Policy and Guidelines Applying to Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability
It shall be the policy of Cardinal Stritch University to
comply with the Rehabilitation Act and Americans with Disabilities Act and
regulations tested there under to the extent applicable to Cardinal Stritch
ADA Definition of a Disability
A "person with a disability" is anyone with a physical or
mental condition that substantially limits one or more major life activities,
such as caring for oneself, performing
manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and
working. In addition to those people who
have visible disabilities—persons who are blind, deaf, or use a wheelchair -
the definition includes a whole range of invisible disabilities. These may
include mental illness, learning disabilities, or some chronic health
conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, cardiac problems,
HIV/AIDS condition, and more. An individual is considered to be a person with a
disability if he/she has a documented disability. In order to offer the
appropriate accommodation and assistance whenever possible, documentation of
the disability is required.
A. Disability Disclosure
A student or an applicant for admission may disclose the presence of a
disabling condition and request the accommodations indicated in his/her
documentation by contacting the Disability Coordinator within the Student
Support department of the Student Success Center. In order for the Student
Support department to notify a student's instructors of disability
accommodations, that student must sign a release of information form in the
Center. Faculty notification does not replace the student's responsibility to
communicate directly with each instructor to discuss accommodation details.
Each semester, it is the student's responsibility to share his/her schedule
with the Student Support Center so that appropriate instructors may be
B. Confirmation of a Disability.
It is the
responsibility of the
student to provide
medical or other diagnostic documentation of his or her
disability as requested. Documentation of disabilities should be directed to the
department of Student Support within the Student Success Center. Students may
be required to participate in such additional evaluation of limitations as may
be necessary prior to receiving requested accommodations. Each student shall be
expected to make timely and appropriate disclosures and requests and to engage
in appropriate levels of self-help in obtain- ing and arranging for
accommodations or auxiliary aids, including applying for funding for
specialized support services from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.
C. Institutional Documentation
All requests for and subsequent University response for accommodations
will be documented the Disabilities Coordinator within the department of
D. Statement of Confidentiality
Disability information will be
shared within the University community on a need to know basis in accordance
with applicable laws. Documentation of disabilities will be kept in the
department of Student Support within the Student Success Center.
E. Appeal of Denied
If a student who is denied
requested accommodations wishes to appeal the decision, he/she may do so in
accordance with the following procedure.
E. Appeal of Denied Accommodation Requests
If a student who is denied requested accommodations wishes to appeal
the decision, he/she may do so in accordance with the following procedure.
F. Grievance Procedures Relating to Section 504 and The Americans
with Disabilities Act
The person who believes he/she has a valid basis for complaint shall
address the concern in writing with the Disabilities Coordinator who shall, in
turn, investigate the complaint in consultation with the Director of Student
Support and reply to the complainant in writing within ten days. If the
complainant feels that the grievance has not been satisfactorily settled,
further appeal may be made to the Special Needs Hearing Committee.
The Special Needs Hearing Committee is convened by the Director of
Student Support and is composed of members of the University community who
serve on the Student Affairs Committee and who have not participated in the
investigation of the complaint. If the Student Affairs Committee representative
of the student’s college is unavailable or has been directly involved in the
situation, the chair will invite another representative to participate, in
order to insure adequate understanding of the program in which the student is
If the student needs accommodations in order to fully participate in
the committee meeting, s/he should discuss his or her needs with the
Disabilities Coordinator. The Special
Needs Committee will have access to all documentation of the complaint and will
convene to hear any further information from, or on behalf of, the student who
is rendering the complaint. The student is able to bring a member of the
University community with him or her as a support person. This individual may
not speak for, or on behalf of, the student, but may confer quietly with the
student, offering support and encouragement. This is not an adversarial
process, but rather a chance to gain a deeper understanding into the issues.
Accordingly, while a support person is permitted in the meeting, attorneys may
not be involved.
The committee will reply immediately to the complaint with a decision
that will be documented in writing within 48 hours of the hearing. As a part of
the process, the student is informed of the right to appeal and the procedures
to be followed. If the student feels that the grievance has not been
satisfactorily resolved, an appeal may be made to the Executive Vice President
for Academic Affairs. An appeal must be made in writing with specific reasons
why the individual believes an appeal is in order. The appeal must be made
within 48 hours of the decision of the special needs hearing committee.
