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Disability Policies

Review the policy statement on access and accommodation for students with disabilities.

Waynesburg University provides equal opportunities to qualified students with disabilities admitted through our regular admissions process. A student with a disability is defined, in accordance with applicable federal and state laws, as “any person who has a physical or mental impairment, has a record of such impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment, which substantially limits one or more major life activities.”

Waynesburg University is a competitive educational institution that provides a challenging academic environment. All applicants, including students with disabilities, must follow the procedures outlined in the University’s Application Form. There is no separate application or application process for students with disabilities. Admitted students are strongly advised to contact the Disability Services Office at 724-852-7797 as soon as they decide to attend the University, if they plan to request accommodations.

The University promotes self-disclosure and self-advocacy for students with disabilities, recognizing that students with disabilities have the legal right and responsibility to present requests for reasonable accommodation directly to faculty and administrators. Every student with a disability must:

  • Meet the University's qualifications and essential technical, academic, and institutional standards for courses, programs, services, jobs and activities.
  • Identify themselves in a timely manner as an individual with a disability when seeking a reasonable accommodation.
  • Provide documentation from an appropriate professional source that verifies the nature of the disability, functional limitations, and the need for a specific accommodation.
  • Follow specific procedures for obtaining a reasonable and appropriate accommodation.
  • Provide for personal independent living needs or any other disability-related need that must be satisfied regardless of attendance at Waynesburg University.

The University will make the ultimate determination of what constitutes a reasonable accommodation after reviewing a student’s request and documentation. In reaching this determination the University may:

  • Maintain its academic standards.
  • Request current documentation from a student completed by an appropriate professional resource to verify the need for a reasonable accommodation.
  • Discuss a student's need for reasonable accommodation with the professional source of his/her documentation following authorization by the student.
  • Select among equally effective, appropriate and reasonable accommodations available.
  • Deny a request for accommodation(s) if the documentation does not identify a specific disability and/or the documentation fails to verify the need for the accommodation(s).
  • Refuse to provide an accommodation that is inappropriate or unreasonable, including any that pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others, constitute a substantial change or alteration to an essential element of a course or program, or pose undue burden on the University.
  • Identify and establish essential functions, abilities, skills, knowledge and standards for courses, programs, services, jobs and activities.

The University reserves the right to make educational decisions about what are the most reasonable accommodations on a case-by-case basis. The Disability Services Office will assist students with disabilities in preparing their requests for accommodation and will work closely with students’ faculty advisors and instructors in order to provide coordinated academic support.

The University will, within the spirit of reasonable accommodation, modify facilities and programs for students with physical disabilities to meet their individual needs on a case-by-case basis. Although not all facilities and programs are accessible, students with physical disabilities can expect classes or activities to be moved to accessible buildings, to have adaptive learning environments created, and/or to have auxiliary equipment allowed on an individual basis and in a manner reasonable for both the student and the University.

Service and Assistance Animal Policy

The University has established a policy regarding Service Animals and Assistance Animals to assist individuals with disabilities. Read the full policy by clicking here.

Confidentiality Policy

The University is committed to ensuring that information regarding a student’s disability remain as confidential as possible. Any information regarding a disability provided by medical or psychological evaluations and/or documents shall be considered confidential, maintained in a separate file with limited access, and shared only on a need-to-know basis. Students must grant permission to the Disability Services Office to discuss their disability with University faculty, administrators or tutors.

Pre-Admission Counseling Policy

Applicants to the University may choose to disclose and identify themselves as students with disabilities prior to admission. This disclosure will have no influence on the student’s application for admission. Disclosure of disability prior to admission may only be for the purpose of meeting with the Disability Services Office to discuss general services available at the University for students with disabilities.

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Courtney Balban

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