Westminster Theological Seminary is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to otherwise qualified students with disabilities. We have formulated this policy for addressing the educational needs of students with disabilities.
First, we aim to provide assurance that all reasonable measures will be taken by the Seminary to provide an equal opportunity for students with disabilities to study and thrive at Westminster in accordance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.
Second, this document serves as a guide for faculty, administration, and staff to reasonably accommodate and serve students with disabilities within the Seminary community. Federal and state law prohibit WTS from discriminating against otherwise qualified students with disabilities.
As defined by the law, “disability” is used to refer to a person who (1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of such an individual (2) has a record of such an impairment, or (3) is regarded as having such an impairment.
Reasonable accommodation refers to measures taken in the form of modification or adjustment to ensure that an otherwise qualified student has full and equal access to Seminary sponsored programs. Accommodation will vary depending on the class or activity and on the needs of the individual. The goal will be to accommodate the student and establish equity without giving unfair advantage.
Accommodation measures must not alter the material or challenge the integrity of the course, the material it is designed to impart, or the skills it wishes to evaluate. The measures are intended to be effective, and reasonable, but may not be exactly as the student wishes or requests.
It is the responsibility of the individual student to make any and all needs known to the Seminary as well as to their individual professors. Students must submit written documentation, including evaluation of their disability, to the Dean of Students prior to matriculation. Reasonable requests may include the addition of time to complete assignments or additional office hours with a faculty member.
After the documentation of the disability has been received and reviewed, measures for accommodation will be proposed by the Dean of Students in writing. Concerns or objections regarding the proposed accommodations should be brought to the Dean of Students.
Faculty and staff are advised to make accommodations for students who have taken the proper measures to bring their requests or concerns through the appropriate channels.
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