Heidelberg University offers a variety of services and resources to help students succeed and, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, faculty and staff work closely with students who have documented disabilities requiring accommodation to ensure equal access to the University’s programs, activities, and services.
Heidelberg University complies with all applicable state and federal laws and regulations related to the accommodation of students with physical disabilities, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These acts prohibit the University from discriminating against “otherwise qualified” students with disabilities and require that the University provide equal access to educational programs. Students who request an accommodation must have a disability that “substantially limits a major life activity,” such as learning. The requested accommodation must be reasonable and necessary for the student to participate in education programs fully. The University may also provide a reasonable alternative accommodation that achieves the same or similar effect as the accommodation requested by the student. It is up to the University, not the student, to decide which accommodation will be provided. Heidelberg University is also committed to maintaining the integrity of its educational programs and will only make accommodations that will not lower the quality of the education that it offers for all students at Heidelberg University.
It is the responsibility of the student with a disability to inform the University and request an accommodation. Students requesting services should complete the written request for accommodation and the Release of Information form and present these documents to the Academic and Career Support Center.