Monmouth University recognizes the needs of students with disabilities who are capable, with appropriate assistance, of excelling in a demanding university environment. Accommodations and a supportive environment contribute to our students' success. Students with disabilities are enrolled in regular courses and participate fully in the life of the University. Each one's status as a student with a disability is considered confidential.
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 provide that no otherwise qualified person with a disability (student/employee/applicant) shall by reason of the disability be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefit of any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. An otherwise qualified individual with respect to post secondary education is one who meets the essential academic requirements and who, with reasonable academic accommodations, can fully participate in and perform the essential functions of the degree experience.
Support services are available to students with physical, medical, learning, and psychiatric/psychological disabilities. Students with documented disabilities may request reasonable accommodations or auxiliary aids that will enable them to fully participate in programs and activities at Monmouth University.
Monmouth offers the following enhanced support services:
The Department of Disability Services for Students (DDS) is the contact office for students with physical, medical, learning, and psychiatric/psychological disabilities.
Adjustments and modifications to a student's program of study are assessed on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the appropriate academic personnel and in consideration of University policy.
To receive services, students must submit current and adequate documentation of a condition that substantially affects a major life function to the Department of Disability Services for Students. The documentation must present a diagnosis and provide evidence for the need of particular academic accommodations. The student should contact the DDS for the documentation required. Upon one's decision to attend Monmouth University, documentation should be submitted to the DDS.
For students with learning disabilities to be eligible for services and accommodations, adequate documentation must be submitted that includes a diagnosis of a learning disability and provides evidence for particular academic or accommodations. Documentation should include valid standardized testing administered by school or private professionals with scores, reports, and recommendations. The student's Individual Education Plan (IEP) should be included as well. Documentation must be current (typically within three years) so that it is relevant to the university experience.
The following tests reveal the most relevant data for students with learning disabilities and are preferred by Monmouth University:
Students should request services in writing and should forward documentation by May 15th (for fall admission) or January 1 (for spring admission) to the DDS. The information will enable the University to plan for any assistance that might be needed.
Students seeking accommodations should:
All students who wish to apply to Monmouth University should submit an application to the Office of Admission. Students meeting regular admission criteria will be admitted regardless of disability. All questions regarding the admission process should be directed to the University admission office.
Any student having a complaint or observation about a possible discriminatory act or practice should contact the ADA/504 coordinator in the Office of Affirmative Action, Human Relations, and Compliance.