Self-identification survey

Author: 
Mary Opperman

This past week, Vice President Mary Opperman sent the following message to all Cornell faculty and staff about a disability and veterans self-identification survey:

Dear Colleagues,

Since 2004, Cornell University has holistically addressed the needs and interests of its students, faculty, and administration/staff with disabilities in three ways, by: 1) incorporating disability matters into the university’s institutional diversity planning; 2) implementing a long-term disability access management strategic plan to increase accessibility of the university’s Ithaca campus and programs; and 3) including the needs of individuals with disabilities in the university’s overall work/life strategy.

This year, as part of a series of new federal affirmative action regulations, we are inviting you to voluntarily participate in our Affirmative Action Program by reporting your status as an individual with a disability. For clarification, a "person with a disability" includes, but is not limited to, individuals with a physical or cognitive impairment, mental health condition, chronic health condition (such as heart disease or diabetes), or a vision or hearing impairment.

As we extend this invitation, please keep in mind: (a) you are under no obligation to respond, but may do so at any time if you choose to via Workday; (b) responses will remain confidential within the Human Resources Department; and (c) responses will be used only for the necessary information to include in our Affirmative Action Program.

Below is a link to this invitation to self-identify, which should only take a couple minutes to complete. The survey will close on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

https://www.hr.cornell.edu/employee/disability_survey.cfm

If you are interested in learning more about Cornell’s commitment to supporting students, faculty and staff with disabilities, please refer to http://disability.cornell.edu/ or contact one of the university’s Americans with Disability Act coordinators: Alan Mittman (alm63@cornell.edu), Andrea Haenlin-Mott (ah45@cornell.edu), or Kappy Fahey (kf75@cornell.edu).

Regards,

Mary Opperman
Vice President, Human Resources and Safety Services