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Disability Accommodation

Cal Poly supports the employment of faculty and staff with disabilities. When an employee requests accommodation or there is evidence that an employee may need accommodation due to a covered disability, the campus will explore reasonable accommodation options that will allow the employee to perform the essential assigned duties of their position.

Request for Accommodation

If you have a disability or become disabled, and you need an accommodation in the workplace, submit a Request for Accommodation and Medical Certification.

Request for Accommodation ADOBE SIGN
Medical Certification PDF

Cal Poly Human Resources will review your request and medical certification and, in most cases, will engage you and your appropriate administrator in an “interactive process” to discuss possible workplace accommodations. A workplace accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a job, the work environment, or the way in which a job is usually done that enables an individual with a disability, who is otherwise qualified to perform a job, to attain the same level of performance and to enjoy the same benefits and privileges of employment.

The process for requesting and obtaining an employment accommodation is governed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as amended, and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).

Please make all requests early. This process may take several weeks to complete, depending on how soon we receive your information and the necessary documentation from your physician. Please note that all accommodations are individualized based on your disability and the nature of your job. An exploration of possible accommodations is achieved via an initial appointment. HR or Academic Personnel-approved accommodations are reached in consultation with both the employee and the appropriate administrator in their department. We will make every effort to provide a reasonable accommodation for individuals with qualified disabilities; however, it is not always possible for the university to accommodate the employee’s preferred accommodation, and in some cases the university is unable to accommodate an employee’s medical restrictions and functional limitations.

(Rev. July 2021)