Disability Services


University Rights & Responsibilities

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973), a person has a disability if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of his/her major life activities (e.g. walking, standing, seeing, speaking, hearing, breathing, learning, working or taking care of oneself), has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment.  Once admitted to BW, students may choose whether or not to disclose a disability.  However, students with disabilities will not receive accommodations unless they disclose their disability to DSS (Erin Kelley or Alsace Toure), make a formal request for accommodations (application, documentation and student welcome meeting) and follow the University procedures for obtaining accommodations. 

Baldwin Wallace University has a right to maintain academic standards, integrity and freedom.  This includes determining fundamental requirements of courses and programs, maintaining and enforcing conduct codes.  Fundamental requirements include:

  • Academic requirements that are essential to programs and instruction (e.g. spelling for teacher education, math for engineering majors). 
  • Accommodations should not fundamentally alter educational programs or compromise academic standards. 

Baldwin Wallace University has a responsibility of providing the following to a qualified student with a disability:

  • Provide equal access to all educational programs, services, facilities and activities
  • Provide reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services
  • Provide established written policies and procedures (including grievance)
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