Messiah College is committed to providing for the needs of enrolled or admitted students who have disabilities under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended by the ADAAA of 2008.
It is the policy of Messiah College to make services available for any student who, through a recent assessment, can document a disability and who requires accommodation. The administration is directed to provide appropriate services, including
- support, counseling, and information
- academic assistance services
- advocacy services
In general, College policy calls for reasonable accommodations to be made for people with disabilities on an individualized and flexible basis. Accommodations made may be in the policies, practices, or procedures, unless the modifications would fundamentally alter the nature of the course, program, service, or facilities. Nothing in the ADA or ADA amendments requires approving an accommodation that lowers standards or alters core program, course, or job requirements. Although programs are not required to have all the resources disabled individuals may need, they are expected to have the flexibility and capacity to provide reasonable accommodations as needs arise. It is the responsibility of people with disabilities, however, to seek available assistance at the College and to make their needs known.
The philosophy at Messiah College combines broad decentralization of many services so that people with disabilities are integrated into the campus community, with centralization of the disability related services that are necessary for access to campus courses, programs, facilities, services, and activities.