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The mission of Shorter University Disabilities Services to ensuring that students with disabilities have equal, effective, and meaningful access, and can act as full participants in its programs, services, and activities. This is accomplished through a commitment to maintaining compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the use of nondiscriminatory policies and procedures, and the provision of reasonable accommodations.
Students with disabilities are entitled by law to equal access to University programs and facilities. Shorter University adheres to the guidelines of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Under these laws, students cannot be discriminated against on the basis of their disability.
Section 504 and the ADA offer accommodations to students who:
To be considered eligible for services, students must make an appointment to meet with the Director of Student Support Services in addition to providing documentation of a disability. The documentation serves as the foundation for legitimizing the request for a reasonable accommodation. Appropriate documentation must include the following:
The following verifications/certifications are required to have a determination of eligibility made for accommodations. All disability documentation is the responsibility and purview of the applicant/student.
Deafness or Hard of Hearing
LD & ADD/ADHD
Mobility Impairment, Speech Impairment, Acquired Brain Injury, Chronic Illness or other disabilities not listed above
A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a course program, service, job activity, or facility that enables a student with a disability to have an equal opportunity. The University is obligated to make a reasonable accommodation only to the known limitations of an otherwise qualified disabled student. To determine reasonable accommodations, the Student Support Services office may seek information from appropriate Univeristy personnel regarding essential standards for courses, programs, services, jobs, activities and facilities. Reasonable accommodations are determined by examining:
Students enrolled in online courses or classes located at distant teaching sites should follow the regular procedures to register and request accommodations. However, since many of the students enrolled in these courses are located at a distance from the Rome campus, students can easily communicate with Disability Services office by scheduling phone conferences.
When students are taking on online course and are distant from instructors, a student may request a PDF copy of their accommodation memo to be sent to their instructor. I t is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor and arrange the accommodations. The instructor can only provide accommodations after the student makes contact. Similar to taking traditional courses, it is the students' responsibility to immediately report to the Disability Services office any accommodation problems or logistical challenges encountered in the accommodation process.Disability Accommodations Grievance Procedure
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