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Special Privileges
Receiving accommodations should not be regarded as giving the student, special privileges, but rather as minimizing the impact of the disability to the greatest extent possible. It is important to remember that the professor expects the same academic performance from disabled students as the other students. The ADA and Section 504 did not intend that institutions pass students as a result of their disability. Disabled students must adhere to the same codes of conduct required by the college for all students.
Course Substitutions
A substitution is not an appropriate modification if the course or content is found to be essential to the area of study and making a substitution would require a substantial change in an essential element of the curriculum. Students who have disabilities which may prevent them from being able to complete a required course in foreign language or quantitative area may petition for a course substitution when the following criteria are met:
  • current, relevant, and comprehensive documentation has been furnished which specifically explains the disability's influence on learning the materials of the course for which the student is requesting a substitution;
  • a personal statement from the student indicating the reason(s) for the request; and
  • a history of attempts to successfully complete the course (or similar materials) in the past while using accommodations. Course substitution cannot be considered as a option when the course is deemed essential for a degree requirement.
Services for International Students with Disabilities
International students are entitled to the same protection from nondiscrimination on the basis of disability as are U.S. citizens. Section 504 states the prohibition of discrimination covers any otherwise qualified person with a disability in the United States. Section 504 does not state the student has to be a citizen of the United States.
Audited Classes
The legislation states any student with a disability is eligible for services if the institution receives federal assistance. Therefore, audit classes are no different than classes taken for credit.
Personal Services such as a Personal Care Attendants (PCA)
The legislation indicates universities are not responsible to provide PCAs, readers for personal use or study, or other devices or services of a personal nature.