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, the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008, 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 disability.
A person with a disability is generally defined as any individual who has:
- A physical or mental impairment;
- 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.
Students with disabilities at Shepherd University have the right to:
- Equal access to curricular and co-curricular programs across campus, including academic courses, student services, employment, and student activities;
- Reasonable and appropriate accommodations; Information available in a timely manner and in an accessible format;
- Expect all disability-related information will be treated confidentially by all University employees; and
- Appeal any disability-related accommodation decision.
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.
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 persons with disabilities have access to all campus programs, services and functions.
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 the Offices for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice. 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. Students are also covered under the West Virginia White Cane Law which may provide additional, separate protections. 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