This institution complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and state and local requirements regarding students with disabilities. In compliance with federal and state regulations, reasonable accommodations are provided to qualified students with disabilities.
A request for accommodation is deemed reasonable if the request:
- is based on documentation that meets APUS published guidelines.
- does not compromise essential requirements of a course or program.
- does not impose a financial or administrative burden upon APUS beyond that which is deemed reasonable and customary.
The essential requirements of an academic course or program need not be modified to accommodate an individual with a disability.
Students whose accommodation requests are denied will not be discriminated or retaliated against if they appeal the decision.
Disability Accommodation Process
It is the student’s responsibility to identify him/herself to the university as having a disability and to submit any required documentation prior to engaging in any activity for which accommodation is being requested. For example, a request to retake a test or course due to a disability will not be considered for a test or course that a student has already taken. Since the documentation and review process may take some time, currently diagnosed students should submit any requests for a disability accommodation as soon as they are admitted to a program and prior to registering for courses.
- No accommodation requests may be granted by the university prior to a student notifying the university of his/her disability and submitting any required documentation thereof.
- Students must identify themselves to the Disability Services Accommodations (DSA) Officer and provide the required documentation as outlined in the Documentation Requirements section below at least thirty (30) days in advance of the desired start date of the accommodation being requested.
- It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that documentation meeting the published Documentation Requirements is submitted thirty (30) days prior to the desired start date of the accommodation being requested.
STEPS TO REQUESTING DISABILITY ACCOMMODATION:
- Student submits a written statement to the DSA Office outlining his or her disability. Statements can be emailed to DSA@apus.edu.
- Student submits documentation on the disability and accommodation request that meets the Documentation Requirements set forth below.
- The DSA Officer will review the submitted documentation with the Disability Support Services Committee.
- The DSA Officer will notify the student in writing to the student’s email address on record with the university of the decision to grant or deny the request within fifteen (15) days of receipt of all required documentation. If further documentation is required, the DSA Officer will notify the student in writing to the student's email address on record of what further information is needed to consider the request.
- It is the student's responsibility to request an accommodation from an instructor and to supply the instructor with a copy of his/her official DSA Award Letter at least ten (10) days prior to the accommodation being needed (If the accommodation request is for a course extension, the DSA Award Letter should be submitted to the instructor at the time the course extension request form is submitted to the instructor.).
- Only necessary information regarding the approved accommodation will be shared with the instructor; no medical history or other sensitive information regarding the student will be released.
A student whose disability accommodation request is denied or adjusted may submit an appeal in writing to the University Provost. The appeal must be made within fifteen (15)days of the accommodation being denied and should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Documentation to support a request for disability accommodation must be provided by the student and at the student’s expense. Such documentation must follow the guidelines listed below:
AGE OF DOCUMENTATION
- For Learning Disability Accommodations, documentation should be no older than 3 years if student is under 21 years of age. Older documentation will be accepted for students who are over 21 as long as the clinical testing was completed since the student reached the age of 18.
- For Mental Disability Accommodations, documentation should be clinical documentation created since the student reached the age of 18.
- For Physical Disability Accommodations, if the physical disability is a permanent condition, documentation of any age may be considered. For a physical disability that is based on a temporary condition, such as weakness caused by chemotherapy or other short-term treatments, clinical documentation should be less than 1 year old.
- The professional credentials of the evaluator including what training and experience the evaluator has with the diagnosis and treatment of adults. The evaluator should be a licensed professional in the appropriate field and qualified to diagnose adults.
- A specific medical diagnosis of the physical, mental, or learning disability.
- For learning disabilities, the names of the diagnostic tests used, evaluation dates, test scores, and interpretation of test results.
- A description of how the student is limited in functionality in a major life activity.
- Specific accommodation recommendations that are tied to the diagnosis and how the accommodations will affect the specific functional limitations of the student.
MEANS OF DELIVERY
A student may deliver documentation to support a request for disability accommodation by any of the following means:
Fax to 304-724-0909
Scan and email to DSA@apus.edu
Mail to: American Public University System
ATTN: Disability Accommodations
10110 Battleview Parkway, Suite 114
Manassas, VA 20109
Disability Services Accommodation Officer Contact Information
Students should contact the DSA Officer at DSA@apus.edu with any questions regarding disability accommodations and the procedures set forth above.
Director and Disability Officer
111 West Congress Street
Charles Town, WV 25414