Instructors need to have a clear understanding of the possible
educational implications of specific disabilities. They need to be
aware that students with disabilities may require certain
adaptations, and it is important that they be receptive and
responsive to students who are eligible for such adaptations. There
are a variety of characteristics, problems, and accommodations
necessary for students with disabilities that may be encountered
within the classroom setting. Such accommodations are discussed
Introduction ~ View Section Statements
Butler University is committed to treating all individuals
within the University in a fair and equitable manner. Furthermore,
it is the policy and practice of the University to comply with the
Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Under these laws, no qualified
individual with a disability will be denied access to or
participation in services, programs and activities of Butler
In compliance with the above federal laws and applicable
regulations, appropriate academic adjustments and/or reasonable
modifications will be provided to qualified individuals with
properly documented disabilities. A qualified individual with a
disability is a person who with or without reasonable
accommodations can perform the essential requirements of a program
or a course of study. The essential elements of an academic course
or program need not be fundamentally altered in order to
accommodate an individual with a disability.
The primary purpose of Student Disability Services is to
facilitate the education of students with disabilities by acting as
a point of coordination for support services. Any student with a
documented physical or mental impairment that limits one or more of
life's major activities may qualify. Students who feel they may
require assistance through this Office should establish eligibility
in the following manner:
Disclosure ~ View Section Statements
Disclose the Disability
- It is the student's responsibility to contact Student
Disability Services to report the disability. Ideally, this should
be done as soon as possible after acceptance to the University or
immediately following an injury or a diagnosis of a disorder.
Reporting the disability to any other department or representative
of the University will not initiate the official procedure needed
to establish eligibility for support services.
Submit Documentation ~ View Section Statements
Documentation must be in written form.
- Typically, documentation should be current within three to five
years. However exceptions are sometimes necessary depending upon
the individual case. In some situations, verification is requested
every 12 months. Up-to-date information outlining the student's
current level of functioning is often essential in assessing the
current need for specific accommodations.
- Documentation should be in accordance with University
Documentation Guidelines which are specific to the particular
disability. These guidelines are available upon request.
- Documentation must be based on an evaluation from the
appropriately credentialed professional.
- Example: a physical condition is generally diagnosed by a
physician, ophthalmologist, audiologist, physical therapist,
- Example: a diagnosis of a learning disability should typically
come from a professional who is considered to be trained and
qualified to evaluate specific learning disabilities in adolescents
and adults: psychologists, learning disabilities specialists,
- Example: a student with an emotional illness should be
diagnosed by a psychologist, psychiatrist, or other qualified
licensed mental health provider.
No Current Documentation? ~ View Section Statements
If There Is No Current Documentation
- Review this policy and the University Documentation Guidelines
(available upon request) with the professional who will be
conducting the evaluation. In this way, the evaluation can be
individualized to fit the student's diagnostic needs as well as to
include University requirements. The evaluation is to be done at
the student's own expense.
Requests for Accommodation ~ View Section Statements
Requests for Accommodation
- Receipt and review of documentation must occur before requests
can be considered.
- Diagnosis (if found) should be specific in nature.
Recommendations for adjustments (if found to be needed) can be very
helpful if they are directly linked to the diagnostic data.
- Requests will be considered on an individualized case by case
basis. Because "not all students with a similar handicap benefit
equally from an identical auxiliary aid or service" ( U.S.
Department of Education, 1991) the documentation will serve as a
foundation to substantiate the need for the requested
Plan of Service ~ View Section Statements
Plan of Service
- If the documentation substantiates the need for accommodations,
a plan of assistance will be developed.
Implementing Modifications ~ View Section Statements
- If the student wishes to access the accommodations, he/she must
grant written permission for the Office of Student Disability
Services to issue a letter of notification to pertinent faculty
members. This letter verifies that the student has a documented
disability. It also delineates the suggested accommodations.
- Students who are requesting accommodations should allow one
week advance notice to ensure appropriate and timely consideration
of accommodations. Otherwise, there is no guarantee that the
accommodations can be considered on a timely basis.
- Support services do not include services/equipment of a
Confidentiality ~ View Section Statements
The disclosure of information regarding a disability is
voluntary and will not result in discriminatory action. The
submitted information is regarded as strictly confidential and will
be shared with other University officials only on an as needed
basis and with student or parental permission (depending on the
For questions, additional information, or to request University
Documentation Guidelines, please contact:
Student Disability Services
FAX: (317) 940-9036
Jordan Hall Room 136
4600 Sunset Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208