U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
September 2, 2011
ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY AGREES TO BRING UNIVERSITY RESIDENCE INTO COMPLIANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILTY ACT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Roger Williams University has agreed to make immediate changes to the President’s Residence, commonly referred to as the University Residence, located on its Bristol, R.I., campus, in order to bring it into compliance with Title III of the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) standards for accessibility. An audit by the United States Attorney’s Office identified several areas, inside and outside of the Residence, which are in violation of the ADA.
The President’s Residence is used both as living quarters for the President of the University and for public events.
In response to a complaint received in February 2010, a site visit and accessibility audit was initiated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and completed. The audit identified several areas in non- compliance of the ADA, including, all three public entrances including walkways, steps and patio surfaces; interior doorways; and bathrooms. The audit findings were confirmed in a follow-up site review conducted by the Affirmative Civil Enforcement Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Assistant U.S. Attorney Dulce Donovan, and Danny L. Saccoccio of the Office’s Civil Division.
On Tuesday, Roger Williams University confirmed in a signed Agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office that immediate steps will be taken to bring the University Residence into full compliance with the ADA.
The Department of Justice is responsible for enforcement and implementation of Title III of the ADA, which covers private colleges and universities. Under Title III of the ADA, it is unlawful for a place of public accommodation to discriminate against an individual on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages or accommodations.