The present advisory committee, Commission on the Status of Individuals with Disabilities (COSID), will continue with its present name.

Purpose and Responsibility

In order to align the advisory role of the COSID and the ADA compliance responsibility of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (EOA), COSID 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 in programs, services and activities. COSID will report secondarily to the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President because of that office’s responsibility for the universities programs, services and activities.


COSID advises and assists the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (EOA) regarding its leadership role in promoting and achieving accessible university programs, services and activities. Specifically, COSID will advise and assist EOA regarding its efforts to:

  1. Promote equal access for persons with disabilities in all facets of the universities programs, services and activities; including, any needed efforts to reduce barriers to access.
  2. Give a voice to people with disabilities.
  3. Provide necessary tools for individuals, groups, and departments within the OSU community to spearhead equal access and Universal Design initiatives that address inequities.
  4. Create, revise and/or recommend policies or procedures to be inclusive of people with disabilities.
  5. Collaborate and develop relationships with existing organizations and structures within the university community for the purposes of promoting an environment free of ableism and discrimination.
  6. Design and direct regular assessments on the status of individuals with disabilities.
  7. Advance educational opportunities and professional development open to the OSU community designed to promote equal access for people with disabilities at OSU.
  8. Address the under-representation of people with disabilities and work towards greater campus diversity by focusing on the following topic areas related to students, faculty and staff with disabilities: recruitment, employment, salary equity, promotion, retention, education and overall programmatic access.
  9. Communicate and engage with the university community regarding the committee’s work.

COSID Membership

COSID membership will have the following representation as approved by EOA, and when applicable, with preference for persons with disabilities or experience with the needs of people with disabilities:

  • EOA or its designee will chair and staff COSID committee meetings.
  • Up to 3 Representatives from the Able Student Alliance or other student accessibility advocacy group – Selected by the ASA or other student group – 1 year appointment and eligible for re-appointment.
  • 1 or more representatives from community advocacy groups– Approved by EOA – 1 year appointment and eligible for re-appointment.
  • 1 Representative from ASOSU, preferably the ASOSU Accessibility Affairs Task Force Director or a designee with vested interest in accessibility issues – Selected by ASOSU – 1 year appointment and eligible for re-appointment.
  • 1 Director of Disability Access Services (DAS) or designee.
  • 1 designee of the Provost & Executive Vice President.
  • According to availability and/or the issues being addressed additional representation from units providing university programs, services and activities, including but not limited to: Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Information Services, University Outreach and Engagement, University Relations & Marketing, Human Resources.
  • Up to 3 Faculty/Staff at large – Selected by EOA in consultation with the Faculty Senate – 1 year appointment and eligible for re-appointment.
  • Up to 3 Students at large – Selected by EOA – 1 year appointment and eligible for re-appointment.

Commission Functioning

As a committee advisory to EOA, the intent is that COSID 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.

Recording of Commission Recommendations and Input

The COSID 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.