Workplace Accommodations


Students with paid employment at Harvard who wish to explore reasonable accommodation within their employment should follow the process outlined below for Faculty & Staff.

For academic, housing or other accommodation requests students should contact their Local Student Disability Coordinator (LDC) to initiate the reasonable accommodation exploration process. Please see the LDC List to find your School’s contact person or office.


Harvard University implements exploration of possible workplace reasonable accommodations for faculty and staff with disabilities who request them under the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) (or other applicable disability law).

Under the ADA, a person is considered to have a disability if (1) he or she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity such as, but not limited to, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, performing manual tasks, walking, caring for oneself, learning, or the operation of a major bodily function; (2) has a record of having such an impairment; or (3) is regarded as having such an impairment.

A reasonable accommodation is any change or adjustment to a job or work environment that permits a person with a disability to participate in the job application process, to perform the essential functions of a job, or to enjoy benefits and privileges of employment equal to those enjoyed by staff without disabilities. For example, a reasonable accommodation may include, but is not limited to:

  • acquiring or modifying equipment or devices
  • job restructuring
  • modified work schedules
  • removing readily achievable barriers

The Reasonable Accommodation Process, following the guidelines established by Title I of the ADAAA, is a collaborative and interactive process between the employee, Human Resources, the manager/department head, UDS and/or other subject matter experts.

For additional information regarding this process, please refer to the following:

Individuals wishing to initiate the interactive reasonable accommodation process or receive additional information should contact their local accommodation coordinator (Human Resources Representative or University Disability Services).

To learn more about your local Human Resources contact, please visit Harvard Human Resources at