Disability Dining Accommodation and Exemption Policy
Contact: 504 and Compliance Coordinator
William Jewell College is a residential college requiring mandatory on-campus living and dining for all students. This policy is grounded in both principal and economic practicality. Dining Services promotes health and wellness initiatives through the Be Healthy program. They help students eat responsibly and make informed dining choices by providing healthy, well-balanced meals and nutritional information.
Any student, who wishes to request a modification or accommodation to his/her meal plan due to a disability, may do so by enrolling and completing the iTunes U course entitled “Disability Services”. The enrollment code is CJN-ECR-CRA. Students can also complete the Request for Accommodation application found at www.jewell.edu/disabilityservices. If students prefer they can also call the 504 and Compliance Coordinator at 816-415-7556, or can inquire by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is strongly advised that students submit their requests by June 1st for the Fall semester, and October 1st for the Spring semester. Accommodation requests can take several weeks to be processed and for the student to be notified. Notification of the outcome of the request is made by the 504 and Compliance Coordinator via the student’s email account. While students do not have to re-qualify for any approved accommodations, students must continue to request their dining accommodation in writing to the 504 and Compliance Coordinator for every subsequent academic year that they are enrolled at the College. This is to ensure that the need for the accommodation for the upcoming academic year is still present and that a timely notification to Dining Services of this need is made by the 504 and Compliance Coordinator. Students should observe the same deadlines for initial accommodation requests.
Exemptions to the Residential Dining policy based on disability will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Residential Policy Appeals Committee in partnership with the Disability Services office, the Director of Dining Services, and the Office of Counseling and Health Services. Students requesting an exemption should follow the accommodation request process as described above. The College reserves the right to request additional supporting documentation, in cases where an exemption is being considered, to assist in evaluating any safety and risk concerns for the student. Please note that exemptions to the Residential Dining policy are very rare, as most students can be adequately accommodated successfully by Dining Services. Decisions reached by the Residential Policy Appeals committee are final. Notification of the outcome of any exemption requests will be made by the Director of Residence Life via the student’s campus email account. It is the student’s responsibility to consult with the Office of Financial Aid prior to applying for exemption from the College’s residential dining policy. Students granted an exemption may see a reduction in financial aid with elimination of dining plan fees. Students should refer to the Refund Policies statement in the Course Catalog for information regarding refund information dining plan fees.
William Jewell College has a procedure in place for students who would like to request an accommodation change, adjustment, or to report difficulty with a current accommodation either in the residence hall, dining hall, or on campus. This information is available at www.jewell.edu/disabilityservices under Grievance Procedures.