The University of La Verne is committed to full compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). As outlined in the 2010 University Strategic Plan, the Disabled Student Service Department has adopted a policy that assures every student with a disability access to appropriate academic adjustments and auxiliary aids. This ensures full participation in the University’s educational programs and student activities. All University faculty, administration, and staff are to be provided with current information on laws and policies which may affect their service or instruction to students with disabilities. With appropriate education, it will become the specific responsibility of all University employees to comply with this policy.
The general definition of a student with a disability is any person who has a “physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person’s major life activities,” and any person who has “a history of, or is regarded as having, such an impairment” (Rehabilitation Act, Section 504). Accommodations which might be provided are: reasonable academic adjustments and physical accommodations; special testing procedures; advance notice regarding book lists for the visually impaired and some learning disabled students; use of academic aides in the classroom such as note takers, sign language interpreters, and recording devices; early advisement and assistance with registration; accessibility for students who use wheelchairs and those with mobility impairments; and special classroom furniture or special equipment in the classroom.
Procedures for on-campus undergraduate students
If an on-campus undergraduate student self-identifies or is referred to Disabled Student Services for a documented or suspected disability, the following procedures will be followed:
- The student is interviewed by the Director of Disabled Student Services and is given an Information and Accommodations Packet. The Director reviews the information in the packet, and informs the student of the timelines outlined.
- The student is asked to provide original documentation of their disability from a medical doctor or psychological health provider on the Physician/ Psychologist/ Disability Specialist Documentation of Disability Form. The student is asked to turn in the completed Accommodations Packet to the Director, which includes the following: Student Information Sheet, Request to Receive Accommodations Form, Physician/ Psychologist/ Disability Specialist Documentation of Disability Form, Authorization and Release Form and Release of Information Authorization Form. When the Accommodations Packet is received by the Director of Disabled Student Services, it is reviewed within one week. If the packet is complete, it is placed on the agenda for the next Accommodations Review Team Meeting. If the packet is incomplete, the Director of Disabled Student Services will notify the student within one week of the forms that are needed to complete the packet.
- The Accommodations Review Team consists of the Dean of Student Affairs, the Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Chair of the Special Education Department, the Director of Disabled Student Services, Coordinator of Disabled Student Services, the Director of the Counseling Center and Director of the Academic Success Center. This team meets four times per year to review and make decisions on accommodations requests. Every effort is made to ensure that students make their requests in sufficient time to be accommodated, but if a need arises, the team will meet to make timely decisions as necessary.
- Once the Accommodations Review Team has made specific recommendations regarding a student’s request for accommodation, the student will be notified within one week. At this time the Director of Disabled Student Services will send an Accommodations Form to an instructor informing him or her of the accommodations needed in the specific course. Examination Instruction Forms are sent with the Accommodations Form if appropriate.
- Main campus graduate students
- School of Continuing Education students
- College of Law students
Main campus graduate students need to contact DSS for documented or suspected learning, physical and/or psychological disabilities.
- Student is referred to the Director of Disabled Student Services or Coordinator for procedures and requirements for specific program or school:
Regional and Online Campuses: Dr. David Smith, ROC College of Law: Dr. Jullie McCurdy, Dean of Student Affairs College of Business & Public Management: Dr. Ibrahim Helou, Dean LaFetra College of Education: Dr. Kimberly White-Smith, Dean College of Arts & Sciences: Dr. Lawrence T. Potter, Dean
- Student is advised that Director of Disabled Student Services is available for consultation with the student if necessary.
On-campus graduate faculty, staff or administrator contacts Disabled Student Services with questions regarding the nature of a disability, appropriate accommodations, or other related questions.
- Director of Disabled Student Services requests any written documentation be provided.
- Director reviews all information provided and either responds with informal opinion, takes the information to the Accommodations Review Team or seeks professional guidance from a qualified consultant.
- Director informs the appropriate Director or Dean and the faculty, staff or administrator requesting assistance of the recommendations.