Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Federal law requires that Nebraska Wesleyan University make “reasonable accommodations” to ensure that persons with disabilities will have equal access to all educational programs, activities and services. Therefore, Nebraska Wesleyan University, in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended, recognizes the University’s obligation to make reasonable accommodations for qualified students with disabilities.

Definitions

A “reasonable accommodation” is defined as any change in an environment or in the way things are customarily done that (1) enables an individual with a disability to enjoy equal opportunities; and (2) does not fundamentally alter the nature of the activity, service or program.

A “disabled person” is defined as one who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially affects one or more major life activities or has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment.

Procedures

To facilitate plans for reasonable accommodations, students with disabilities must identify and document their needs following their admission to Nebraska Wesleyan University. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the University of his/her disability; to document the disability; and to request accommodation.

Individuals should contact Prof. Sandy McBride, the Services for Students with Disabilities Coordinator, in Old Main 126.

Special Accommodations Committee

In cases where a student would like to request special accommodations, A Special Accommodations Committee shall convene and determine the best method for providing accommodations. This committee consists of the Dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Services for Students with Disabilities Coordinator, the Coordinator of Housing Operations, and the Director of the Physical Plant. The Services for Students with Disabilities Coordinator will represent the student requesting accommodations. This Committee will bring the recommended accommodations to the Provost, the Dean of Student Life and the Vice President for Finance and Administration for approval.

Appeal Procedure for Students with Disabilities

If a student believes that Nebraska Wesleyan University is failing to provide reasonable accommodation for a disability, the student should petition the Disability Appeal Decision Committee in writing. This committee consists of the Provost, the Dean for Student Life and the Vice President for Finance and Administration. The Disability Appeal Decision Committee may seek statements from any and all students, faculty, or staff involved. The decision of this committee is final.