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Disability Support Services Policy

University of the Sciences in Philadelphia recognizes that a diverse campus community is essential to enriching intellectual exchanges and enhancing cultural understanding, and as such, values equality of opportunity, mutual respect, and diversity. The University, therefore, is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to all members of the University community who have documented disabilities.

Two pieces of legislation, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities in the programs, services and activities of public entities, including post-secondary institutions. The University is therefore mandated both philosophically and legally to provide reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified individuals. This applies to virtually all aspects of campus activities, including employment, academic studies, student programming, and services provided to the community at large. University’s reasonable accommodation process is to provide reasonable support to meet the individual needs of this diverse population, which includes faculty, staff, prospective and enrolled students, and others involved in the University’s services and programs. Accommodations may be altered based on the individual’s needs, changes in the law, or changes in the University’s curriculum, programs, job requirements or services.

Contacts

Faculty or Staff Members:

If you are a faculty or staff member who may have a disability and would like to request accommodations, please contact the Executive Director of Human Resources at 215.596.8800 x 1154.

Students:

If you are a student who may have a disability and would like to request accommodations, please contact the Administrator of Student Accomodations at 215.596.8758.

If any individual who has been approved for an accommodation experiences a delay in the implementation of an approved accommodation, is discriminated against due to an approved accommodation, or is denied an approved accommodation, that individual should contact the (students) Assistant Dean of Students or (faculty and staff) Director of Human Resources who will work with that individual, and try to informally resolve any concerns.

If the informal approach does not result in a mutually agreeable outcome, the unresolved issue should be presented in writing to the Affirmative Action Officer (AAO). The written request must be submitted within 10 working days after the last meeting with the Assistant Dean of Students or Director of Human Resources. It should provide the name and address of the individual filing the complaint, and a brief description of the alleged violation. Upon receiving the written request, the AAO will investigate the complaint and render a decision within 30 working days of receiving the complaint. The AAO’s decision is final and cannot be appealed within the University.

If the complainant is a student, and who is not satisfied with the AAO’s decision, she or he has the right to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education. Faculty and staff have the right to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Disclaimer

Due to the continual changes in law, University of the Science’s Disability Support Services Policies and Procedures herein are living documents subject to fluctuation. University of the Sciences periodically reviews the policies and procedures and may revise them, with or without notice. These policies and procedures are not a contract; rather, they serve as guidelines, designed to be used by faculty, staff, prospective and enrolled students, and others involved in the University’s services and programs in assessing proper procedures and accommodations.

This web page created: April 21, 2005
Last updated: May 7, 2012

 

 

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