Disability and Accommodations Policy
EC-Council University seeks to create an accessible university community where students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the educational experience. EC-Council University recognizes its obligation under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and commits to the success of its students and faculty by prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability and requiring reasonable accommodations to qualified disabled students in all programs and activities. Students with disabilities do not have to self-disclose or register with the University Accommodations Coordinator, although the University encourages them to do so. Students seeking academic accommodations or adjustments must contact the University Accommodations Coordinator to request such services. Students who are unsure who to contact should check with their Academic Dean or Academic Advisor.
The University uses the definition of disability outlined in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act (ADAAA), which states that a disabled person is anyone who:
- Has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities
- Has a record of such impairment
- Is regarded as having such impairment
Students must demonstrate that their need for academic adjustments or other reasonable accommodation is based solely on their permanent disability, after a student submits their documentation, the University Accommodations Coordinator will determine eligibility as well as appropriate and reasonable accommodations. Students need to repeat their request for accommodations every year.
Students at Private post-secondary institutions are protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAAA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. When serving students with disabilities, institutions must comply with these laws, which stipulate that they:
- cannot discriminate in college recruitment, admission, or after admission based solely on as student’s disability;
- are required to make individual, reasonable accommodations at no cost to students with documented disabilities (please note that accommodations which would cause an undue hardship on the College, may not be required);
- provide equal access and participation to students who qualify for an educational program;
- make modifications “as necessary” to ensure that academic requirements are not discriminatory;
- inform students of available services, academic adjustments, and the name of the coordinator of support services (this is the University Accommodations Coordinator or UAC at EC-Council University) and
- provide written information on how to access services or request accommodations.
Accommodations are services, teaching approaches, compensatory strategies, changes, or modifications in the learning environment that enable students with documented disabilities to demonstrate their ability to perform the essential skills and functions required in a program or course. Accommodations are intended to ensure equal access to learning opportunities and to allow equal program participation. For example, an interpreter provides access to lectures and to discussions for a student who has a disability in Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The knowledge that is to be learned by the student remains the same as for all students.
Post–secondary institutions may provide academic adjustments if they do not change course outcomes or program requirements or place an undue burden on the institution. For example, reducing the acceptable level of skill required to pass an exam may result in a student not mastering a task that is required for safe and competent performance in the student’s chosen field. Modifications such as this are not appropriate in preparing students for successful futures. Accommodations are intended to ensure access that allows students with disabilities to compete equally with their non-disabled peers. Not all accommodations are appropriate for every student.
- Contact the University Accommodations Coordinator (UAC) at [email protected]
- Complete the required forms according to the process provided by the UAC.
- Once all documentation is submitted, ECCU Disability Services will review your documentation within 2-3 weeks of receipt to determine your eligibility and provide appropriate accommodations if determined applicable.
Services provided are confidential. ECCU does not release information to any persons or agencies without the written consent of the student. Information may be released pursuant to a subpoena or under circumstances that might pose a danger to the student or others, in situations of suspected child abuse, or under circumstances where ECCU officials have a need to know.
In order to receive accommodations, the student must meet the following criteria:
- Have documented disability (documentation must be supplied) that presents a significant barrier to the educational process
- Request services from a faculty member or the University’s professional staff counselor
Students are required to provide the professional staff counselor with medical or psychological documentation in order to receive accommodations. All medical information remains confidential and is only released to other University personnel with the student’s written permission.
EC-Council University encourages diversity within its student body and strives to provide its students with a secure and safe environment conducive to learning. The student’s rights consist of the following but are not limited to:
- Students will have the web course materials they need to complete assignments and to participate in group or class sessions.
- EC-Council University ensures that all students will be treated equally.
- EC-Council University will make available the necessary services for required proctored examinations, however the cost of these services will be borne by the student.