Administrative policy regarding disqualification of students from programs for other than academic reasons
(A) Purpose. In certain programs of study, students may not be effective in their chosen area because of factors other than academic qualifications, such as personality. Such programs are often designed to train students to perform guidance roles upon completion of their educational requirements. In such cases, a student's personality may be detrimental to his or her effective functioning in his or her chosen area. The university reserves the right to dismiss a student in those programs concerned before completion of his or her graduation requirements for professional and/or educational reasons.
(B) Definitions. The definitions employed in the implementation of the provisions of this rule are included in the university affirmative action plan. As used in this rule, “Person with a disability,” “qualified individual with a disability,” and “reasonable accommodation” as applied are defined or applied in Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 28 CFR 35.
(C) Requirements. The university shall make reasonable accommodations in its academic requirements to ensure that such requirements do not discriminate on the basis of disability against a qualified individual with a disability, whether applicant or student. However, requirements that the university can demonstrate are essential to the program of instruction of the student, or any directly related licensing requirement, or to the physical safety of students, faculty, or staff, will not be regarded as discriminatory.
(D) Other rules may not be imposed upon students with disabilities, such as a prohibition of tape recorders or guide dogs, which have the effect of limiting the participation of students in the educational program or activity. Further, in examination or evaluations the university shall provide where possible such methods for evaluating the achievement of students with disabilities as will best insure that the results of the evaluation represent the student's achievement rather than reflecting the student's impaired sensory, manual, or speaking skills.
(E) Department notices to students in affected programs. All programs in which nonacademic qualifications are deemed relevant to a program of study must obtain the approval of the educational policies council. The department shall furnish a general description, in writing, of such qualification to the student prior to the time the student is admitted into the program. No student shall be dismissed from such a program unless he or she has been furnished the requisite description prior to admission into the program.
(F) Grievance procedures and appeals. The student may appeal decisions made according to this policy. Procedures to be followed are stated in departmental or school policy books.
Effective: March 1, 2015
Prior Effective Dates: 11/4/1977, 10/26/1979, 12/20/2004, 6/1/2007