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8.10 / Students with Disabilities

I.  Policy Statement

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Wichita State University shall adhere to all applicable federal and state laws, regulations, and guidelines with respect to providing effective communications and modifications as necessary to afford equal access to programs for qualified persons with disabilities and to ensure that no qualified individual shall be, by reason of disability, excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of WSU, or be subjected to discrimination by WSU.

Wichita State University is committed to providing equal access to employment, educational programs, and activities for students with disabilities. The University recognizes that students with disabilities may need accommodations to have equally effective opportunities to participate in or benefit from University educational programs, services and activities. Conformance to this policy does not negate the responsibility of Wichita State University to ensure that accessible technology and course content complies with applicable accessibility standards (see Section 8.10, Accessible Content).

II.  Responsibilities

A.  Office of Disability Services

Applicants for admission and students requesting services, resources or accommodations for a disability should contact: 

Office of Disability Services
Grace Wilkie Hall, Room 203
316-978-3309 (voice)
316-854-3032 (videophone)
316-978-3114 (fax)

Disability.services@Wichita.edu (email)

The Office of Disability Services serves as the main point of contact on issues related to ADA compliance for all persons involved in providing class instruction at WSU. The Office of Disability Services is responsible for:

B.  Academic Departments and Instructional Staff

Academic departments and instructional staff are responsible for:

C.  Nonacademic Programs

University offices and programs are responsible for providing accommodations for nonacademic programs with the assistance of the Office of Disability Services. 

D.  Students

Students are responsible for the following:

III.  Accommodations

Wichita State University will make reasonable modifications to the environment, policy and practice and/or provide auxiliary aids and services when the Office of Disability Services determines such modifications are needed for equal access. Modifications may include, but are not limited to:

A.  Academic Requirements: Accommodations can include changes in the length of time permitted for completion of degree requirements, substitution of specific courses required for the completion of degree requirements, adaptation of the manner in which specific courses are conducted, and elimination of rules which have the effect of limiting the participation of students with disabilities, such as rules prohibiting use of recorders in classrooms.

B.  Examinations: Alternative methods for evaluating the achievement of students who have a disability that impairs sensory, manual, or speaking skills that will best assure that the results of evaluation represent the student's achievement in the course, rather than reflecting the disability.

C.  Accessible Classrooms: WSU will move classes that are scheduled in inaccessible rooms to accessible rooms on request if a student has a disability that affects their access and alternative course sections are not a viable option because of schedule conflicts or other reasonable restrictions. Students needing new classroom assignments should contact the Office of Disability Services as soon as possible to allow adequate time for classroom changes. 

D.  Auxiliary Aids and Adaptive Equipment: Auxiliary aids include services, equipment, and procedures that allow students with disabilities access to learning and activities in and out of the classroom. They include but are not limited to: sign language interpreters, real time captioning services, adaptive technology, alternative media, exam accommodations, etc. The Office of Disability Services has information on procedures and timelines for use of WSU-provided auxiliary equipment.

IV. Appeal and Complaint Procedures

A.  Accommodation Appeal Process

1.  Division of Student Affairs

If a student believes an accommodation or adjustment has not been appropriately determined or reasonable accommodations have not been provided, the student has the right to appeal the determination or provision to the Vice President for Student Affairs (Appeal Forms available via Disability Services)
, or

2.  Office of Equal Opportunity

If a student is not satisfied after utilizing the appeal process through the Office of Disability Services, the student may seek assistance from the Office of Equal Opportunity:

Director of Equal Opportunity, Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount Street, Human Resources Building
Wichita, KS 67260
(316) 978-3187

B.  Discrimination

1.  Office of Equal Opportunity

Students alleging discrimination in the University’s employment practices, educational programs or activities on the basis of a protected status, including disability, may contact the following individual:

Director of Equal Opportunity, Wichita State University
            1845 Fairmount Street, Human Resources Building

            Wichita, KS 67260
           
(316) 978-3187

A complaint form can be found here. Complaints will be processed following the procedure outlined in Section 3.47, Discrimination Review Procedures for Student, Employees and Visitors.

2.  U.S. Department of Justice

Individuals alleging disability discrimination may also file an Americans with Disabilities Act complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice. Complaints can be filed electronically, by fax or by mail.

             Electronically:                       Follow instructions on the online complaint form found at:
                                                            www.ada.gov/filing_complaint.htm

  Mail:                                       U.S. Department of Justice
                                                            950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
                                                            Civil Rights Division – Disability Rights Section/1425 NYAV
                                                            Washington, DC 20530
                                                            Fax:   (202)307-1197

             ADA information line:              (800)514-0301 – voice
                                                            (800)514-0383 – TTY

V.  Definitions 

A.  “Accessible” means: All individuals are able to independently acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services within the same time frame as all other individuals, with substantially equivalent ease of use.

B.  “Qualified” means: A qualified student with a disability is a student with a disability who meets the academic and technical standards requisite for admission or participation in the institution's educational program or activity.

C.  “Instructional staff” means: All individuals who provide any course-related instruction to WSU students, including, but not limited to, professors, lecturers, fellows, and teaching assistants.

VI.  Related Policies

Section 3.02, Notice of Nondiscrimination
Section 3.47, Discrimination Review Procedures for Students, Employees and Visitors
Section 8.11, Accessible Content

Effective Date: 
August 8, 2017

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