Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, and the American Disabilities Act of 1990 continue to be the primary sources of direction and guidance to William Jewell College as it provides services to students with disabilities. As such, both the college and the student have rights and responsibilities.
Student Rights and Responsibilities
Every qualified student with a disability has the right to:
1. Equal access to educational and co-curricular programs, services, activities, and facilities available at William Jewell College.
2. Individualized professional assessment of the documentation supporting the disability and its impact on functioning in an academic setting.
3. Reasonable and effective accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids as determined on an individual basis.
4. Assistance from the Office of Disability Services in removing physical, academic, and/or attitudinal barriers that may exist within the campus community.
5. Appropriate confidentiality regarding disability information which will only be released when permitted or required by law.
6. Information reasonably available in accessible formats.
Every qualified student with a disability has the responsibility to:
1. Meet the qualifications of William Jewell College including essential, technical, academic, and institutional standards.
2. Identify as an individual with a disability and request accommodations in a timely manner
3. Provide documentation, completed ideally within the last 18 months, from an appropriate professional source verifying the nature of the disability, functional limitations, and the rationale for specific accommodations being recommended.
4. Follow the specific procedures for obtaining reasonable and appropriate accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids as outlined.
5. Develop self-advocacy skills and motivation leading to self-reliance and independence. This includes assuming responsibility for meeting with faculty and/or requesting supplemental services such as assistance from the Academic Achievement Center.
Institutional Rights and Responsibilities
William Jewell College has the right to:
1. Maintain high academic standards.
2. Request qualifying disability documentation in order to verify eligibility for disability accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids.
3. Discuss with diagnosing professionals, given signed consent, the student’s eligibility.
4. Select from among equally effective/appropriate accommodations, adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids in consultation with the student.
5. Deny requests for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids when disability documentation does not identify a specific disability, fails to verify the need for the requested services, or is not provided in a timely manner.
6. Deny requests for accommodations, adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids that are inappropriate or unreasonable based on disability documentation, including any that:
- Pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others;
- Constitute a substantial change or alteration of an essential course element/program standard, or
- Pose undue financial or administrative burden on the college.
William Jewell College has the responsibility to:
1. Provide information in accessible formats, upon request, to students with disabilities.
2. Ensure that courses, programs, services, activities, and facilities, when viewed in their entirety, are available and usable in the most appropriate settings.
3. Evaluate students on their abilities rather than their disabilities.
4. Provide or arrange, for students with documented disabilities, reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services in courses, programs, services, activities, and facilities.
5. Maintain appropriate confidentiality of records and communication, disclosing information only when permitted or required by law.