The University office that is designated to determine eligibility of services and ensure equitable access for students with disabilities is the office of the Accessibility Resource Center and is located in D. Toward this end, the University will continue to develop and coordinate policies and procedures and provide services and access to employment, academic programs, co-curricular activities, and facilities. The Chancellor and administrative officers will provide leadership in improving access for people with disabilities and will be responsible for implementing the principles of equal access at the University. The University will organize disability services in a way that promotes, to the greatest extent possible, increased independence for people with disabilities and that engages the entire campus community in access issues.
The goal of reasonable accommodations will be to increase rather than decrease opportunities for people with disabilities. In order to respect the independence, rights, and dignity of people with disabilities, the initiative requesting an accommodation or identifying oneself as having a disability must come from the affected individual. The University will treat data on people with disabilities with confidentiality in accordance with data privacy laws and established University regulations. The university is not allowed, by law, to ask if a prospective student has a disability prior to admission. The admissions office makes every attempt to judge an application on its merits.
Staff from the Accessibility Resource Center request disability-related documents from the appropriate licensed professionals to certify students as having a disability and to determine reasonable accommodations.
Professionals providing documentation may not be family members.
Consultation with faculty, staff, and outside professionals regarding essential elements and reasonable accommodations will occur in situations that are new, complex or sensitive by permission of the students. The Accessibility Resource Center will outline the process for the provision of reasonable accommodations and will present this verbally and in writing to the students. Who is responsible for the provision of the accommodations; 2.10.b. The letters also invite faculty to contact the Accessibility Resource Center if there are concerns or questions about the accommodations.
In determining reasonable accommodations the following questions will be answered: 2.8.f.1. When the accommodations will be provided; and, 2.10.c. Instructors will be expected to assist with the provision of accommodations when reasonable and necessary.
The administration provides appropriate services, including: 1) support, counseling, and information, 2) academic assistance services, 3) advocacy services, and 4) physical assistance within the classroom. In general, University policy calls for reasonable accommodations to be made for students with disabilities on an individualized and flexible basis. The University prohibits and actively discourages discrimination against people with disabilities.
It is the responsibility of students with disabilities, however, to seek available assistance at the University and to make their needs known. Toward this end, the University community will continue to develop training and resources to promote sensitivity and awareness of disability issues. The University is committed to providing equal access and reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities.
UNC-P is obligated to make reasonable accommodation only to the known limitations of otherwise qualified disabled students.
The cost of obtaining documentation is the responsibility of the students.
If the initial documentation is incomplete or inadequate to determine the extent of the disability and reasonable accommodations, the office has the discretion to require additional documentation.
1.1 UNC Pembroke is committed to equality of educational opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees based on color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability.
UNC Pembroke is committed to providing services for all students with disabilities in accordance with Sections 504 and 508 of the rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 2009. It is the policy of the University that services are available for any student who can document a disability.
It is also important for prospective students to understand that, if they include documentation with their application and are admitted, this does not necessarily mean that they are guaranteed to receive services.