Office of Accessibility Services
Rebecca Murray, PhD, Director
Lina Villegas, Administrative Assistant
The primary purpose of the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) is to provide equal access for students with disabilities to all curricular and co-curricular opportunities offered by Barry University. Academic accommodations are provided to those students with documented disabilities.
In addition, the office provides leadership and guidance to the campus community to enhance understanding and support of registered students while ensuring compliance with legal requirements for equal access. The office supports the caring environment of Barry University through its one-on-one relationships with students and strives to provide a holistic educational experience which prepares each student to be united and equal with the non-disabled population, while assuring their human and legal rights.
Procedures and Guidelines
Students must present recent (within three years) medical or extensive educational documentation of all disabilities. Accommodations for students with disabilities are granted on a case-by-case basis, in accordance with medical and professional information in the student’s record, legal precedent, and the national standards for services for students with disabilities.
To be eligible for services, students must be enrolled at Barry University. Students with disabilities must identify themselves, register, and present professional documentation to the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS). The documentation must be less than three years old and must conform to the Documentation Guidelines that are listed on the OAS Website.
Definition of an Individual with a Disability
To be covered by these procedures, students must have a disability as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act as:
- a person who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities
- a person who has a record of such an impairment
- a person who is regarded as having such an impairment
The ADA also covers:
- protection from discrimination for individuals based on their relationship or association with a person with a -disability
- retaliation or coercion against individuals who opposed any act the ADA makes unlawful, participated in the enforcement process, or encouraged others to exercise their rights under the ADA
- all individuals, regardless of national origin or status
Accommodations are granted on a case-by-case basis to those students who are eligible under our documentation guidelines and in compliance with all Federal and State Laws.
The student may appeal any decisions related to their request for accommodations to Dr. Eileen McDonough, the University ADA Coordinator, in writing within 10 days. Any position, paper, brief, medical documentation or other written material which the student desires to be reviewed shall be submitted together with the notice of appeal. The ADA Coordinator shall investigate and respond in writing to the notice of appeal stating his or her decision together with the reasons for either affirming or reversing either previous decision as to an accommodation or auxiliary aid. If a student wishes to appeal the decision of the ADA Coordinator, she/he may file a grievance with the University Provost.
Sign Language Interpreter/ CART Services Policy
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) Barry University provides auxiliary aids and services, to facilitate equal access for students who are deaf and/or hard of hearing to all curricular and co-curricular activities. In order to receive a sign language Interpreter and/or CART services, students must be registered with the Office of Accessibility Services.
Auxiliary Aids and Services include: 1) Qualified interpreters on-site or through video remote interpreting (VRI) services; note takers; real-time computer-aided transcription services; written materials; exchange of written notes; telephone handset amplifiers; assistive listening devices; assistive listening systems; telephones compatible with hearing aids; closed caption decoders; open and closed captioning, including real-time captioning; voice, text, and video-based telecommunications products and systems, including text telephones (TTYs), videophones, and captioned telephones, or equally effective telecommunications devices; videotext displays; accessible electronic and information technology; or other effective methods of making aurally delivered information available to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Course Substitution Policy
In compliance with federal guidelines, it is the policy of Barry University to respond to student requests for course substitutions, due to disability, in a manner that does not result in discrimination. It is the policy of the University that substitutions for courses that are an integral part of the student’s major will not be granted. However, it is possible for students with a disability to petition for a substitution of certain course requirements that are not integral to his/her major.
Course Substitution Procedures
The student should make the request in writing to the Director of the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS), along with all clinical documentation that would be relative to the request. Clinical documentation must be no more than three years old and meet the documentation guidelines of the university. (All documentation guidelines are listed on our web site at www.barry.edu/accessibility-services). The Director of the ODS will meet with the Chair of the Department of the student’s academic major along with the Director’s recommendation. The Chair of the Department will present the request to the appropriate School academic committee (which will be set up in each School and will include the Dean of the School and any relevant faculty and/or staff including a representative from the General Education/Distribution Requirements Curriculum Committee if the course is a distribution or general education course). If the request is approved, then the School Committee will recommend a course substitution and respond in writing to the student with a copy sent to the ODS, the student’s academic advisor and the Office of Registrar to be placed in the student’s permanent file. If the course substitution is denied, the student must be informed in writing within ten days of the committee’s meeting with the reasons for denial. A copy of all correspondence must go to the OAS.