Policy on accommodations for Students with Disabilities
The University of La Verne is committed to full compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). As outlined in the 2010 University Strategic Plan, the Accessibility Services Department has adopted a policy that assures every student with a disability access to appropriate academic adjustments and auxiliary aids. This ensures full participation in the university’s educational programs and student activities. All university faculty, administration, and staff are to be provided with current information on laws and policies which may affect their service or instruction to students with disabilities. With appropriate education, it will become the specific responsibility of all university employees to comply with this policy.
The general definition of a student with a disability is any person who has a “physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person’s major life activities,” and any person who has “a history of, or is regarded as having, such an impairment” (Rehabilitation Act, Section 504). Accommodations which might be provided are: reasonable academic adjustments and physical accommodations; special testing procedures; advance notice regarding book lists for the visually impaired and some learning disabled students; use of academic aides in the classroom such as note takers, sign language interpreters, and recording devices; early advisement and assistance with registration; accessibility for students who use wheelchairs and those with mobility impairments; and special classroom furniture or special equipment in the classroom.
Procedures for on-campus undergraduate students
If an on-campus undergraduate student self-identifies or is referred to Accessibility Services for a documented or suspected disability, the following procedures will be followed:
- The student asked to complete the request for accommodations via the following link: Request for Accommodations.
- The student is asked to provide original documentation of their disability via the Documentation Guidelines outlined within the Request for Accommodations form. When the Accommodations Request is received, it is reviewed within three to five business days and the student is contacted via email regarding the next step in the process of if there is any missing information. If the request is complete, it is placed on the agenda for the next Accommodations Review Team Meeting. .
- The Accommodations Review Team consists of the Associate Dean of the Regional and Online Campuses, Director of the Counseling Center, Co-Director of the Center for Neurodiversity, one full-time tenured faculty, and the Director of Accessibility Services. This team meets four times per year to review and make decisions for accommodations requests.
- Once the Accommodations Review Team has made specific recommendations regarding a student’s request for accommodation, the student will be notified within three business days. At this time the Director of Accessibility Services will send an Accommodations Form to an instructor informing them of the accommodations needed in the specific course. Examination Instruction Forms are sent with the Accommodations Form if appropriate.
- Accessibility Services encourages the timely request of accommodations prior to the beginning of the semester to ensure all request are reviewed. Accommodation requests can be made and will be accepted and considered at any time. Accommodations go into effect immediately after they are approved by Accessibility Services. Accommodations are not generally effective retroactively (i.e. before they are approved by Accessibility Services). This means, students will not be able to re-do assignments or re-take exams they originally took before they received approved accommodations.
- Main campus students
- Regional and Online Campus students
- College of Law students
- Physicians Assistant Program students
All students are referred to the Request for Accommodations form found HERE.
Student is advised that the Director of Accessibility Student Services is available for consultation with the student if necessary.