In accordance with federal law, the Ohio State University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to ensure employees with qualifying disabilities enjoy seamless access to employment opportunities. The Office of Human Resources, Integrated Absence Management and Vocational Services (IAMVS) department, in consultation with the ADA Coordinator’s Office, partners with employees and departments throughout the interactive process.
What is an accommodation?
A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a position, an employment practice, or the work environment that makes it possible for a qualified individual with a disability to perform the essential functions of the position.
Qualifying disabilities under the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA)
A disability is defined as a mental or physical condition that substantially limits a major life activity as compared to most people.
Requesting a workplace accommodation
If you are an employee in need of an adjustment or change to your job for a reason related to a disability:
- Inform an IAMVS Disability Program Manager (DPM).
Phone: (614) 292-3439
Fax: (614) 292-0271
- Complete the Employee Accommodation Request Form.
- Have your health care provider complete the Accommodation Request Medical Certification.
Employing Unit: If an employee makes a reasonable accommodation request to a supervisor, manager, and/or HRP, the request should be forwarded to your unit’s assigned DPM immediately.
Workstation adjustments related to a medical condition
In cases where the request for a workstation adjustment is due to a specific medical reason, it should be reviewed by IAMVS. Not all medical conditions are qualifying disabilities. Requests are handled on a case-by-case basis. Employees should complete the Employee Accommodation Request Form, and return it to IAMVS via fax to (614) 292-0271 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The information provided will be assessed by IAMVS, and a workplace visit will be scheduled as appropriate. All information is kept confidential and is separate from the employee’s personnel file.
If after review by IAMVS it is determined that the request for workstation adjustment is not related to a qualifying disability, the employee should review their request with their supervisor and/or HR representative. In these instances, the decision to purchase equipment is at the discretion of the employee’s department.
Workstation adjustments for non-medical issues
In cases where employees seeking workstation adjustments that are NOT due to a specific medical reason or disability, Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) has implemented an office ergonomics program. Complete the Ergonomic Assessment Request form to request a workstation ergonomic training or for more information go to Occupational Health and Safety Programs and Services or call (614) 292-1284 for further assistance.
Sit/stand desks for preventative/general health reasons
When an adjustable height desk is for preventative/general health benefits, a workplace assessment is NOT required. The decision to purchase the equipment is at the discretion of the employee’s department.
Some points to consider when evaluating a request include:
- Does the employee perform 4 hours or more of computer work throughout the day?
- Is the employee required to continuously remain at the workstation for greater than 2 hours, and is the employee’s ability to move around limited?
- Has the employee tried taking regular breaks from sitting every 20-30 minutes, and has this adversely affected productivity or been unsuccessful
There are two main types of adjustable height desks:
- Desktop conversions, where a device rests on or is clamped to the desk. The computer components are then placed appropriately on the unit. These units are typically easier to install, easier to move (if necessary), and less expensive.
- A full desk replacement, where the standard desk is replaced with one that is height adjustable. Electric or tension driven adjustment methods are recommended. Crank handle or pin height adjustment methods are discouraged. This option provides the user with more workspace, but are typically more expensive.
If you need help in determining the right type of adjustable height desk, visit Ergotron Workfit Finder. (This link is for example purposes only, and does not constitute specific product endorsement).
Assistance with accommodations during the application and interview process
If you are an applicant for employment at the university in need of an accommodation or a department with questions about accommodating an applicant, please contact our office directly.
Students with disabilities
If you are a student with a qualifying disability in need of accommodation in the academic setting, contact the Office of Disability Services.