Wright Graduate University employs and admits individuals without regard to gender, age, race, national origin, sexual orientation, political affiliation or belief, religion or disability and affords students all rights, privileges, programs, employment services and opportunities generally available. WGU complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and does not discriminate on the basis of disability. Additional information about this policy or about assistance to accommodate individual needs is available from the Chancellor, who also serves as the campus ADA coordinating official.
ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
WGU Policy for the Provision of Reasonable Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
The Wright Graduate University for the Realization of Human Potential complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and does not discriminate on the basis of disability. The University provides equitable accommodations to students with disabilities admitted to study at the University in accordance with the following procedures. As the term is used herein, “equitable accommodations” refer to those academic adjustments, services, and aids provided to otherwise capable students with disabilities to facilitate equal access to University programs and activities. The Chancellor, Dr. Mike Zwell, is the designated disability services coordinator to assure compliance with and implementation of the University’s responsibilities under these laws.
Students requesting accommodations from the University are required to complete the accommodation request form and submit documentation to verify eligibility. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (as amended), individuals with disabilities are guaranteed equal access to programs and services; therefore, the documentation should indicate that the disability substantially limits one or more major life activities.
1) Students are responsible for informing the University of their status as a person with a disability and their need for equitable accommodations. Students seeking equitable accommodations are encouraged to contact the Chancellor's Office by phone at (312) 919-9494 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is the responsibility of the student to present appropriate documentation of a disability to the University in a timely manner to secure accommodations, which cannot be made retroactively. It is recommended that students contact the Chancellor and provide appropriate documentation of the disability at least six weeks prior to the course start date to allow the University enough time to effectively provide reasonable accommodations (e.g., interpreter, real-time captioning services, or conversion of print-based materials into accessible formats). Please note that the amount of time needed to arrange any particular accommodation may vary.
2) Documentation of a disability should be as current as possible, and consideration will be given to the type of disability, type of documentation, and current legal guidelines. Depending on the type of disability, documentation may include, but not be limited to, a school plan such as an individualized education program (IEP) or 504 plan; a comprehensive assessment battery and diagnostic report; or a record of a disability from another institution of higher education. All psychological/medical reports must include the name, title, and professional credentials of the evaluator. All reports should be on letterhead stationary, typed, dated, signed, and legible.
Documentation for any disability should include as much of the following as possible:
- Diagnosis of disability
- Description of any medical and/or behavioral symptoms associated with the disability
- Identification of medications, and side effects, that could significantly impact the student in an academic environment
- Statement specifying functional limitations caused by the particular disability
- Any recommended accommodations associated with the identified functional limitations
The Chancellor develops and coordinates plans for the provision of reasonable accommodations. Students will be notified of reasonable accommodations within seven business days of registering with the University and submitted all appropriate documentation. The University may decline requests for accommodations that impose an undue hardship on the institution or that require the fundamental alteration of academic standards, programs, or coursework. A student may appeal reasonable accommodation decisions by following the University’s student complaint/grievance process in the Catalog (page 69). Students may also contact the Chancellor’s Office with any questions or concerns.