal opportunity for persons who may have a disability, including the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Under TSU Procedure No. 6.6.1, it is the expressed policy of the University that discrimination or harassment based upon a disability is prohibited. If an applicant for employment, employee, student, or applicant for admission believes s/he has been discriminated against or harassed because they have a disability, they should contact the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) at 615-963-7435 or visit our office in the McWherter Administration Building, Suite 260.   

Americans with Disabilities Act
The Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment in state and local governments, several different types of businesses and public institutions such as TSU.

To be protected by the ADA, one must have a disability or have a relationship or association with an individual with a disability. 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 ADA does not specifically name all of the impairments that are covered.

Title I of the ADA requires employers with 15 or more employees to provide qualified individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to benefit from the full range of employment-related opportunities available to others. For example, it prohibits discrimination in recruitment, hiring, promotions, training, pay, social activities, and other privileges of employment. It also restricts questions that can be asked about an applicant's disability before a job offer is made.

The ADA also requires that employers and entities that received federal financial assistance make reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities, unless it results in undue hardship. At TSU, reasonable accommodations have been and will continue to be made to the extent possible for qualified disabled personnel. These accommodations are applicable to all phases of employment including recruitment, hiring, transfer, and training.

If a qualified applicant or qualified employee with a disability desires a reasonable accommodation at TSU, he or she should complete the Reasonable Accommodation Form, and then contact the Director of OEI at 615-963-7435.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

The Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disabilities in programs receiving federal financial assistance. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act states that "no qualified individual with a disability in the United States shall be excluded from, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under" any program or activity that receives Federal financial assistance. As a recipient of federal funds, TSU is governed by Section 504.

Under Section 504, qualified students may not be given different benefits or services in a program on the basis of disability. This includes issues of access to programs and facilities as well as academic adjustments or accommodations for students with disabilities.  

The Office of Disabled Student Services coordinates university-wide services available to students with disabilities. If a student desires accommodations, they should contact the Director of Disabled Student Services at 615-963-7400 for information about that office’s services. 

In an effort to ensure that all employees that need reasonable accommodations in fact receive them, the University periodically gives currently employed disabled persons, including disabled veterans, with an opportunity to identify themselves such as. The OEI is requesting that employees complete the Voluntary Employee Self-Identification Disclosure Form. Please note that employees are not required to complete the form.

There are several ways to submit your form once completed. Completed forms can be brought directly to the OEI located in Suite 260 of the McWherter Administration Building. You also have the option of submitting the form to our office via Campus Mail at Box Number 9592, by fax to 615-963-7463, or you can send the form by e-mail to tcox9@tnstate.edu or jharri11@tnstate.edu.

Employees who seek reasonable accommodations due to a disability should contact the OEI. Please access the Reasonable Accommodations form for more information and to begin the process.

At TSU, we strive to maintain a workplace and educational environment that is welcoming for everyone. Sensitivity toward people with disabilities makes good business sense. When supervisors and co-workers use disability etiquette, employees with disabilities feel more comfortable and work more productively. Read more about best practices when working with individuals with disabilities.

Reasonable accommodations for employees have been and will continue to be made to the extent possible. If a qualified disabled applicant or employee desires reasonable accommodations, they should contact the OEI at

Reasonable Accommodation Request Form

If a student desires accommodations, they should contact the
Office of Disability Services.






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