Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance
Purdue, like most colleges and universities, made its first serious efforts to create an accessible campus in response to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation act if 1963. These efforts were accelerated upon the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. While the university has complied with the initial requirements of the ADA, creating a truly accessible campus is an ongoing effort.
Physical and Capital Planning works closely with the Office of Institutional Equity, Dean of Students, Human Resources, Space Management and Academic Scheduling, and ITaP to coordinate continuing efforts to make the campus as accessible as possible and to make all Purdue programs available to everyone.
These efforts consist of continually identifying barriers for removal, recognizing cases of non compliance for resolution, responding to the unique needs of specific individuals, and being aware of emerging strategies to enhance accessibility. Many of our design and construction standards can serve as examples of our desire to go beyond the minimum legal requirements and create facilities that serve individuals with disabilities as optimally as possible.
In design of new facilities and renovation projects, compliance with all accessibility provisions of the Indiana Building Code, as well as the latest release of the Americans With Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG), and other best practice strategies will be the goal of the Office of the University Architect and all those involved in the planning and design of facilities for Purdue University.
Purdue's Nondiscrimination Policy Statement:
Purdue University is committed to maintaining a community which recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect among its members; and encourages each individual to strive to reach his or her own potential. In pursuit of its goal of academic excellence, the University seeks to develop and nurture diversity. The University believes that diversity among its many members strengthens the institution, stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas, and enriches campus life.
Purdue University views, evaluates, and treats all persons in any University related activity or circumstance in which they may be involved, solely as individuals on the basis of their own personal abilities, qualifications, and other relevant characteristics.
Purdue University prohibits discrimination against any member of the University community on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or ancestry, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, disability, or status as a disabled or Vietnam era veteran. The University will conduct its programs, services and activities consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and orders and in conformance with the procedures and limitations as set forth in Executive Memorandum No. D-1, providing specific contractual rights and remedies. Additionally, the University promotes the full realization of equal employment opportunity for women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and Vietnam era veterans through its affirmative action program.