University of Kentucky

Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity

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The University of Kentucky's Strategic Plan outlines a commitment to a diverse workplace and learning community, a distinguished faculty and staff, and an increasingly higher caliber of student. This dream drives the challenge of providing quality educational and occupational opportunities for everyone, especially qualified individuals with disabilities. The University is dedicated to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified students, employees, and all those with disabilities participating in its programs and services. This is done in accordance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (external link), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) (external link), and as detailed in the University of Kentucky Affirmative Action Plan (PDF).


If you are a UK student and need reasonable accommodation, you should contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) (website). Associate Dean of Students and Director, Jake Karnes and the DRC staff are available to answer questions, review medical documentation, and arrange services for all qualified students admitted to the University of Kentucky.

     Disability Resource Center
     Room 2, Alumni Gym
     (859) 257-2754

Faculty and Staff:

If you are a qualified UK Faculty member or staff employee with a disability you may request reasonable accommodation from your supervisor, chair, dean, or the Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity by completing a Reasonable Accommodation Form. The form can also be found at under ADA Accommodation Request Form. You may also contact the Office directly at (859) 257-8927 or

If you have questions about your rights under the ADA, whether you are a qualified individual with a disability, or the documentation required to establish that status, you should contact the Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity. Individuals, supervisors, or an individual with their supervisor may schedule an appointment to determine eligibility and the reasonable, effective accommodation(s) that would enable the individual to successfully do the essential functions of their position.

Individuals requesting accommodation may be required to provide medical documentation regarding the disability and requested accommodation. Medical information provided, will be maintained in the Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity, separate from personnel files, and is strictly confidential. Only information related to the provision of reasonable accommodation or information necessary to address safety issues in the work setting will be released to supervisors.

Supervisors and Administrators:

How do you determine if accommodation requests are appropriate and effective? What is reasonable? Do you know what resources are available to UK employees and how they qualify for them? If you want to know more about ADA compliance or have questions about individual requests, you should contact the Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity for more information. Individual consultations and training sessions for groups of all sizes are available.

Applicants for Employment:

If you are interested in employment opportunities at the University of Kentucky and require reasonable accommodation during the application process, contact Human Resources at (859) 257-9555.

Participants in Programs and Services:

We encourage anyone requiring reasonable accommodation for participation in any program or service offered by the University of Kentucky to contact the event sponsor well in advance of the event for details on arranging services. Attention should be paid to directions provided in program material regarding deadlines established for timely requests.

Comments, questions or inquiries relating to physical access, web access, reasonable accommodation, or requests for information related to the University of Kentucky's compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or the UK Affirmative Action Plan should be directed to the ADA Compliance Coordinator, Assistant Vice President:

     Patty Bender
     Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity
     13 Main Building
     (859) 257-8927