St. John Paul II explained that “human beings, independently of the conditions in which they live or of what they are able to express, have a unique dignity and a special value from the very beginning of their life until the moment of natural death.” But the recognition of the dignity of each person cannot remain simply a slogan. “People with disabilities,” for example, “must be enabled to participate in social life as far as they can, and helped to fulfil all their physical, psychological and spiritual potential.” Efforts to assist the disabled, moreover, must consider the needs of the individual. “Indeed, justice calls for continual and loving attention to the lives of others and a response to the special and different needs of every individual, taking into consideration his or her abilities and limitations.” (Message of John Paul II on the occasion of the International Symposium on the Dignity of the Mentally Disabled Person, January 5, 2004).
As part of its implementation of its commitment to the dignity of disabled students, and in compliance with applicable laws such as Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended (ADA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Section 504), the University of Dallas does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of disability in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, or university facilities. The University takes active measures to prevent such conduct and immediately investigates and takes remedial action when appropriate. The University also prohibits and takes actions to prevent retaliation against individuals who report or file a complaint of disability discrimination or harassment, participate in an investigation, or oppose any form of disability discrimination or harassment.
Any student who believes that he or she has experienced or has observed discrimination or harassment, or a failure to provide reasonable accommodations, at the University of Dallas should notify the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator, Joshua Skinner, J.D. (972-721-5056; email@example.com). The Coordinator assists in an informal resolution of the complaint or guides the complainant to the appropriate individual or process for resolving the complaint.
In order to facilitate the participation of students with disabilities in the life of the community, and in accordance with University policy and state and federal regulations, the University provides reasonable accommodations that provide students with disabilities meaningful access to the benefits provided by the University.
“People with disabilities must be enabled to participate in social life as far as they can, and helped to fulfil all their physical, psychological and spiritual potential.” - St. John Paul II
Students requesting accommodations should submit their request online here. Supporting documentation should be submitted through e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once submitted, the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator will review the request to determine if the student has a qualifying condition under the ADA/Section 504. The Coordinator will also verify that a credentialed professional substantiates the student's request and that the assessment has been conducted within the past three years. Additional information regarding the supporting documentation required to substantiate a request for accommodation may be found here.
While the ADA and Section 504 apply at both the high school and college levels, they do not apply in exactly the same manner. The United States Department of Education has provided a helpful guide for students that explains some of the important differences between the way disability accommodations apply in the high school and college environments. That guide can be found here.
If you are a visitor to the University of Dallas seeking a disability accommodation, please contact the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator. If you are an employee of the University, please contact Human Resources at email@example.com.
Students who have been granted a testing accommodation that necessitates a proctor may submit online here their request for a specific test to be proctored.
For additional information and for answers to frequently asked questions, please check here.