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Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Policy Author:
Student Affairs

Responsible Office/Department:
Student Affairs

Effective Date of Policy:
January 10, 2022

Policy Narrative

Daemen College complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and applicable state and local laws providing for nondiscrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities. This policy applies to participation in all College programs and activities. Daemen College will also provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities so that they may participate at a level equivalent with that of non-disabled students. In this connection, Daemen College has established an accommodation assessment procedure for evaluation of requested accommodation in light of legal guidelines.

It is Daemen College’s policy to:

  1. Ensure that qualified individuals with disabilities are treated in a nondiscriminatory manner in the admissions process and that qualified students with disabilities are treated in a nondiscriminatory manner with respect to all services, programs and activities.
  2. Keep all medically related information confidential in accordance with the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
  3. Provide qualified applicants and students with disabilities with reasonable accommodation, except where such an accommodation would create an undue hardship for the College.
  4. Notify individuals with disabilities that the College provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities by including this policy in the College Catalog and the Student Handbook.

Procedure for Requesting an Accommodation

If a qualified applicant for admission to the College or a student of the College anticipates a need for an accommodation to complete a course of study or to participate in a College program or activity (student housing, etc.), the request for accommodation should be brought to the attention of the Disability Services Office. Where the disability or the need for an accommodation is not obvious, the individual may be required to provide current evidence of the disability and the limitations that require accommodation. Disability Services will discuss with the applicant or student the limitation resulting from the disability and the potential reasonable accommodations that the College might make. Disability Services staff may also consult as needed with the Assistant Vice President for Student Success, Sabrina Fennell who is the College’s 504/ADA Officer. 

The College has established specific guidelines for the documentation of disabilities; the guidelines may be obtained from the Disability Services Office, or from the College’s website.

The Office for Disability Services, in conjunction with the appropriate faculty, the 504/ADA Coordinator, and, if necessary, a professional evaluator retained by the College, will determine the feasibility of the requested accommodation, considering various factors including, but not limited to, the nature and the cost of the accommodation, and whether the accommodation will impact the fundamental nature of the course or program. The applicant/student will be informed of the College’s decision on the accommodation request. If a student is not satisfied with the determination made by the College with respect to the request for accommodation, the student may file a grievance pursuant to the College’s Grievance Procedure in Discrimination Cases, a copy of which may be found in the Student Handbook or obtained from the Student Success Center.

Procedure for Receiving Approved Accommodations

Disability Services will give the student an Accommodation Form specifying the accommodations approved by the College. It is the student’s right and responsibility to request approved accommodations in College programs, activities, or services. In keeping with the College’s nondiscrimination policy, accommodations are to be made only at the request of the student, not assumed or imposed by other parties. The student shall present their Accommodation Form to the appropriate faculty member or administrator to substantiate a request for accommodation. Accommodations should not be provided to students without evidence that the accommodation has been approved by the College. A student lacking such documentation should be referred to Disability Services according to the above procedure for requesting an accommodation.

Should any problem arise in securing an approved accommodation, the student should bring the problem to the immediate attention of the 504/ADA Officer, who will assist in resolving the matter. In addition, any member of the College community with questions or concerns about the College’s disability policy and procedures should contact the 504/ADA Officer. Retaliation against students, applicants, or employees for exercising their rights under this policy is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. Claims of retaliation should be reported to the 504/ADA Officer.

Purpose for policy

To create and maintain an equitable environment where students have the optimal opportunity to succeed academically, personally, and professionally and where any and all Daemen College Community members feel safe, valued, and respected.

This policy’s virtual location is https://www.daemen.edu/student-life/student-affairs/student-handbook/section-5-general-college-policies

Updated on January 10, 2022

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