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Accommodating disabilities

Consultation with faculty, staff, and outside professionals regarding essential elements and reasonable accommodations will occur in situations that are new, complex or sensitive by permission of the students. The Accessibility Resource Center will outline the process for the provision of reasonable accommodations and will present this verbally and in writing to the students. Who is responsible for the provision of the accommodations; 2.10.b. The letters also invite faculty to contact the Accessibility Resource Center if there are concerns or questions about the accommodations.In determining reasonable accommodations the following questions will be answered: 2.8.f.1. When the accommodations will be provided; and, 2.10.c. Instructors will be expected to assist with the provision of accommodations when reasonable and necessary.

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The goal of reasonable accommodations will be to increase rather than decrease opportunities for people with disabilities. In order to respect the independence, rights, and dignity of people with disabilities, the initiative requesting an accommodation or identifying oneself as having a disability must come from the affected individual. The University will treat data on people with disabilities with confidentiality in accordance with data privacy laws and established University regulations. The university is not allowed, by law, to ask if a prospective student has a disability prior to admission. The admissions office makes every attempt to judge an application on its merits.Reasonable accommodations are provided to ensure access to all courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities at UNC-P, including those that are off-site, such as study abroad, field trips, student teaching, internships and field work.The Accessibility Resource Center works closely with other departments to provide accommodations in all aspects of campus life. DSS provides or arranges a variety of auxiliary services to the UNCP community and visitors, such as sign language interpreting, document conversion, assistive technology, exam modifications and academic assistance. Certification and eligibility of services are the sole duty of the Accessibility Resource Center.It is not recommended that the student include actual documentation, because someone trained to interpret it must read documentation.Therefore, documentation of a disability is not requested until after students are at the university. In addition, documentation is very personal information and should only be kept in the files of the Accessibility Resource Center.This is another reason why it is not recommended that documentation be sent to the admissions office.

UNC-P realizes that it is extremely important that all information about a student's disabilityremain confidential and that it not be used in making an admission decision.

1.1 UNC Pembroke is committed to equality of educational opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees based on color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability.

UNC Pembroke is committed to providing services for all students with disabilities in accordance with Sections 504 and 508 of the rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 2009. It is the policy of the University that services are available for any student who can document a disability.

No information will be collected for administrative purposes except information that is essential for program development, implementation, determination of reasonable accommodation, or as required by law. College administrators, faculty, and staff will encourage institutional cooperation to collect, develop, and disseminate knowledge about creating accommodating environments for people with disabilities. The office of the Accessibility Resource Center is the only office sanctioned to determine eligibility for services under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act or any other laws affecting services for people with disabilities in a higher education setting. If the applicant's disability played some role in a problem on the transcript (i.e.

the student was not provided services or diagnosed until midway through high school or did not become disabled until later in high school), then it is suggested that the student write an additional essay or letter and indicate how that affected the student's work.

The administration provides appropriate services, including: 1) support, counseling, and information, 2) academic assistance services, 3) advocacy services, and 4) physical assistance within the classroom. In general, University policy calls for reasonable accommodations to be made for students with disabilities on an individualized and flexible basis. The University prohibits and actively discourages discrimination against people with disabilities.