107.4 Students with Disabilities
|Created by: Pat Teague on 4/25/2000|
|Category: 1 - Academic Affairs; 00 - General|
|Current File: 107.4|
|Adoption Date: 4/6/2000|
|Reviewed for Currency: 4/6/2000|
|Replaces File: 107.4|
|Date of Origin: 2/10/1982|
|In Archive? Yes|
107.4 Students with Disabilities
Furman University desires to make its programs and facilities accessible to all students, employees, spectators, participants, and visitors. To aid in ensuring accessibility and compliance with the law, a task force on students with disabilities was established in 1998 to review and update the existing policy on accessibility and to make recommendations for implementation guidelines.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Furman University will not discriminate against any person on the basis of a disability. Furthermore Furman University is committed to providing equal access to university programs and facilities to all qualified students regardless of disability, as well as providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment regardless of disability. The guidelines relating to employees and applicants are found in File 832.1. In providing equal access for students, the university will not discriminate in admissions on the basis of disability. The university will provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations to enrolled students with disabilities to ensure equal access to the academic program and to university administered activities.
1. The legal definition of a person with a disability is a person who:
Physical or mental impairments may include, but are not limited to, mobility/orthopedic impairments, visual impairments, hearing impairments, speech impairments, specific learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, psychological disabilities, neurological impairments, traumatic brain injury, or chronic medical conditions such as cancer, diabetes, or AIDS.
2. Generally, if a student with a disability desires an accommodation, it is the student's responsibility to identify himself or herself as having a disability and to make a formal request for appropriate accommodations. To do this, the student contacts the university's Disability Services Coordinator, completes a "request for accommodation" form, and submits the required documentation that verifies the disability and identifies the student's functional limitations. Since the process of providing accommodations involves assessing the student's needs, determining a reasonable accommodation, and coordinating implementation of the accommodation, accommodation requests must be submitted in a timely manner. Suggested timeframes are described in the procedural guide available from the Disability Services Coordinator.
3. The Disability Services Coordinator will submit the student's documentation to a university-designated professional with appropriate expertise who will determine whether it provides all required information and whether it supports the student's request for accommodation under ADA. If this review indicates that the student has a disability and an accommodation is appropriate under ADA, then the designated professional will determine the nature of the accommodations that would provide equal access to the academic program and university-administered activities. Recommendations for accommodations in the student's documentation will be considered, but the designated professional is not obligated to include any or all of these recommendations in the list of accommodations that the university will provide. When requests involve academic accommodations within a course or within a student's degree program, the designated professional will determine the nature of the accommodations that would be appropriate for providing equal access, and faculty will determine on behalf of the university whether or not the proposed academic accommodations would constitute a substantial alteration to an essential element of the educational program (see C3a, C3b, and C3c below). Students who feel they have a right to an accommodation and this has not been granted from the university-designated professional should notify the Disability Services Coordinator as soon as possible (see 7-Grievance Process).
4. The Disability Services Coordinator is committed to ensuring that all information regarding the student's disability and accommodations remains confidential as required or permitted by law. Any information regarding a disability gained from medical or psychological evaluations shall be considered confidential as required or permitted by law. The Disability Services Coordinator may discuss the disability with faculty, staff, parents, advisors, and/or coaches if the student signs a written consent form giving permission to do so. Information about the disability will be released only with consent and will be shared with others in the institution on a need-to-know basis only. A student who chooses to activate any or all of the accommodations provided by the university will present a letter from the Disability Services Coordinator to appropriate faculty or staff, who will then implement the accommodations with the support of the office of the Disabilities Services Coordinator. A faculty or staff member who has any question or concern regarding the appropriateness of the accommodations cited by the Disability Services Coordinator will express it to the Disability Services Coordinator rather than to the student.
5. Students who are dissatisfied with the determination or implementation of the accommodations provided by the university may utilize the grievance process described in C.7. When the accommodation in question involves an adjustment to an academic requirement, see Guideline C.3 (a) through (c), paragraph 4, for the procedure to follow.
6. Any questions concerning accommodations for students with disabilities from enrolled or prospective students or their parents, or from university faculty or staff, should be directed to the Disability Services Coordinator. The Disability Services Coordinator maintains a detailed procedural guide that includes the step-by-step process students should follow (including timing of requests) and criteria for documentation of disability.
7. Grievance Process Students who feel they have been discriminated against due to their disability, or students, faculty or staff who are dissatisfied with the determination or implementation of the accommodations, should notify the Disability Services Coordinator as soon as possible. When the accommodation in question involves an adjustment to an academic requirement, see Guideline C.3 (a) through (c), paragraph 4 for the procedure to follow. This grievance process does not preclude the use of any other review, grievance, or appeals processes outlined in university publications. The university reserves the right to prohibit attorneys from this process.