Internal Governing Policies
#62 - Services for Students with Disabilities
Approved: April 4, 2011
In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended, the University shall not discriminate against students with disabilities. Provision of auxiliary aids and other academic adjustments shall be based on a case-by-case analysis of an individual student's need. Provision of services that would impose undue hardship on the University may be denied. Accommodations and auxiliary aids should be provided in such a way that they do not fundamentally alter or substantially modify institutional standards.
The Office of Disability Services (ODS) is charged with reviewing and approving student requests for accommodations/auxiliary aids on behalf of the University. It is the student’s responsibility to provide appropriate documentation to support accommodation requests according to current law and University procedures. Auxiliary aids, academic adjustments, or other special services determined to be necessary will be provided at no cost to the student.
The student must initiate the process of self-disclosure of a disability by contacting ODS. Documentation of a disability must be provided in accordance with ODS requirements, and accommodation requests should be submitted to ODS as soon as possible in order for accommodations to be implemented upon a student’s enrollment at the University. All employees are responsible for adhering to the accommodations and deadlines that have been approved by ODS.
A student who believes he/she has been discriminated against on the basis of a disability can seek resolution through the University’s Discrimination Complaint Procedures. Information and consultation concerning these procedures are available through the Office of Civil Rights and Diversity at 217-581-5020 or www.eiu.edu/civil/home/index.php.