C. Notice of Nondiscrimination

University policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status in any of its programs or activities. Harassment based on any of these classifications is a form of discrimination that also violates University policy and will not be tolerated.

The official statement of the University Nondiscrimination Policy may be viewed in the Business Policy and Procedures Manual online at http://www.semo.edu/finadm/procedures/index.htm.

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 Coordinator of Institutional Equity and Diversity, Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity (http://www.semo.edu/equityissues/), One University Plaza, (573) 651-2524. 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)

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) is a wide-ranging civil rights law intended to protect Americans from discrimination based on disability. 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. For further information regarding ADA, please visit: http://www.ada.gov/ .

In postsecondary education, requests for accommodation and support services must originate with the student. Students who enter the University with a documented disability should fill out and submit the Request for Services form located on the Disability Services web page: http://www.semo.edu/ds/program_info.html. Students who think they may have a disability may contact Disability Services for information on obtaining diagnostic services and proper documentation. Information about a student's disability is confidential. Disability Services 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, Disability Services will act as a consultant. Disability Services 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. Disability Services will also assist students in finding individuals to serve as readers, scribes, note takers, sign language interpreters, etc. Disability Services also serves as a resource for faculty by offering information on different disabilities and strategies for accommodation.

Southeast Missouri State University's Accessibility Plan

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 Disability Services: http://www.semo.edu/ds/program_info.html.