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Our Policies, Procedures & Guidelines

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC Chapel Hill) ensures that no qualified person shall by reason of a disability be denied access to, participation in, or the benefits of, any program or activity operated by the University. Each qualified person shall receive reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to educational opportunities, programs, and activities in the most integrated setting appropriate.

This policy is consistent with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 , which states:

no otherwise qualified handicapped* individual in the United States. . . shall, solely by reason of. . . handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under, any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

This policy is also consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAAA) ]. The ADAAA replaces the word handicap with disabled/disability and is not based on an institution being a recipient of federal funding.

The policies and procedures that follow are the means by which the faculty, staff, and students of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill endorse and will apply the conditions of Section 504 and ADA to students.

A disability (handicap) is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

Major life activities include such things as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working.

Statement of Equal Educational Opportunity

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL POLICY STATEMENT ON NON-DISCRIMINATION

The University is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community and to ensuring that educational and employment decisions are based on individuals’ abilities and qualifications. Consistent with this principle and applicable laws, it is therefore the University's policy not to discriminate in offering access to its educational programs and activities or with respect to employment terms and conditions on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, genetic information, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.1 Such a policy ensures that only relevant factors are considered and that equitable and consistent standards of conduct and performance are applied.

A copy of the University's EPA and SPA Equal Opportunity Plans are available on the University's website http://www.unc.edu/depts/eooada/.
 

For educational materials:
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to equality of educational opportunity. The University does not discriminate in offering access to its educational programs and activities on the basis of race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, creed, genetic information, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. The Equal Opportunity/ADA Office (100 E. Franklin Street., Unit 110, CB #9160, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-9160 or (919) 966-3576)has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the University's non-discrimination policies. (February 2012)

Compliance

Responsibility for coordinating the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s compliance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAAA) and Subpart E of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, resides with the Office of Accessibility Resources & Service insofar as these laws apply to students with disabilities (telephone: 919-962-8300 711 Relay).

MEMO FROM THE EXECUTIVE VICE CHANCELLOR AND PROVOST

Subject: INFORMATIONAL: Serving Students with Disabilities

TO: All Faculty, EPA Non-Faculty and Staff Employees

FROM: Bruce Carney, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

DATE: August 27, 2012

RE: Serving Students with Disabilities

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to make its programs and facilities accessible to students with disabilities.  Students who seek reasonable accommodation for disabilities are required to identify themselves to the Office of Accessibility Resources & Service whose staff will inform and work with the students about the process to become eligible to receive assistance. 

The mission of the department is to work with faculty and staff to provide students with disabilities equal access to University services, programs, and activities.

In an effort to assist their students, individual faculty members and departments or professional schools may want to provide accommodations to students who have not identified themselves to Accessibility Resources.  When approached by a student who seeks an accommodation based on a disability or temporary medical condition, please refer the student to Accessibility Resources who will work with you and the student to determine what, if any, accommodations would be reasonable, and assist with implementation. 

Proctoring Examinations – in addition to proctoring examinations as an accommodation for students with disabilities, Accessibility Resources is prepared to assist faculty in proctoring make-up examinations for students who miss a scheduled examinations due to unforeseen medical reasons or in keeping with the new policy the observance of religious holidays (based on individual faculty examination make-up policy).

The Office of Accessibility Resources & Services is located in Suite 2126 in the Student Academic Services Building (SASB), between the Rams Center and Morrison Residence Hall. The staff can be contacted at 919.962.8300 (Voice or 919-711 ), email at accessibility@unc.edu or through the web at http://accessibility.unc.edu.  
Jim Kessler is the Director.

Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in this matter..