Disability Accommodation Policy

This policy describes the roles of individuals at Kennedy University of Leadership in ensuring that students with disabilities receive appropriate accommodations in their instructional activities, as mandated by Federal and State law and by University policy.

The fundamental principles of nondiscrimination and accommodation in academic programs were set forth in Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Title II; and their implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 104 and 28 C.F.R. Part 35 respectively.

These laws establish that students with disabilities may not, on the basis of their disabilities, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any Kennedy University of Leadership program or activity. Further, Kennedy University of Leadership must make sure that its academic requirements do not discriminate or have the effect of discriminating against persons with disabilities. Academic requirements that are justifiably essential to a student’s program of instruction are not considered discriminatory. Academic accommodations to which a student may be entitled include changes in the length of time allowed to complete the degree program requirements, substitution of specific courses required for the completion of degree requirements, and adaptation of the manner in which specific courses or examinations are conducted.

At Kennedy University of Leadership the Quality Assurance Manager primary functions are:

  1. advising Kennedy University of Leadership about policies and procedures related to the provision of academic accommodations for students with disabilities,
  2. recommending steps to be taken by Kennedy University of Leadership related to the provision of accommodations for instructors with disabilities,
  3. developing mechanisms for increasing the understanding of the faculty with respect to disabilities and their accommodation in an academic setting, and
  4. assisting Kennedy University of Leadership in resolving any disagreements with faculty that might arise concerning particular accommodations in an academic setting. 

The Quality Assurance Manager is the senior administrative officer responsible for Kennedy University of Leadership’s policies affecting persons with disabilities. The Quality Assurance Manager ensures that these policies are both educationally sound and responsive to the needs of students with disabilities.

If there is disagreement by faculty over the appropriateness of a particular academic accommodation, the Quality Assurance Manager (in consultation with the institution’s Academic Dean makes a final determination in the matter.

Accommodation Request Process

Students who wish to be considered for accommodation should self-disclose their disability to the Quality Assurance Manager by submitting an Accommodation Request Form, with recent documentation (not more than three years old) of such from a licensed Medical Professional. The Form and related documentation must be submitted to the Quality Assurance Manager via email or mail. The request will be reviewed and students will be notified of the institution’s decision within 14 business days of receipt. If approved, accommodations will be designed to assist students in successfully completing coursework. These accommodations will then be implemented in students’ coursework and/or communicated to faculty members in a timely manner.

Filing a Complaint

Students who wish to file a complaint regarding disability accommodations must be able to establish that he or she appropriately requested, in a timely manner, the desired accommodation. The student should refer to the institution’s Complaint Policy for filing complaints regarding disability accommodations or any other concerns.

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