Section 504 states, “No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States, as defined in section 705(20) of this title, shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
Definition of a Disability
An individual is considered to have a “disability” if s/he has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment.
The Student Accessibility Services office at JCU coordinates all services for students with disabilities. To register for services follow our registration procedures. The services include, but are not limited to:
- Testing Consultation/Referral
- Intake/Needs Assessment
- Adaptive Technology
- Test Proctoring
Accommodations are academic adaptations that do not compromise academic standards or the mastery of essential course elements, but provide students with disabilities an equal opportunity to succeed. Accommodations provide equal access to facilities (e.g., wheelchair accessibility) and academic information.
Academic accommodations include services like extended test time, audio recording lectures, or a quiet testing location. These services are designed to overcome deficits created by the disability and allow the student to display his/her mastery of the material.
Since the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 guarantee equal access, not success; individual success is up to each student. We encourage students to develop self-advocacy, empowerment, responsibility, independence, personal growth, and to develop and use compensatory skills.
Student Rights & Responsibilities
Qualified students with disabilities have the right to an equal opportunity to participate in programs offered through John Carroll University. Students who choose to exercise these rights have the responsibility to initiate and participate in the accommodation process. Recognizing this, students:
- Have a responsibility to identify themselves as needing accommodation in a timely fashion. Each student must provide documentation from an appropriate licensed professional.
- Have a responsibility to document how their disability affects a particular delivery system, instructional method, or evaluation criteria when requesting accommodation.
- Have a responsibility to actively participate in the search for accommodations and auxiliary aids.
- Have the responsibility of notifying their instructors of their disability and providing them with letters of accommodation (LOA’s).
- Have the responsibility to communicate to their professors their individual needs and work with their professors on methods of accommodation.
- Have the responsibility to schedule exams 7 days in advance of test date.
- Have the same obligation as any student to meet and maintain the institution’s academic and technical standards.
- Have a right to be evaluated based on their ability, not their disability. If their disability affects the outcome of an evaluation method they are entitled to an evaluation by alternate means.
- Are entitled to an equal opportunity to learn. If the location, delivery system or instructional methodology limits their access, participation, or ability to benefit, they have a right to reasonable alterations (to be determined by University officials) in those aspects of the course (or program) to accommodate their disability.
- Are entitled to an equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of the academic community at a comparable level that is provided to any student.
- Have a right to appeal decisions concerning accommodations.