Commitment to Students with Disabilities

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Policy title:

Commitment to Students with Disabilities

Academic Affairs
Omaha Instructional Site
Student Life
Traditional Undergraduate
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Policy statement

Nebraska Wesleyan University welcomes people with disabilities to our campus. The
university is committed to providing accessibility and reasonable accommodations to
all who take part in campus events so that all have equal educational opportunities and
full participation in campus community life.

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.


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.

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 their
disability, to document the disability, and to request accommodations.
Individuals should contact the Services for Students with Disabilities Coordinator.

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
Vice President 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 members involved. The decision of this committee is final.


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