ADA Coordinator/PACDI

Office of the ADA Coordinator

MSU’s Office of the ADA Coordinator facilitates the University’s compliance with its Disability & Reasonable Accommodation, Anti-Discrimination and Web Accessibility policies, as well as the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, Michigan’s Persons with Disabilities Act of 1975, and other laws and regulations prohibiting disability discrimination and harassment.

For more information regarding accessibility, disability discrimination, or disability accommodations, please contact Tracy Leahy, Director of the ADA Coordinator Office & ADA / Section 504 Coordinator.
  • Disability and Reasonable Accommodation Policy

    Disability and Reasonable Accommodation Policy
    The Disability and Reasonable Accommodation Policy prohibits discrimination and harassment against a qualified individual with a disability. The Policy describes the process for seeking reasonable accommodations to ensure equal employment opportunities and equal access to University programs, services and facilities.  

    Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD)
    RCPD leads MSU in maximizing ability and opportunity for full participation by qualified individuals with disabilities. RCPD assesses and documents disabilities, academic and workplace needs, and builds and facilitates individual plans for reasonable accommodations for students, faculty and staff.  

    Office of the ADA coordinator
    The Office designated to coordinate compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as Amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Michigan Persons with Disabilities Act and the University’s Anti-Discrimination, and Disability and Reasonable Accommodation policies. The Office of the ADA coordinator consults with units and individuals regarding accommodation and access concerns, reviews appeals of RCPD decisions from individuals and department/supervisors/faculty and provides training and information on equal opportunity for persons with disabilities.

    President’s Advisory Council on Persons with Disabilities
    The President’s Advisory Committee on Disability Issues was established in 1987 to ensure broad institutional input on matters relating to persons with disabilities of all characteristics at MSU. The Committee is responsible for advising the president on university policies, programs and procedures affecting persons with disabilities in the university community.

  • Digital Content and Web Accessibility Policy

    Digital Content and Web Accessibility Policy
    MSU is committed to facilitating access to university instruction, communication, research and business processes while enhancing community building for the broadest possible audience. The university strives to employ principles of universal design and uses the Web Accessibility Technical Guidelines (WA Technical Guidelines) and standards in the design, implementation, enhancement and replacement of Web content and services. In doing so, MSU aims to improve access to both current and emerging technologies.

    Digital content and accessibility team
    The digital content and accessibility team leads web accessibility initiatives and implementation at MSU. The digital content and accessibility team provides resources and tutorials for accessible web development, course and content development and reviews and evaluations of technology products and software for the MSU community.

    Major Administrative Unit (MAU) web liaisons
    The Web Accessibility Policy liaisons are the primary accessibility representatives for each college and administrative unit. They are familiar with accessibility resources and policy compliance plans.

    Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting
    Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting (UARC) works with clients from business, government, academia and community organizations, and collaborates with faculty and researchers from a variety of disciplines on grants. UARC specializes in accessibility compliance evaluations against international standards, accessibility policy and strategy and user experience methodologies, including usability evaluations, expert reviews, user focus groups, information architecture redesigns and surveys.

    Web access five-year plans
    All Major Administrative Units (MAUs) at MSU are required to submit a five year plan to MSU Information Technology, the Office of General Counsel and the ADA Coordinator. Five-Year Plans are designed to show the process and progress of electronic information technology accessibility in MAUs across campus and are to be vetted, evaluated and approved by MSU's EIT (Electronic Information Technology) Accessibility Review Committee.

    Web access annual self reviews
    In support of MSU’s commitment to digital accessibility and progressing the work of colleges/units under their web accessibility Five-Year Plans, each Major Administrative Unit (MAU) is required to submit an Annual Self-Review. Annual Self-Reviews allow MSU to assess our institutional progress and offer an opportunity for MAUs to report changes in resource commitments, priorities or approach over the course of the year.

    Technical guidelines
    MSU, in its commitment to provide accessible and usable web content to everyone, regardless of ability, has adopted the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 at Conformance Level AA as its official Technical Guidelines. Web accessibility compliance and remediation reports will be required.

    Inaccessible digital content report form
    Content that MSU has created that is not fully accessible to individuals with disabilities can be reported to the digital content and accessibility team through the inaccessible digital content report form.

  • Electronic Information Technology (EIT) Purchasing Policy

    Electronic Information Technology (EIT) Purchasing Policy
    Those involved in purchasing Electronic Information Technology (EIT) for the university should consider the accessibility of such products or services. Units should understand the impact that EIT purchasing and decision-making has on individuals with disabilities in and outside the university. In furtherance of this goal, MSU Information Technology has partnered with MSU Purchasing to take steps during the procurement process to ensure an accessible, usable and integrated experience for all people.  

    Purchasing Department

    Digital Content and Accessibility Team

  • Barrier Free Access Statement

    Barrier Free Access Statement
    MSU is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. In this regard, MSU will continue to create and maintain a physical environment in which at the very least, all programs are “accessible” and if possible, accommodating and user-friendly to persons with disabilities.

    Facilities, Operations, Security

    Barrier Free Committee

    Infrastructure, Planning and Facilities

    Accessibility suggestions form

    Project summary

  • Other Accessibility Resources
  • ADA Forms


    This form is used by students, employees and departments appealing a final determination of the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities to grant or deny an accommodation. Appeals must be filed within 30 calendar days of RCPD’s final determination. Appeals may be filed with the Office of the ADA Coordinator. 

    Reasonable Accommodation Appeal Form (.doc)

    Reasonable Accommodation Appeal Form (pdf)

    Reasonable Accommodation Appeal Form (html)

President's Advisory Committee on Disability Issues (PACDI)