Student and Applicant Accommodations

Student and Applicant Accommodations

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Accessibility Resources & Service

Policy on Student and Applicant Accommodations

Adopted July 28, 2016

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Students with disabilities are an essential part of the campus community and contribute significantly to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (“the University” or “UNC-Chapel Hill”) through their talents, abilities, and skills. The University is therefore committed to assuring that students with disabilities can fully participate in University life and that its programs, activities, and services are accessible consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) of 1991, as amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The University facilitates accessibility by providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations and services to students and applicants for admission who have a documented disability.

In order to receive disability accommodations, students and applicants must timely register with ARS. Accommodations and modifications received in high school or at another post-secondary institution will not automatically transfer to UNC-Chapel Hill. Instead, it is necessary for students and applicants for admission to register with the University by submitting the following documentation:

Upon receiving a student’s or applicant’s request for accommodations, ARS will determine whether the student or applicant is eligible to receive such an accommodation based upon the documentation timely submitted to ARS, as described in section II., above.

ARS can assist with accommodations and services that assure equal access to academic programs, residence halls, University facilities, and co- and extra-curricular activities. Graduate and professional students with disabilities may face new and challenging experiences they have not previously encountered during their undergraduate career, such as:

Applicants to an academic program may voluntarily disclose information in their application materials about a disability or medical condition that has affected their prior academic performance, but they are never required to do so. Providing this information in admissions application materials is not sufficient to register a disability with the University or to request accommodations. Instead, applicants must specifically register with ARS as discussed above.