The University of Massachusetts Lowell welcomes students, faculty, staff, applicants, and visitors with disabilities. We work to ensure equal access to all of the University's programs and services to all persons of all abilities.
This webpage with related links provides information about access, accommodations, rights, responsibilities, and procedures. Please feel free to explore these pages and reach out to Equal Opportunity and Outreach at 978-934-3565 with any questions or suggestions.
We provide guidelines to help inform all members of the University community about our shared and individual responsibilities and rights. Please see the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Guidelines (Covered Individuals with Disabilities) on the Guidelines and Procedures page.
To learn about UMass Lowell’s services for students with disabilities or to request a student accommodation, contact Disability Services, 978-934-4574.
Any applicant may request a reasonable accommodation if the applicant has a disability-related impairment related to the use or access of the online application system. Applicants requesting accommodations should call Human Resources and ask to speak with the staff person who works with 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.
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, defines a disabled individual, for the purpose of this Act, as any person who:
It is important for the employer or supervisor, and the employee to understand that if an employee's disability is not apparent by just looking at the employee, the employer or supervisor cannot assume that the employee does not have a disability. If an employee has self-disclosed disability status or information, this information must be kept confidential by law.
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. Please see the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Guidelines (Covered Individuals with Disabilities) on the Guidelines and Procedures page.
You may contact the following to inquire about filing a formal complaint at any time: