Determining Reasonable Accommodations

George Fox University is committed to providing equality of opportunity and meaningful access for qualified students with physical, psychological, attentional or learning-based disabilities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. A qualified student with a disability at George Fox University is someone who, with reasonable or no academic adjustments or modification, is capable of meeting George Fox's academic standards. The following legal terms, included in the ADA, have relevance in the educational setting:

Arranging For Reasonable Accommodations
George Fox University has identified Disability Services as the primary resource for students needing academic adjustments or modifications and for faculty needing information. This office initially meets individually with each student seeking services to discuss disability support services, appropriate documentation on file, etc. Students are strongly encouraged to make adjustment requests as early as possible to allow the opportunity for Disability Services approval, planning, faculty notification, modifications, etc. Accommodations are to be reasonable, not impose an undue hardship on the operation of the program, not fundamentally alter the nature of the academic standards and be justified by the documentation.

Accommodations requested in a timely manner that are determined and approved by the university as reasonable may include but are not limited to:

  • Accessible furniture and classrooms
  • Alternate format textbooks
  • Assistive technologies
  • Exam accommodations
  • Housing accommodations
  • Laboratory assistants
  • Notetakers
  • Off-campus experiences
  • Service and assistance animals
  • Sign language interpreters

At the beginning of each semester, the student is to come to Disability Services to obtain the letter of adjustment and modification for their professors. Students will be advised to make an appointment to meet with the professor to discuss the accommodations. Students are not required to disclose the specific disability but are encouraged to discuss ways in which professors can help them. Students are also encouraged to meet with their adviser to discuss pertinent aspects of their academic program and study needs.

A student who believes that he or she has not been given appropriate accommodations by a faculty member - whether in an academic course or at the departmental level - should, if comfortable, discuss the issue with the faculty member in question and try to reach a resolution. Students should not, however, independently solicit accommodations from faculty but should begin that process in Disability Services.

Although uncommon, any continuing concern by a student of faculty or staff's compliance with an approved accommodation generally should be handled by Rick Muthiah, Dean of Learning Support Services, who should work out arrangements that best address the needs of the instructor, the student, and the university. If a resolution cannot be reached, Mr. Muthiah should bring the matter to the appropriate academic dean and/or the Vice-President for Student Life.

If you have questions about services for students with disabilities at George Fox University, please contact:

Rick Muthiah
Director of Learning Support Services
Lemmons 9C
George Fox University
414 N. Meridian #6243
Newberg, OR 97132

Call 503-554-2314 or email rmuthiah@georgefox.edu if you have any questions.