Students are required to meet the technical standards set forth by the college/program in which they are enrolled, if applicable, with or without reasonable accommodations. RVU complies with federal and state law prohibiting discrimination against any applicant or enrolled student on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual preference, age, disability, or other protected status. In accordance with its obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 5.04 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, RVU does not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities in admission or in access to programs and activities.
A person with a disability is someone who has a physical or mental impairment that limits substantially one or more major life activity, such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, learning, walking, seeing, hearing, breathing, and working; has a record of such an impairment; or is regarded as having such an impairment. Although students with temporary illness or injury are not considered disabled by law, every reasonable effort to accommodate their needs will be exercised.
All requests for accommodation are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. This evaluation includes the review of clinical documentation and a determination of the reasonableness of the accommodation requests. Primary clinical documentation or other diagnostic information held by the RVU Disability Officer (the Director of Educational Support) is kept confidential and is released to a third party only with the student’s written permission or as required by law. General information about a student’s disability and accommodation request/s, however, may be shared with other RVU officials or, in limited circumstances, with third parties who have a legitimate need to know. The student’s disabilities file is maintained by the Disability Officer and is held separately from the student’s official academic record.
Although disclosure of a disability may not be necessary or appropriate for some, those who seek reasonable accommodations from RVU must follow the procedures outlined below.
To ensure complete documentation to support your need for accommodations, RVU will need “documentation of recent medical, psychological, psychometric, or educational assessment, including the date administered and evaluated by a qualified professional and the credentials of the professional performing the evaluation and testing. Documentation presented must be not older than 24 months prior to the date of the request for accommodations.”
- The clinician providing the documentation must be qualified to make the diagnosis in the area of specialization and may not have a personal relationship with the student.
- Documentation and evaluation conducted by a qualified professional must include:
- A specific medical diagnosis or the physical, mental or learning disorder
- A description of how the diagnosis was confirmed based on established diagnostic criteria. Diagnostic testing and methods must be those currently utilized in professional practices within the relevant field
- A description of how the diagnosis impacts a major life activity including education and the expected duration of the limitation
- The medical and educational history of the disability.
- Specific, realistic recommendation(s) for accommodations with a rational for the recommendations.
Request for ADA Accommodations Application (Word)