All information previously collected on the case is turned over to the
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs in the event that an appeal is
requested. The Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, after reviewing
the information, will decide if there is sufficient information to warrant an
appeal. If the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs determined that
the appeal is in order, s/he may uphold the original decision, modify the
original decision, or make an alternate decision. The decision of the Executive
Vice President for Academic Affairs will be final.
Qualified persons will not be denied the benefits of or excluded from
participation in a University program or activity because University facilities
are inaccessible or unusable by persons with disabilities.
B. Existing Facilities
Each program or activity is operated so that it is readily accessible
to qualified persons with disabilities through means such as:
- Re-assignment of classes, staff or services to
an accessible location, or;
- Redesign of equipment or facilities after
individual case review.
Concern with classroom accessibility and concerns of accessibility to
other areas of the University should be addressed to the Disabilities
Coordinator and/or the Director of Student Support within the Student Success
C. New Construction
New facilities or parts of facilities constructed for the use of Cardinal
Stritch University will be designed and built so that they and their parts are
readily accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities. New construction
will be planned in accordance with the “Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Accessibilities Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities; Final Guidelines” and
federal or state building codes or other methods which provide equivalent
access to the facility or part of the facility.
D. Off-Campus Programming
Programs not wholly operated by Cardinal Stritch University that
require participation in educational activities or internships (for example, in
connection with student teaching assignments) will assure that these
activities, as a whole, provide an equal opportunity for the participation of qualified
persons with disabilities.
Since Cardinal Stritch University regularly holds classes, programs or
activities in facilities other than its own, steps will be taken to use
facilities which are accessible. Contractual or lease agreements will reflect
efforts to ensure accessibility. It is the responsibility of the prospective
enrollee to give sufficient advance notification of the need for any special
accommodation or auxiliary aids in order for the accommodations to be made.
Academic Support Services
A. Modification of Academic Requirements
Academic requirements will be modified as necessary to ensure that the
University does not discriminate against qualified students with disabilities.
These modifications cannot affect the substance of the educational programs or
compromise educational standards, nor should they intrude upon legitimate
academic freedom. Modifications may include changes in the length of time
permitted for the completion of degrees and adaptation of the manner in which
specific course requirements are met. Academic requirements that are essential
to programs of instruction or to any directly related licensing requirement
(e.g. requirement for nursing) are not subject to modification.
B. Modification of Program Examinations and Evaluations
Examinations or other procedures for evaluating students’ academic
achievement may be adapted for students who have disabilities. It is the
individual student’s responsibility to request necessary test accommodations
with the Disabilities Coordinator and the department of Student Support at the
beginning of each semester. Accommodations may include but need not be limited
to: enlarged materials, extended time, computer assisted, oral testing,
environment free from distractions, alternate formats, preferential seating or
test reader. These services are coordinated by the department of Student
Support within the Student Success Center.
The use of tape recorders or brailers in the classrooms or dog guides
in campus buildings is not prohibited. Students or participants in University
programs or activities may be required to sign an agreement that they will not
release tape recordings or transcriptions of lectures.
C. Provides General Academic Support
The Student Support department provides academic support for individual
qualified students as needed to meet course requirements. Support may include,
but need not be limited to, tutoring, note taking, enlarging materials and
A. Physical Education, Athletics, Similar Activities
Cardinal Stritch University will not discriminate on the basis of
disability in physical education, athletics, and similar programs and
activities. Qualified disabled students or participants in programs or
activities will be provided with an equal opportunity to participate in
physical education courses as offered, intercollegiate and intramural
athletics, or similar activities as long as the University can reasonably
accommodate their disability to allow such participation. All students and
participants in Cardinal Stritch University programs or activities must meet
the standards and requirements of behavior set by that particular program or
B. Financial Aid
Cardinal Stritch University will not provide less financial assistance
to students with disabilities than is provided to nondisabled students, limit
their eligibility for assistance, or otherwise discriminate against them.
Financial aid awards will recognize the special needs of students with
disabilities, including the possible need for reducing credit loads or
extending the time allowed to complete graduation requirements.
C. Advising, Counseling, Health and Placement Services
Personal, health, academic, or career counseling, guidance and
placement services will be provided in an accessible setting without
discrimination on the basis of disability.
Qualified students with disabilities upon application to the residence
life program will be provided with comparable, convenient and accessible
on-campus housing whenever possible.
E. Co-Curricular Activities
Before providing official recognition or assistance to campus
organizations, the Director of Student Experience within the Student Success
Center should receive assurance that the organization does not permit action
prohibited by this policy.