Accommodating Faculty Mental Health Conditions under the ADA

Accommodating Faculty Mental Health Conditions under the ADA

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 | 1:00 PM Central | 60 Minutes

Mental illness affects one in five adults in the United States. It is estimated the rate is even higher within institutions of higher education.

Colleges and universities have more than an ethical responsibility to support colleagues facing mental health issues. Through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), they also have a legal obligation to ensure an equitable workplace for their colleagues.

The ADAís provisions for mental illness present a unique challenge for institutions. Higher education administrators may be required to manage decreased productivity, requests for extensive time off, issues involving alcoholism and addiction, and concerns about whether employees pose a threat to their own or othersí safety.

How can you navigate these delicate situations while adhering to the ADA?

This upcoming seminar, Accommodating Faculty Mental Health Conditions under the ADA, will equip you with the tools to handle these complex and often sensitive matters in a thoughtful and compassionate way while also keeping you in compliance with the ADA.


The ADA requires that institutions provide reasonable accommodations for staff with known mental health disabilities. However, developing a sensitive and ADA-compliant approach to mental illnesses among faculty is no easy feat.

This seminar will provide an overview of how the ADA factors into practical employment challenges as well as tips on how to work through them. Attendees will receive much-needed guidance on the following:

  • How to manage ADA mental health compliance among faculty and staff
  • How and when to discuss mental health accommodations with employees
  • How to avoid some of the most common pitfalls administrators face when trying to adhere to the ADA
  • How to create proactive policies that can be consulted when confronted with accommodation issues

Here is an opportunity to boost your confidence in dealing with these difficult and even painful situations while also remaining in compliance with the ADA.


The difficulty in identifying mental health impairments, combined with the stigmas attached to disclosing or discussing psychiatric conditions, makes managing such issues with employees especially complex.

After an overview of the legal basics of the ADA, this seminar will provide you with the tools and confidence to apply these provisions to real-life situations you may face at your institution.

You will be able to accomplish the following:

  • Explain how the ADA applies to an employee who has a mental health disability
  • Describe the typical accommodations afforded to faculty members who are dealing with mental health disabilities
  • Navigate complicated employment scenarios involving a faculty memberís mental illness while staying in ADA compliance


  • Legal essentials of the ADA for higher education administrators
  • Common, recurring pitfalls faced when managing mental health disabilities in higher education
  • What triggers a duty to discuss accommodations with a faculty member
  • What accommodating a faculty memberís mental illness may (or may not) entail
  • Crafting detailed policies and job descriptions outlining expectations and responsibilities that can be referenced during accommodation conversations
  • Campus resources that can provide guidance and support when tasked with these situations


This seminar is intended for those who are aware of the demands of the ADAís mental health provisions and would like guidance on topics including these:

  • Deans who may be more familiar with ADA compliance and mental health issues among students
  • Department heads and chairs looking for practical advice on complying with the ADA
  • Provosts who are working with faculty and administrators to understand the limits and requirements of the ADA
  • Human resources managers in charge of preparing personnel for navigating the legal and emotional intricacies of the ADAís mental health provisions
  • Disability services management seeking a more comprehensive library of resources for administrators and faculty


This seminar is an opportunity for administrators to receive practical advice on the ADA from an attorney with expertise in higher education compliance.

Register today for a clear and engaging overview of how to compassionately manage mental health issues without running afoul of the ADA.

Purchase Options

Your online seminar package includes:

  • One (1) connection to the live event
  • Downloadable PowerPoint presentations from our speaker
  • On-demand access for 30 days after the seminar airs on 5/17/17
  • CD recording of the seminar
  • Written transcript of the audio
  • Supplemental materials, including discussion guide and critical reflection worksheet
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee

For the live seminar, you can have as many people participate in the program as you like using the single connection by using a large screen, projector, and speakers.

For the on-demand access, connection instructions are sent via email to registrants approximately 30 minutes after the live seminar has concluded. Registrants are allowed to share the access instructions with faculty and staff from their institution to view individually or in groups. There is no limit to how many times the on-demand program is accessed while available.

Group License

With the purchase of the optional Campus Access License (or Group License when ordering online), registrants may take the contents of the program CD & place the information on to a password-protected network, server, or web site for additional staff use. Without the additional Campus Access License, registrants are limited to viewing the program from the program CD once on-demand access has ended.†The Group License option is not for multiple or unlimited staff from an institution to connect & participate in the live online seminar presentation.

Multiple Connections

Additional Connections for other locations or branch campuses can be purchased for $100 per additional connections. Contact Magna Customer Service at 800-433-0499 to add additional connections for the live seminar

Product Code: OC17DA

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