Types of Accomodations
The scope of accommodations provided by PLNU at Mission Valley are based on official medical documentation, availability of resources, personnel, and discretion of the Director of the DRC. In compliance with university policy, students with disabilities may be eligible for one or more of the following accommodations.
In general, an accommodation is a change in the learning environment to provide equal opportunity for academic or physical accessibility. The nature of the accommodation is considered individually, using recommendations in the documentation of the disability. Accommodations are to be reasonable, not impose an undue hardship on the operation of the program, and not fundamentally alter the academic and technical standards. Also, accommodations such as note-takers are not in lieu of classroom attendance and participation.
Possible academic accommodations at PLNU may include, but are not limited to:
- Electronic Textbooks
- Exams: Alternative Environment
- Exams: Time Extensions
- Note-taking Assistance
- Reader Services
- Recording Lectures
- Reduced Course Load
- Assistive Technology
Expectations and Conduct
Students with disabilities are expected to meet at least the minimal academic standards, as well as the technical standards of university programs as described in the student handbook, undergraduate catalog, and/or faculty syllabi. This includes meeting the university's grade point average and academic progress standards. Qualified students will receive reasonable accommodations to provide equal access toward progression to academic and technical standards.
To register for accommodations, PLNU students must do the following:
- Self-disclose as a student with an official disability.
- Submit official documentation that is no more than three years old from a clinically diagnosing physician/medical professional verifying the nature and extent of the disability prior to receiving any accommodations.
- The documentation must be based on an evaluation by a healthcare or mental health professional appropriately licensed by the state to diagnose medical, psychological, and learning disorders. Such persons are usually physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, and school psychologists. Documentation from third parties or from persons not licensed to diagnose such conditions will not be accepted.
- OR submit a Provider Documentation form completed by your current licensed professional.
Documentation and Transfer Students
Any PLNU student who has transferred and 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 referring agency and coordinates accommodations based on recommended accommodations from the qualifying professional. The documentation must be within the last three years.
Disclosure of a Disability
Under U.S. laws, students are not required to report a disability, but they must disclose and document their disabilities to receive disability-related accommodations. PLNU students seeking accommodations on the basis of a disability must self-identify and request accommodations from the DRC. Failure to give notice or provide detailed information may result in the accommodations being delayed or the request being denied. Students who request accommodations and/or services from other faculty and staff are to be referred to the DRC. Once the student has disclosed information regarding the disability and desires disability-related accommodations, the school has the responsibility to make reasonable accommodations.
PLNU and the DRC are committed to full compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008. However, the university provides a process for students to appeal a policy or decision they feel is not in compliance. Students have the right to appeal decisions regarding accommodations. To provide prompt and equitable resolution, students must submit a written statement to the ADA 504 Coordinator, who will conduct the appeal process in consultation with the Vice President for Student Development.
Students are encouraged to work with the person most directly involved to resolve the matter informally before beginning a formal process. If the matter is not resolved informally, students have the right to initiate a formal appeal.
The written formal appeal must:
- Describe the complaint and include a narrative of the incident and how it violates Section 504 and/or the ADA.
- State what has already been done to resolve the issue.
- Include the desired outcomes.
- Include any additional supporting documentation (i.e., communications, etc.).
The written statement must be submitted to the Associate Dean for Student Success & Wellness within five school days of the decision/complaint.
The ADA 504 Coordinator will notify the appropriate parties in writing with the final decision within 15 school days of receipt of the formal appeal. The final appeal for decisions is with the ADA 504 Coordinator or designee.
If a student feels he/she has been discriminated against or denied access because of a disability, the student should immediately contact the Director of the DRC to discuss the situation. If the problem has not been resolved within 10 working days, an appeal may be made to the ADA 504 Coordinator. If the student feels the resolution offered through the ADA 504 Coordinator continues to deny him/her equal access to an education, a complaint may be filed with the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights Disability Division or the Department of Justice according to their guidelines.
Formal Appeals for Academic Accommodations
Students who wish to formally appeal an accommodation are to follow these procedures:
- The student shall inform the Director of the DRC that he/she would like to appeal an accommodation decision and may request that the director of the DRC provide him/her with a written explanation for the denial. The Director will provide this explanation to the student within 10 working days.
- The student will submit a written appeal to the Director of the DRC. This appeal, along with the written explanation of the denial from the Director of the DRC, will be forwarded to the ADA 504 Coordinator. In making a written appeal, the student is permitting the DRC to release all pertinent information from the student’s DRC file.
- The ADA 504 Coordinator will determine the format of the review process. If the accommodation denial is based on clinical reasons (e.g., accommodation not supported by clinical documentation), a qualified health or mental health clinician is to be involved in the review process.
- Once a decision has been made regarding the accommodation appeal, the student and the Director of the DRC shall be informed in writing.
ADA 504 Coordinator Contact Information
Kimberly Joy Bogan, PsyD
Associate Dean Student Success and Wellness
ADA 504 Coordinator
3900 Lomaland Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
*T: *619. 849. 2574 / 2481
*F: *619. 849. 7014
Service & Therapy Animal Policy
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a service animal as any dog individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including but not limited to guiding individuals with impaired vision, alerting individuals who are hearing impaired to sounds, providing minimal protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, or fetching dropped items.
Individuals using a service animal are responsible for their service animals at all times. Use of the animal may not constitute a direct threat to the health and safety of others. The owner is responsible for the health of the animal with verification from a licensed veterinarian and/or service animal school, also for maintaining cleanliness at all times, including the sanitary disposal of animal wastes; for any property damage caused by the animal; for the behavior of the animal in private and public places; and for due care and diligence in use of the animal on campus.
Educational Testing Referral List
Gupta Psychology & Assessment Services
3990 Old Town Ave., Suite A-208
San Diego, CA 92110
San Diego BrainWorks Psychology & Neuropsychology Services
5850 Oberlin Dr., Suite 240
San Diego, CA 92121
2180 Garnet Ave., Suite 2E
San Diego, CA 92109
Dr. Deisy Boscan
30330 5th Ave., Suite 235
San Diego, CA 92103
Additional Private Pay Providers
Dr. Rienzi Haytasingh, Licensed Educational Psychologist of Brain Learning