ERIC Number: ED416783
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Accommodating Faculty and Staff with Psychiatric Disabilities.
Lee, Barbara A.; Ruger, Peter H.
This pamphlet discusses the legal protections for employees with psychiatric disabilities, and analyzes the decisions of federal and state courts in cases where employees who claimed a psychiatric disorder challenged an employment decision under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, or state law. It suggests ways in which college administrators can accommodate this category of disabilities, and the limits of the college's accommodation process. Section headings include: "What Does the Law Require?"; "What Is a Psychiatric Disability?"; "The Accommodation Process" (which defines who is "disabled," and ability to perform, and discusses the possibility of, reasonableness of, and extent of accommodation); "Workplace Issues Related to Psychiatric Disorders" (attendance and schedule adjustments, performance, workplace misconduct, and off-work misconduct); "How Does an Employee Pursue Claims Under the ADA?"; "Suggestions for Dealing with Faculty with Disabilities"; and "Suggestions for Dealing with Staff with Psychiatric Disabilities". Appended are sections titled "Potential Symptoms of Mental Illness in the Work Place"; "Descriptions of Prevalent Mental Illness" (anxiety disorders, phobias, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder; post-traumatic stress disorder, depressive disorders, major depression, manic-depressive illness/bipolar disorder, dysthymia, and seasonal affective disorder); and "Schizophrenia". (Contains 24 References.) (BF)
Descriptors: Administrator Guides, Behavior Disorders, College Administration, College Faculty, Disabilities, Disability Identification, Discriminatory Legislation, Emotional Disturbances, Employees, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Problems, Higher Education, Investigations, Legal Problems, Mental Disorders, Work Environment
National Association of College and University Attorneys, One Dupont Circle, N.W., Suite 620, Washington, DC 20036; phone: 202-833-8390; fax: 202-296-8379; Internet: www.nacua.org ($12).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Association of Coll. and Univ. Attorneys, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Rehabilitation Act 1973