The present advisory committee, Accessible University Initiative Task Force (AUITF), will be renamed the Accessible University Advisory Committee (AUAC). The change in name reflects the ongoing nature of the committee’s role beyond that of a task force.
In order to align the advisory role of the AUAC and the ADA compliance responsibility of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (EOA), the AUAC will be an advisory committee reporting to the Executive Director of EOA and advising EOA in their leadership role promoting and achieving an accessible university physical environment. AUAC will continue to report secondarily to the Vice President for Finance and Administration because of that office’s responsibility for the physical environment and university financial resources.
AUAC advises and assists the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (EOA) regarding its leadership role in promoting and achieving an accessible university physical environment. Specifically, AUAC will advise and assist EOA regarding its efforts to:
AUAC membership will have the following representation as approved by EOA and when applicable with preference for persons with disabilities or experience with built environment accessibility:
As a committee advisory to EOA, the intent is that AUAC members work collegially and respectfully in a spirit of collaboration to create a committee environment in which members feel safe to voice their views without fear of personal attack or retaliation. The committee’s advice and recommendations will be by consensus when possible. Consensus means everyone either agrees or consents to the advice, recommendation or other input. If consensus is not achieved, the chair will record the range of views of the committee.
EOA and the committee chair will strive to obtain the range of perspectives on the committee while recognizing that circumstances may require EOA to move forward with a decision in a timely fashion.
The chair of the committee is responsible for facilitating the committee process and maintaining decorum so the committee functions effectively.
The AUAC chair will have responsibility to accurately record the recommendations and input of the committee members and provide the committee with meeting minutes or other documents reflecting committee recommendations or input.