Mission Valley Disability Resource Center

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 students enrolled in courses on the Mission Valley and Bakersfield campuses and includes PLNU partnerships at Community College satellite locations.  The DRC assists current and prospective students by maximizing access and opportunity for participation in all Point Loma Nazarene University activities.

The scope of accommodations provided by PLNU 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. 

Academic 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 Services
  • Reader Services
  • Recording Lectures
  • Reduced Course Load
  • Assistive Technology
  • Scribe

Non-Academic Accommodations

Non-academic accommodations are related to activities and services not found in the classroom, yet support an equitable campus environment. The nature of the accommodation is to provide a qualified individual with an equal opportunity and access.

Requesting Reasonable Accommodations

Current and prospective students seeking an accommodation must follow the reasonable accommodation procedures outlined in the Disability and Reasonable Accommodations Policy for Current and Prospective Students. After the student files the required documentation, the DRC, in conjunction with the student, will develop an academic adjustment or accommodation plan (AP) to meet that student’s specific learning needs. The DRC will thereafter email the student’s AP to all faculty who teach courses in which the student is enrolled each semester. The AP will be implemented in all such courses.

If students do not wish to avail themselves of some or all of the elements of their AP in a particular course, it is the responsibility of those students to notify their professor in that course. PLNU highly recommends that DRC students speak with their professors during the first two weeks of each semester about the applicability of their AP in that particular course and/or if they do not desire to take advantage of some or all of the elements of their AP in that course. Faculty who notice that a student is not electing to use all of the elements of his/her AP in their particular course should contact the DRC to discuss the situation with the student and determine whether the AP should be modified for that course.