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2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog 
2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Appendix D

  1. Accommodation Policy for Students with Disabilities

    Title II of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, the Washington state law against discrimination, RCW 49.60, RCW 28B.10.910- 914, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibit discrimination against persons of disability on the basis of disability. Central Washington University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to all qualified persons of disability to ensure access to programs, activities, and services.
    1. Definitions
      To be considered disabled, a student must have a physical, mental, or sensory condition that significantly affects one or more of life’s major functions (i.e., walking, talking, hearing, seeing, working, learning, etc.).

      A student is considered qualified if the student: 1) meets all eligibility criteria, 2) is able to (with or without accommodation) perform the essential functions of the program or activity, and 3) is able to benefit from a service.

      The term accommodation means any change or adjustment that makes it possible for a student of disability to participate in a program or activity, or benefit from a service.

      The term reasonable means that provision of the required accommodation will not result in: 1) an undue financial hardship, 2) an undue administrative hardship, or 3) a fundamental alteration to the nature of the program.

      Please note that a decision not to provide accommodation:
      1. must take into consideration fiscal resources of the entire University,
      2. must be explained in writing by the University President,
      3. must be defended by the University if legally challenged.

  2. Accommodation Procedures
    The following procedures have been established in a sincere effort to accommodate students of disability:
    1. Establishing Eligibility for Accommodation
      1. REQUESTING ACCOMMODATION: Students wishing to request accommodation are responsible for initiating contact with Disability Support Services.
      2. DOCUMENTATION: Students are responsible for providing documentation that includes the names and results of all tests used to diagnose the disability, describes the nature and effect of the disability, and makes suggestions of specific accommodations that would provide the student access to University programs, activities, and services. This documentation is confidential medical information and will be maintained in separate files in Disability Support Services.

    2. Provision of Academic Accommodations
      1. Disability Support Services is responsible for:
        1. assessing the effect of a student’s disability on his/her ability to access the educational process;
        2. identifying accommodations that the University will provide to ensure that CWU’s programs, activities, and services are accessible;
        3. communicating procedures that outline
          1. student and University responsibilities, and
          2. set time lines for requests and delivery of accommodations;
        4. providing services to help faculty and staff accommodate the needs of students.
      2. The student is responsible for:
        1. making the appropriate people on campus aware of his/her need and eligibility for accommodation in a timely manner;
        2. working with the faculty, staff, and Disability Support Services to determine how the accommodation will be provided;
        3. following policies and procedures set forth by the University and by Disability Support Services.
      1. The University has no obligation to accommodate a student who fails to establish eligibility with Disability Support Services.
      2. The University reserves the right to suspend accommodations to students who abuse services or fail to follow University policies/procedures.
      3. If failure to use an accommodation results in damage to CWU equipment, the student will be held responsible for the repair or replacement of the damaged equipment.
      4. The faculty and/or staff is responsible for:
        1. working with the student and Disability Support Services to identify an effective means of providing requested accommodations;
        2. providing requested accommodations.

      NOTE: To assist faculty and staff in the provision of requested accommodations, Disability Support Services office has programs to provide print materials in alternative formats, administer alternative examinations, furnish sign language interpreters, etc. If for any reason the faculty or staff decides not to utilize service provided by Disability Support Services, the faculty/staff member and her/his department will assume administrative and fiscal responsibility for ensuring that the student’s need for accommodations are met.

    3. Determination of Qualified
      1. The student must meet all prerequisite and eligibility criteria as set forth by the department unless that criteria is discriminatory on the basis of disability.
      2. The student must be capable of performing the essential elements of the program. If in question, the student is responsible for working with the academic department, appropriate faculty/staff, and the Disability Support Services director to determine if s/he (with or without accommodation) can do the essential elements of an academic program/course.
      3. The academic department/ faculty are responsible for:
        1. identifying the essential elements for each academic program/course. This should be done prior to the time that an academic program and/or course is offered. The essential elements of an academic program/course are the key skills, knowledge, or abilities that the program/course is designed to teach the student. When identifying the essential elements, faculty should focus on the desired outcome, not the process used to reach that outcome.
        2. working with the student and Disability Support Services director to determine if a student’s disability would prevent him/her from doing (with or without accommodation) the essential elements of an academic program/course.
      4. The Disability Support Services director is responsible for working with a student, academic department, faculty to:
        1. review the determination of a student’s ability (with or without accommodation) to acquire the skills that comprise the essential elements of an academic program/course; and
        2. review essential elements that present barriers to ensure that those elements are essential and not discriminatory against students of disability.

    4. Grievance
      Any student who believes that she/he has been discriminated against on the basis of disability may file a grievance in the Office for Equal Opportunity, Room 211, Barge Hall (phone: 963-2205 or TDD 963-2007). Grievances may be pursued either formally or informally. A list of state and federal agencies which investigate alleged violations of disability law is also available in the Office for Equal Opportunity.