Faculty Reference

Purdue University North Central is committed to providing equal educational opportunities to qualified students with disabilities by complying with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.This handbook has been prepared as a review of various disabilities that affect learning in the University setting and suggests possible accommodations for these students. Students with disabilities will vary in each category, thus this should only be a guide and each student’s instruction should be individualized.

Per the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, a person with a disability will be defined as one who:

  1. Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities;
  2. Has record of such impairment; or
  3. Is regarded as having an impairment.

Major life activities include: caring for oneself, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, learning and working.

A qualified student with a disability is one who meets the academic and technical standards of the University.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 states in part:

  • No otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

In order to comply with this statute, the University must assure that the same equal educational opportunities are available to students with disabilities that are available to other students. Students with disabilities must request accommodations and must provide current documentation to the Disability Services Coordinator.  This documentation must be completed by a qualified professional (physician, psychologist, psychiatrist, etc.

Questions regarding this policy may be directed to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Officer who also serves as the 504/ADA Compliance Officer or the Disability Services Coordinator.