Academic Policies on Disabilities

Converse University complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 )as amended through 1998(, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the non- discrimination requirements of Section 35.107 of the Department of Justice regulations. Converse does not discriminate with regard to race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, religion or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. However, admission to undergraduate programs and courses is limited to women. As a recipient of federal funds such as Work/Study, Pell and SEOG Grants, and Perkins and Stafford Loans, Converse recognizes its responsibility to provide equivalent access to academically qualified students with documented disabilities while maintaining standards that are essential to the academic program. A student with a disability is someone with either a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Temporary impairments of short duration without permanent impact usually do not qualify as disabilities under the ADA.

Students are responsible for notifying the University of their need for accommodations, obtaining and submitting a Request for Accommodations Form to the Assistant Dean of Academic Support and Accommodations, providing supporting documentation in a timely manner, and actively participating in developing and implementing an accommodation plan for each term. As legal adults, students must self-advocate, and parents can be included in the process only with the student’s permission. Reasonable accommodations will be provided both to students and employees with disabilities upon written request. No otherwise qualified individual will be denied accommodations for a disability unless the accommodation would cause an undue hardship on the University.

Any faculty member who receives a request for academic accommodations on the basis of disability must refer the request to the Assistant Dean of Academic Support and Accommodations. No modification of the present program or promises of modification should be made until the Assistant Dean has made a recommendation.
Questions or concerns regarding ADA compliance should be addressed to the Vice President for Finance and Administration at 864.596.9028. Information on EEOC or Section 504 compliance issues can be obtained from the Director of Human Resources at 864.596.9029.