Equal Opportunity

Disabilities Policies

The University’s policy regarding Persons with Disabilities should be reviewed regularly by all members of the UMass Lowell community: Persons with Disabilities Administrative Announcement (pdf)

General Information

If you are a student, employee, applicant or guest, you can request accommodations.

UMass Lowell building accessibility

For disabled parking information, please see Access Services -  Parking Locations.

Additional Information for Students 

To learn about UMass Lowell’s services for students with disabilities or to request an accommodation, contact Student Disability Services, 978-934-4574.

Additional Information for Employees and Applicants

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended in 2008 addresses all employers that have 15 or more employees. For a more specific description of what constitutes an employer, please refer to the Department of Justice website. This Act protects qualified applicants and employees with disabilities from discrimination in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, job training, fringe benefits, classification, referral and other aspects of employment on the basis of disability. The law also requires that sanctioned employers provide qualified applicants and employees with disabilities with reasonable accommodations that do not impose an undue hardship on the institution.

Any applicant may request a reasonable accommodation if he/she is limited in his/her ability to use or access the online application system as a result of a disability. Applicants requesting accommodations should call Human Resources and ask to speak with the staff person who works with applicants.

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, defines a disabled individual, for the purpose of this Act, as any person who (1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of such person's major life activities, (2) has a record of such impairment, or (3) is regarded as having such an impairment. A disabled individual is "substantially limited" if he or she is likely to experience difficulty in securing, retaining, or advancing in employment because of a disability.

It is important for both the employer and the employee to understand that if an employee's disability is not apparent by just looking at the employee, the employer cannot assume that the employee does not have a disability. If an employee has self-disclosed to the employer, this information must be kept confidential by law. 

If you are looking for additional information on employing individuals with disabilities or how to disclose information about a disability, the following is a list of resources:

If you have a concern or complaint related to disability status, you may contact EOO at 978-934-3565, as indicated in the University's policy.

You may contact the following to file a formal complaint at any time:

  • The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
    John F. Kennedy Federal Building
    Boston, MA  02203
    800-669-4000
    TTY: (800) 669-6820
  • The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD)
    One Ashburton Place
    Sixth Floor, Room 601
    Boston, MA  02108
    617-994-6000
    TTY: 617-994-6196
  • Office for Civil Rights
    Boston Office
    U.S. Department of Education
    33 Arch Street, Suite 900
    Boston, MA  02110-1491
    617-289-0111
    TDD: 877-521-2172