C. Notice of Nondiscrimination

Applicants for admission and employment, students, employees' sources of referral of applicants for admission and employment, and all union or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with Southeast Missouri State University are hereby notified that this institution does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in, its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning Southeast Missouri State University's compliance with the regulations implementing ADA, Title VI, Title IX, or Section 504 is directed to contact the Assistant to the President for Equity Issues, One University Plaza, (573) 651-2524. The Assistant to the President for Equity Issues has been designated by Southeast Missouri State University to coordinate the institution's efforts to comply with the regulations implementing ADA, Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504. Any person may also contact the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U. S. Department of Education regarding the institution's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI., Title IX., or Section 504 and the Office on Americans with Disabilities Act, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice; Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; or state human rights agency regarding issues related to the ADA.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is designed to grant full citizenship to Americans with disabilities and to entitle them to equal opportunity and access to mainstream America. The ADA addresses access to employment, public accommodations, commercial facilities, state and local government services, transportation and telecommunications. A disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of such individual, a record of such an impairment, or being regarded as having such an impairment. Major life activities are those basic activities that the average person in the general population can perform with little or no difficulty.

All entities supported fully or partially by state funds, including educational institutions, must comply by assuring that their services, programs, policies, etc., do not discriminate against or exclude from full participation individuals with disabilities. The University must reasonably accommodate known disabilities of qualified applicants, employees and students. Reasonable accommodation is a modification or an adjustment to a job, work environment, learning environment or learning activity that will enable a qualified individual with a disability to perform essential job or learning functions. The purpose of providing accommodations in learning environments and activities is to enable the individual to develop and demonstrate mastery of the subject to a degree that reflects his/her abilities and efforts and not the disability. Although alternative methods of delivery and evaluation may be required, academic standards should not be compromised.

In postsecondary education, requests for accommodation and support services must originate with the student. Students who enter the University with a documented disability may self-identify to the Learning Enrichment Center(LEC). Students who think they may have a disability may contact the LEC for information on obtaining diagnostic services and proper documentation. Information about a student's disability is confidential. The LEC will, upon the student's request, notify appropriate faculty of the student's disability and suggest reasonable accommodations. Methods to implement these accommodations should be jointly decided by the faculty member and student involved in the learning activity. In cases where agreement cannot be reached, the LEC will act as a consultant. The LEC will provide faculty and students with information on the availability and use of auxiliary aids, such as special computers, calculators, Brailers, and communications devices, and the procedures for obtaining special materials, such as Brailed or "Talking" books. The LEC will also assist students in finding individuals to serve as readers, scribes, note takers, sign language interpreters, etc. The LEC also serves as a resource for faculty by offering information on different disabilities and strategies for accommodation.

Although certain facilities are not fully physically accessible to people with disabilities, Southeast Missouri State University will take such means as are necessary to ensure that no qualified person with a disability is denied the benefits of, excluded from participation in, or otherwise subject to discrimination because Southeast Missouri State University's facilities are physically inaccessible to or unusable by persons with disabilities. The accessibility standards required by federal law for "existing facilities" are that the recipient's programs or activities when viewed in their entirety must be readily accessible to persons with disabilities and that a qualified individual with a disability shall not be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of services, programs, or activities because a facility is not accessible.

Southeast Missouri State University may meet these standards through such means as reassignment of classes or other services to accessible locations, redesign of equipment, assignment of aides, alterations of existing facilities, and construction of new accessible facilities. Southeast Missouri State University is not required to make structural changes in existing facilities where other methods are sufficient to comply with the accessibility standards described above.

Because scheduling classes and arranging housing in accessible facilities may require reasonable advance planning, students with disabilities accepted for admission who desire support services and/or accommodations should identify themselves within five (5) days of the start of the semester of enrollment and indicate the nature of the accommodation needed. Students should contact the Counseling & Disability Services Department.