Qualified students with Disabilities are entitled to equal access in all programs. Consistent with necessary and legitimate academic programs, they may not be excluded from any legitimate academic requirements; they may not be excluded from a course, course of study or other educational program or activity; nor may the university impose on them rules that have the effect of limiting participation.
Reasonable adjustments/modifications may be required as necessary to provide equal access in order to prevent discrimination. Tests must measure the student's achievement, not his/her impaired sensory, manual or speaking skills (except when that skill is the factor being measured). The university may need to inquire whether an accommodation in the student's physical environment would permit continued participation in the program. Substantial modifications are not required (e.g. the university is not mandated to modify requirements essential to the program of instruction or directly related to any licensing requirement).
The University is responsible for:
- Compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and Section 202 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended
- Informing students of services available for disabled students
- When requested, the DRC will provide written verification relative to the student's eligibility to receive reasonable accommodations.
- Evaluating the information provided by the appropriately credentialed professional to determine eligibility and reasonable accommodations.
- Keeping the information regarding the student's disability confidential unless the student signs a release of information form
- Maintaining the academic integrity of its programs
The student is responsible for:
- Submitting required documentation before requesting any accommodation
- Any costs associated with obtaining the required documentation for verification of disability
- Making reasonable and timely disclosures and requests for accommodations as well as confirming the arrangements for accommodations and/or auxiliary aids
- Notifying the DRC of any concerns they may have regarding equal access
- Following the institutional appeal process before filing a complaint with the EEOC Title IX Office
EEOC Title IX Office responsibilities
The EEOC Title IX Office is responsible for:
- Serving as the 504/ADA Compliance Officer for the campus
- Overseeing compliance with state and federal regulations
- Consultation relative to complaints of discrimination or noncompliance at any time
The President of the university, who is ultimately responsible for determining disability-related accommodations, has assigned the DRC the authority for making decisions regarding accommodations necessary to provide equal access on behalf of the university.
The Disability Resource Center (DRC) is responsible for the coordination of services to students with disabilities as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section 202 of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The DRC also has the responsibility for determining the appropriate accommodations and coordination of services based on current academic standards and requirements to ensure and uphold academic integrity.