Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities are protected from unlawful discrimination by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended. The individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA and its Individualized Education Plan [IEP]) provisions do not apply to postsecondary schools.

Students are encouraged to identify any disabilities that may affect their ability to be successful at Wartburg College. In order to provide requested accommodations, Wartburg requires documentation of disabilities from an appropriately trained and credentialed professional. This documentation may include the tests given, scores received, a suggested course of action for the individual student, and recommendations for the classroom. 

The Pathways academic success associate will work with students to make a referral for testing if they have not been evaluated. The expense of the testing is the responsibility of the student. All documentation should be sent to the Pathways Center. The Pathways academic success associate will work with the student to determine the appropriate notification of faculty and staff.

Wartburg College provides reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities to provide equal access to class and course materials. To receive accommodations, students are responsible to “self-identify” as having a disability and must provide valid and current documentation supporting such disability. Additional academic support is available through the Supplemental Instruction program, in the Writing/Reading/Speaking Lab, and through academic success services in the Pathways Center. Other informal and personal support is available as needed to students with disabilities. For more information or to apply for accommodations, contact the Pathways academic success associate located in the Pathways Center at ext. 8230  or visit the Accessibility Services website. Appeals of decisions are made to the vice president for enrollment management at ext. 8335.

Facility Access

Although certain facilities are not fully physically accessible to handicapped persons, Wartburg College will take such means as are necessary to ensure that no qualified handicapped person is denied benefits, excluded from participation, or otherwise subject to discrimination because Wartburg College facilities are physically inaccessible to or unusable by handicapped persons. The accessibility standard required by federal law for “existing facilities” is that the recipient’s program or activity, when viewed in its entirety, must be readily accessible to handicapped persons. Wartburg College may meet this standard through such means as reassignment of classes or other services to accessible locations, redesign of equipment, assignment of aides, alteration of existing facilities, and construction of accessible facilities. Wartburg College is not required to make structural changes in existing facilities where other methods are sufficient to comply with the accessibility standard described here. 

Because scheduling classes and arranging housing in accessible facilities may require reasonable advance planning, handicapped students should identify themselves to the Pathways associate for testing and disability services within 30 days of acceptance for admission or as soon as reasonably possible and indicate the kind of accommodation needed. Pathways is in the Vogel Library, third floor, or can be reached at 319-352-8615.

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