Warner Pacific University provides academic adjustments and auxiliary aids for qualifying students consistent with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act along with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008*.

ADA eligibility, academic adjustments, and auxiliary aids process

Any student who has a documented disability that may require accommodation to fully participate in university courses should contact the Disabilities Resource Coordinator (503.517.1577) as soon as possible, if possible more than 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester in which you are seeking accommodations.

ADA eligibility, academic adjustments, and auxiliary aids appeals process

Unresolved issues about eligibility in general or specific academic adjustments and auxiliary aids may be appealed by the following process:

  • Submit a letter within 60 days of an ADA violation to the Disabilities Resource Coordinator describing your concerns for review.
  • If this does not satisfy your concerns, submit a letter for additional review to the Director of Academic Success. The letter will be presented at the next Academic Policy Committee meeting for their response.
  • Unresolved appeals will be forwarded to the Vice President of Student Life.
  • If the issue remains unresolved, the student may appeal to the Office of Civil Rights.

Guides

* The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008 (ADAA) updates the interpretations of the original ADA. Some of the clarifications made with the ADAA:

  • updated and broadened the definition of the term “disability”;
  • clarifies disability in regards to substantially limiting one or more major life activity;
  • provides that an applicant or employee is to be “regarded as” disabled if the individual is subject to an action prohibited by the ADA based on an impairment that is not transitory and minor; and
  • individuals covered only under the “regarded as” provision may not be entitled to reasonable accommodation.

The ADAA and Section 504 are not designed to ensure improved result, but to ensure equal opportunities of access.

The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008 was signed into law on September 25, 2008, taking effect on January 1, 2009.