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Rights and Responsibilities

Shepherd University seeks to empower students with disabilities to achieve their academic and personal goals.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and its subsequent amendments, Shepherd University is committed to fulfilling its ethical and legal responsibilities to ensure equal opportunity for all students. In addition, the University prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual on the basis of their disability. A person with a disability is generally defined as any individual who

Has a physical or mental impairment; has a record of such impairment; or is regarded as having such an impairment, and the impairment substantially limits one or more major life activities such as self-care, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, or learning. Disabilities can include, but are not limited to, mobility impairment, visual or hearing impairments, systemic (medical) conditions, psychological disorders (as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition), and learning impairments.

Students with disabilities at Shepherd University have the right to:

Students with disabilities must act as self-advocates. In order to obtain disability-related accommodations, students are responsible for completing all necessary forms and providing all requested documentation to the appropriate disability service provider. At a minimum, the documentation must be from an appropriate and authorized professional (e.g., physician, clinical psychologist), it must be timely, and it must verify the nature of the disability, the functional limitations it imposes, and the need for specific accommodations. The University will not be liable for any costs associated with obtaining such documentation.

All accommodations will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Please note that the University has an obligation to provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations to ensure that students with disabilities have access to all campus programs, services and functions. However, if the University can provide an accommodation that is equally as effective as the one requested by the student but is less expensive or less extensive, the University is not required to provide the more expensive or extensive one.

Schools, colleges, universities, and other educational institutions have a responsibility to ensure equal educational opportunities for all students, including students with disabilities. This responsibility is based on Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Title II), which are enforced by OCR. Section 504 covers all schools, school districts, and colleges and universities receiving federal funds. Title II covers all state and local entities, including school districts and public institutions of higher education, whether or not they receive federal funds. Disability harassment is a form of discrimination prohibited by Section 504 and Title II. Both Section 504 and Title II provide parents and students with grievance procedures and due process remedies at the local level. Individuals and organizations also may file complaints with OCR.

Contact information for the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, Philadelphia Office:

The Wanamaker Building

100 Penn Square East, Suite 515

Philadelphia, PA 19107

Telephone: 215-656-8541

Email: OCR.Philadelphia@ed.gov