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Please also notify Chris Stabile, EdD BCBA-D, Associate Vice Chancellor of Teaching and Learning/Disability Services Coordinator, who provides accommodations and services for students with disabilities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. To understand how to request assistance, identify KU policies, or follow instructions to file a formal complaint under Section 504 download a copy of our ADA Accessibility Guide.
Students with disabilities at KU have a right to:
Students with disabilities at KU have the responsibility to:
Keiser University (KU) is committed to promoting access for students with disabilities through a supportive academic and social environment. Faculty, administration, and students work together in partnership to determine students’ needs and attempt to see that those needs are met. A student who self-identifies as a person with a disability requiring auxiliary aids/academic adjustments to any staff or faculty member at any time during the student’s tenure at Keiser University will be referred to the campus president or dean for assistance. Adherence to this procedure will ensure they obtain the appropriate information; and, if desired by the applicant/student, initiate the formal process for receipt of auxiliary aids and academic adjustments. The auxiliary aids and academic adjustments will be provided at no cost to qualified students with a documented disability.
Keiser University complies with Title III of the ADA requiring that no qualified person with disabilities will be excluded from participating in or being denied the benefits of the services or activities of Keiser University due to the nature of a disability. For physically challenged students, Keiser University campuses are either located on ground level or have appropriate elevator service with ramps and designated parking to facilitate easy entry. Restrooms are equipped with wide doorways and bars to ensure wheelchair accessibility.
The following individual is Keiser University’s Section 504 Disability Services Coordinator (DSC):
Chris Stabile, EdD BCBA-D
Behavior Analyst Certification Board No. 1-17-25577
Associate Vice Chancellor of Teaching and Learning
Keiser University Office of the Chancellor
1900 W. Commercial Boulevard, Suite 180
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33309
Tel: (954) 776‐4476
Applicant students who have been deemed ineligible for reasonable adjustments/accommodations under Section 504 have the right to appeal the decision with Keiser University by filing a written appeal to the DSC/ARC located in the Chancellor’s Office stating the grounds or basis for a reversal of the decision.
Qualified students with disabilities who also feel that they have not been treated fairly under Keiser University’s stated federal policies has the right to file a written complaint. Either a complaint or an appeal should be submitted to the president of the campus. These procedures apply only to complaints or appeals received in writing.
Applicants wishing to avail themselves of special adjustments/accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act are encouraged to disclose special needs at the time of enrollment but are not required to do so. In other words, an individual could start the process for requesting accommodations at any point in their course of study at Keiser University; however, it is recommended that this process is started early as possible as accommodations cannot be implemented retroactively. Once informed, the university has an obligation to assess the merit of the applicant’s request and to verify the authenticity of the stated disability.
Keiser University expects persons with disabilities to take an active role in communicating their needs to the campus president or dean to receive the proper ADA information and this guide. In addition, such persons should consult with the campus president and local program chair to discuss any unique prescriptive qualifications, i.e., the program’s Technical Standards and/or other academic and essential requirements.
Furthermore, applicants who are not yet enrolled as students, or general public requesting accommodations while on campus, will be referred to the campus president. Applicants requesting more time to take the entrance exam will be required to provide supporting documentation for this request.
Reviewing documentation and arranging for appropriate adjustments/ accommodations takes time, and a delay in following through can result in a delay in receipt of adjustments/accommodations. Thus, it is important that applicants/students disclose to the university their need for accommodations as soon as possible in order to allow sufficient time to make necessary arrangements.
Documentation is critical in determining suitable adjustment(s)/ accommodation(s). It is a student’s responsibility to identify themselves as a person with a disability and to provide the university with adequate documentation of the disability from an appropriately licensed professional. This professional should be familiar with you, your disability, and its current functional impact. The documentation must 1) demonstrate how the disability limits your ability to participate in an academic setting, 2) clearly outline the accommodation or academic adjustment requested, 3) be included as part of the application, and 4) be submitted to the campus president for procedural verification. This documentation is provided to the Disability Services Coordinator (DSC) before an adjustment/accommodation is provided. For the detailed outline of specific documentation required by Keiser University, please see the “CRITERIA FOR DISABILITY DOCUMENTATION” section of this guide.
Below are acceptable sources of documentation for substantiating a student’s disability and request for accommodations:
The student is a vital source of information regarding how he or she may be “limited by impairment.” A student’s narrative of his or her experience of disability, barriers, and effective and ineffective accommodations is an important tool, along with the information from external or third parties listed below for establishing a disability and a need for accommodation. The narrative may accompany observations and interview notes deliberated through the interactive process with campus-based personnel, such as dean and/or campus president or the DSC.
Information from External or Third Parties
Diagnostic documentation of the disability from an appropriately licensed professional. The documentation should demonstrate how the learning disability limits the student’s ability to participate in an academic setting, must clearly outline the accommodation or academic adjustment requested, and submitted to the campus president.
Accommodations Review Committee ( ARC )
The associate vice chancellor of teaching and learning serves as Keiser University’s disability services coordinator (DSC) chairs the Accommodations Review Committee (ARC). Other members of the ARC include the vice chancellor of academic affairs and associate vice chancellor of academic affairs. It may also include further members deemed appropriate by the DSC. The ARC will have access to all of the documentation pertaining to the student’s request for adjustments/accommodations. The ARC will meet within 10 business days of receipt of the student’s signed and dated forms requesting accommodation(s) or adjustment(s).
The DSC engages in an interactive process with the student through the campus president and academic dean. The campus president and dean, with guidance from the DSC, in cooperation with the ARC, will help applicants/students regarding their accommodation application.
The student will be sent an Academic Access Letter within 15 business days of receipt of the student’s accommodation request.
The student will receive the approved accommodation(s) or adjustment(s) as soon as possible, but no later than 30 business days of the dated Academic Access Letter. This established procedure is to ensure proper and timely disbursement of auxiliary aids and/or academic adjustments to students with disabilities.
 Keiser University’s process and criteria for determining accommodations may not be the same as practiced by other institutions or entities. Thus, if the only source of documentation provided to KU is an accommodation letter or other material from a previous institution’s disability services office, a student may be asked to include original documentation.
Keiser University is committed to ensuring that all disability information regarding a student is maintained as confidential as required or permitted by law. In most instances, the university will not inform faculty members as to the nature of a student’s disorder unless it is necessary for providing appropriate adjustments/ accommodations or in order to protect the health and safety of the student and/or others. Faculty is informed of necessary or appropriate adjustments/ accommodations needed to meet a student’s disability-related needs. A student may give written authorization for the release of diagnostic documentation if he or she wishes to share it with others.
In addition to the usual adjustments/accommodations provided by faculty, the university reserves the right to release supplementary information should there be a need to know. Some common need-to-know scenarios include, but are not limited to the following circumstances:
Completed Accommodation Request Forms and any documentation of disability are confidential and are stored in a locked file or other secure location under the control of the dean of academic affairs that is separate from the student’s permanent student record.