UToledo Human Resources

Rocket Restart & ADA Workplace Accommodations FAQs

1. How are qualifying disabilities defined under the ADA?

A person with a "disability" is defined as a person who has or is regarded as having any permanent mental or physical condition that substantially impairs or restricts one or more major life activities.

Such activities include as performing normal tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, working, and learning.

2. Who can complete a request for ADA Reasonable Workplace Accommodations?

    • Individuals seeking accommodations to adhere to the Rocket Prevention Principles, which includes the requirement to wear a facial covering.
    • Individuals with qualifying disabilities as defined under the ADA
    • Individuals requesting a workplace modification or adjustment to their current job
    • Individuals in high risk COVID-19 categories as defined by the Centers for Disease Control

3. What are examples of reasonable accommodations?

Any change to ensure that a qualified individual with a disability can perform the essential functions of the job and enjoy equal employment opportunities. Accommodations can involve changes to the application process, hiring process, the way a job is done, or a change to the work environment to remove a workplace barrier.

4. I'm immune-compromised and/or have underlying health conditions that place me at high risk for COVID-19 related complications, can I apply for an ADA workplace accommodation?

Yes. You may begin the application process by completing the online Request Form. Applications will be processed once supporting medical documentation or the Medical Certification Form is submitted. The Office of EOAA or FLRAIO will then review the request to identify reasonable workplace accommodations.

5. What type of facial coverings are required at UToledo?

Beginning Friday, May 1, 2020 all University of Toledo employees, including faculty and staff, are required to wear a facial covering at all times while at the University of Toledo. The facial covering must at minimum be cloth or fabric and cover the employee's mouth, nose, and chin.

The University is taking steps to ensure we are providing a safe campus environment during the COVID-19 health crisis. According to the CDC, facial coverings help to slow the spread and transmission of the virus.

6. How do I apply for a non-medical facial covering waiver/exception?

Non-medical reasons are permissible when: (1) it is against documented industry best practices, (2) it’s prohibited for a specific position by law or regulation, or (3) it is a violation of a company’s safety policy.  If any of these exceptions apply, written justification must be provided and employees can apply using the ADA Request Form and include supporting  documents or submit a completed Medical Certification Form.


Last Updated: 10/14/20