ACCESSING REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS AT PLNU
Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) provides individuals with disabilities access to the programs, services, and activities of the University. Pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act, and other applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, PLNU prohibits discrimination and harassment against a qualified individual with a disability. As stated in Section 504: “No otherwise qualified individual shall, solely by his or her 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.”
The PLNU Disability Resource Center (DRC) is the point of contact regarding disability issues for all PLNU undergraduate and graduate students including students enrolled at the Mission Valley campus and College of Extended Learning students enrolled in courses at Community College satellites. The DRC assists current and prospective students, by maximizing access and opportunity for participation in all activities at PLNU.
Reasonable Accommodation Procedures for Current and Prospective Students
The DRC is the point of contact for providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to enable them to participate in University life. Current and prospective PLNU students are expected to meet the minimum academic and technical standards of all University programs.The DRC assesses the academic and non-academic disability-related needs of qualified individuals with disabilities to build and facilitate reasonable accommodation plans. Students requesting accommodations must first self-disclose their disability to the Disability Resource Center.
Students who request accommodations from faculty or staff outside of the DRC must be referred to the DRC to begin the process for registering for accommodations. In order for current students and prospective students to receive reasonable accommodations at PLNU, these procedures must be followed:
- Students and prospective students seeking an accommodation must first register as a person with a disability by making a written request for an accommodation with the DRC, provide appropriate documentation to the DRC, actively participate in the accommodation registration process, and contact the DRC if a granted accommodation is not meeting the student’s needs. Once sufficient and official documentation is received, the DRC will contact the student within 15 business days to schedule a face-to-face meeting to discuss the accommodation request/develop an Official Accommodation Plan.
- Students and prospective students must submit to the DRC official documentation that is no more than three years old from a clinically diagnosing medical/licensed professional verifying the nature and extent of the disability as it relates to the higher education environment.
- Alternatively, the student may submit a DRC Provider Documentation Form completed by his or her current licensed healthcare professional.
- Documentation from persons not licensed to diagnose such conditions will not be accepted. At any time during the accommodation request process, the DRC reserves the right to request additional medical documentation of the nature of the disability and of the need for an accommodation.
- Any PLNU transfer student who received services from a California Community College, California State, or University of California campus as a student with a disability may qualify for services from the DRC. The DRC reviews the documentation from the prior institution and determines whether additional documentation from a medical professional is necessary. The documentation from the prior institution must not be more than three years old.
- After documentation of a disability has been provided and during a face-to-face meeting with the student, the DRC will determine whether the student is eligible for services and, if so, identify reasonable accommodations. What constitutes a reasonable accommodation will vary depending on the circumstances of each case. In evaluating alternatives for accommodation, the DRC will work in conjunction with the student to develop an accommodation plan, but the ultimate decision regarding what type of accommodation, if any, will be provided is made by the DRC.
- Accommodations may include non-academic adjustments, such as housing and dining and/or academic adjustments, such as extended exam times and alternate exam environments, as well as auxiliary aids/services such as note-taking services, scribes, large print handouts, electronic textbooks, alternatives to printed tests, and other assistive technology.
- PLNU is not required, however, to provide attendants, individually prescribed devices, readers for personal use or study, or other devices or services of a personal nature.
- When an accommodation is granted, the DRC will provide a printed Accommodation Plan of all of the accommodations to the student via their official PLNU email.
- Students are expected to meet the minimum academic and technical standards of University programs.
- Students are expected to follow all instructions contained in their accommodation plan, actively participate in the accommodation process and contact the DRC if a granted accommodation is not meeting their disability-related needs.
- Students are expected to follow all instructions contained in their accommodation plan regarding scheduling for extended exam times, alternate exam sites, and other academic adjustments.
- The DRC will provide the accommodation plan to the relevant instructors and/or other administrative offices (if applicable) within a reasonable timeframe.
- The University community (e.g., Instructors and other administrative offices) is responsible for facilitating accommodations or adjustments as outlined in DRC’s Accommodation Plan.