Under the umbrella of the College of Applied Studies and Academic Success (CASAS), the Office of Disability Academic Support was created to coordinate academic support services for Liberty University students who have documented disabilities.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability against students in institutions of higher education. Section 504 mandates “reasonable” accommodations to provide equal program access to all students with disabilities. Faculty must provide accommodations that meet the special needs of each student with a disability. Developing reasonable accommodations is a real challenge for everyone involved.
A disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of the individual.
Specific disabilities include, but are not limited to, the following: blindness or visual impairment; chronic illnesses; psychiatric and emotional disabilities (ADHD, anxiety and related disorders, depression, etc.); deafness or hearing impairments; epilepsy or seizure disorders; orthopedic impairment; specific learning disability; speech disorder; spinal cord or traumatic brain injury; and neurological and neuro-muscular disorders.
The university has an obligation to make reasonable accommodations in policies, practices or procedures when accommodations are needed to prevent discrimination on the basis of disability unless making the accommodations would fundamentally alter the nature of the service, program or activity, or would result in undue financial and administrative burdens.
A student who requests accommodations is required to sign a waiver form each semester giving Disability Support Advisors permission to send written summaries of the individual’s disability, as well as the requests for accommodations. Then each student is instructed to individually seek a private meeting with professors to discuss any accommodations that may be necessary. Professors only need to arrange for those accommodations which have been identified.
A student who requests accommodations is required to contact the Associate Director of Academic Support each semester giving permission to send summaries of the individual’s disability, as well as the requests for accommodations. Then each student is instructed to make contact with their professors to discuss any accommodations that may be necessary. Professors only need to arrange for those accommodations which have been identified.
Students with documented disabilities may be eligible for some of the following services:
Phone: (434) 582-2159
Location: Religion Hall 126
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services has been providing services to the Deaf and hard of hearing since 1973. We recognize that each student is an individual with distinct strengths and challenges. We encourage self-advocacy and endeavor to provide the necessary accommodations to equalize their opportunities for success. Some of the more frequently requested services from this department are:
Coordinator of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, Interpreter
Phone: (434) 592-5602
Location: Green Hall, Room 1837M
Phone: (434) 592-4016
Fax: (434) 582-2297
Location: Religion Hall 126