The University of Charleston is committed to achieving equal educational opportunity and full participation for persons with disabilities. The Academic Success Center works to ensure that enrolled students receive reasonable accommodations for documented disabilities in compliance with provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment of 2008. The Academic Success Center also provides special information for faculty.
What are accommodations?
Accommodations are adaptations and changes made to elements of a student's postsecondary program that help to compensate for the student's impairment(s) and provide equal access to students with disabilities. Here are the basics:
- Any student with a documented disability may be eligible to receive accommodations & services from the Academic Success Center;
- The purpose of accommodations and modifications is to reduce or eliminate any disadvantages that may exist because of an individual's disability;
- Accommodations are not a guarantee for success, but rather seek to promote non-discrimination and equal access opportunities;
- Accommodations are not student preferences; they are determined through an established review process based on documentation received regarding the student's disability;
- The law does not require institutions to waive specific courses or academic requirements considered essential to a particular program or degree. Rather, they are mandated to modify existing requirements on a case-by-case basis in order to ensure that individuals are not discriminated against on the basis of their disability;
- In order to access accommodations, students must disclose and document their disability to the Academic Success Center and state their requested accommodations.