It is the general policy and practice of Washburn University not to grant waivers of courses or substitutions for courses required for completion of degrees or programs. Washburn University ensures that no qualified person shall, by reason of disability, be denied access to, participation in, or the benefits of any program or activity operated by the University. Each qualified person shall receive appropriate and reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to educational opportunities, programs and activities in the most integrated setting appropriate to the individual situation. This policy is consistent with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990.
Academic requirements will be modified, as necessary, to ensure that they do not discriminate against qualified applicants or currently enrolled students with disabilities. At the student's request. The Student Services Office will recommend academic adjustments in compliance with state and federal mandates. Academic requirements essential to programs of instruction are not considered discriminatory. Modifications shall not affect the substance of the educational program or compromise educational standards. Modifications may include changes in the length of time permitted for the completion of degree requirements (including course-load), substitution of specific courses required for academic programs, and adaptation of the manner in which specific courses are conducted.
At its meeting on May 5, 1994, the General Faculty of the University adopted a policy statement articulating that a Washburn University graduate should have the skills and areas of knowledge described in the General Education Program. It is the responsibility of the Vice President for Academic Affairs to ensure that every graduate attains the knowledge and skills identified.
A qualified student with a disability may seek a modification to an academic program by filing a request with the Student Services Office.