I. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: It is the policy of the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) that all campus events opened to the public are accessible to attendees with disabilities, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and equivalent state and federal laws.
II. CAMPUS CONTACT: All questions concerning this policy should be referred to the Disability Support Services Office, Nigh University Center Room 305, (405) 974-2516.
III. DEFINITION: Public events are events that are open to community members who are not students or employees of the campus. Such events include, but are not limited to, theatre and music performances, athletic events and camps, gallery exhibits, seminars and colloquiums, and graduation ceremonies.
IV. DISSEMINATION: Materials announcing public events should state that the event is accessible, and that special accommodations may be made for people with disabilities. Announcements of public events should include a statement similar to this:
Wording for public events:
Persons who, because of a special need or condition, would like to request an accommodation should contact (insert event sponsor name and contact number) as soon as possible, but no later than 72 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
V. FUNDING: The sponsor of the event is responsible for receiving requests for access accommodations, and for arranging for funding of disability accommodations. Advice and assistance may be requested from the Disability Support Services Office at 405-974-2516, Office of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action at 405-974-3377, Facilities Management at 405-974-2247, and/or Parking at 405-974-2780.
VI. OTHER COMPLAINTS: This policy also does not prohibit a timely filing of an ADA or discrimination complaint with the appropriate external governmental agency (OCR, EEOC, DFEH, etc.)
VII. RETALIATION: Retaliation against an event participant for filing a disability accommodation request, or for filing a complaint or an appeal with the Office of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, is prohibited.