Students with Disabilities
Students with documented disabilities may contact the Office of the Dean of Students,, to request accommodations. Students must submit documentation that meets the criteria for requesting accommodations in higher education. Please note that an IEP (previously submitted for high school classes) is not acceptable.
All students with disabilities who are requesting accommodations may click on this link for a DSS handout in order to work with their medical professional in order to submit appropriate and compliant documentation.
POLICY ON DOCUMENTATION FOR DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS
The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 (of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973) mandate equal opportunities for students to participate in or benefit from services offered by a place of public access, including private universities. A qualified individual under these two Acts must have a physical, mental or learning impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities. Moreover, a qualified, disabled student must meet the academic and technical standards required for admission or participation in an educational program or activity. AJU does not waive academic requirements for degrees or alter admissions criteria for any student, but the university makes every effort to try and provide reasonable accommodations when presented with appropriate, compliant documentation.
Full evaluation, completed within the last 3 years, which includes:
- Identifies the disability, including the diagnosis, history of onset and methodologies used to determine the diagnosis;
- Current functional impact of the condition as well as a description of the current functional limitations as they relate to the major life activity impacted by said diagnosis;
- List of prescribed medications, if applicable;
- Expected progression, stability or prognosis of the condition over time; and
- Recommended accommodations with the rational for each recommended accommodation. Such accommodation recommendations should be appropriate for higher education.
The evaluation must be on official letterhead including the printed name, signature, title, professional credentials and license number of the evaluator along with the address and telephone number.
Documentation must be provided by a licensed, credentialed and qualified medical healthcare professional. Such professional should not have a personal or familial relationship with the individual being evaluated. The evaluator must be the “subject matter expert” in the area he/she is providing an evaluation for.
Students who may have received accommodations during their primary education (grades K-12) such as an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) must submit a recent, compliant evaluation. The completed evaluation should be within the last 3 years (meeting the criteria noted above) and be suitable for higher education in order to be considered for an accommodation request. Institutions of higher education do not accept IEPs utilized in primary education.
Please note that some recommended accommodations may not be offered as AJU is not bound to implement all recommendations made. Students are required to discuss their accommodation letters with their instructors during office hours early in the semester in order to outline which approved accommodations will be utilized.
The cost of obtaining an evaluation is borne by the student.