Purdue Global is committed to providing opportunities for higher education to all students and to making the online programs, activities, and facilities at the University accessible to students with disabilities.
Welcome to Student Accessibility Services (SAS)
Who Can Receive Accommodations?
A student with a disability and/or temporary impairment that limits a major life function and is diagnosed by a health care professional can request accommodations. Accommodations can be permanent or temporary.
How to Request Accommodations
- Enrolled students can self-refer through their student portal. The self-referral form can be located under Quick Links at the bottom right corner of the screen on the student portal home page.
- Students and potential students can also contact SAS directly either by sending an email to email@example.com or calling 317-208-1686.
- Students can also disclose or inquire about accommodations to a staff member or their instructor. The employee will notify SAS, and SAS will send an email to the student with information and accommodation request forms.
Students and potential students who wish to request accommodations must complete and submit the required accommodation request forms. Once accommodations are approved, they are in place for all classes every term. There is no need to request accommodations again unless you should leave the university, re-enroll, or your circumstances have changed.
Being approved for accommodations is not included on your transcript or diploma, as this information is confidential.
What Type of Accommodations Are Available?
Accommodations can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Extended time for independent coursework, quizzes, and exams
- Course material in alternate formats
- Assistive technology (i.e., screen reader, dictation program, screen enlargement program)
Every accommodation request is reviewed on a case-by-case basis and depends on the individual's disability and specific needs.
All accommodations for students with disabilities are handled via Student Accessibility Services (SAS).
Contact Information for Student Accessibility Services (SAS)
Fax: 866-422-4773 (Toll Free)
TTY: TTY users may dial 711 from their TTY phone, at no charge, to be connected with a Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) operator who will assist with the call.
For more information regarding 711, visit the FCC website.
- ADA/Section 504
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law, passed in 1990, designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities from discrimination based on their disability.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is a federal law, passed in 1973, designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education.
- Responsibility of the Student and the University
To benefit from the protection of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the student’s responsibility to self-disclose a disability or inquire about and request accommodations. Purdue Global requires the student to provide supporting documentation, which must verify the existence of the disability and the subsequent need for an accommodation.
Purdue Global may not discriminate against an individual on the basis of their disability. Purdue Global will provide reasonable accommodations to a student with a documented disability, in order to afford the student an equal opportunity to participate within its programs, activities, and facilities.
Purdue Global has an obligation to maintain confidentiality regarding a student's disability. Any information collected is strictly utilized for the benefit of the student. Disability-related information is collected and maintained separately from the student's University record and housed within secure files with access limited to staff members of Student Accessibility Services (SAS). Student files within SAS are maintained for a period of 5 years after a student's last date of attendance. After 5 years of nonattendance, a student’s disability records will be destroyed in a confidential manner.
Except where permitted by applicable law, disability information will not be shared with non-Purdue Global employees without the student's express written permission.
Purdue Global cannot provide an accommodation until the student’s disability has been verified by a qualified medical professional or other appropriate health care professional.
A student with a learning disability must submit an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) or comprehensive evaluation results with the diagnosed learning disability listed.
Student Accessibility Services (SAS) will be responsible for notifying the student’s instructors of the specific accommodation approved by the University.
The University has designated the following department to oversee accommodations:
Purdue Global’s Policy of Nondiscrimination
It is Purdue Global’s policy to maintain an academic environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Each individual has the right to strive to reach their potential in an atmosphere free from discriminatory practices, including unlawful discrimination and/or harassment based on race, religion, gender, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, disability, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local law. Sexual harassment is a prohibited aspect of sexual discrimination under this policy.
The University's policies and practices are in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. The University has appointed compliance coordinators to assist those who have questions or concerns with respect to the University's compliance with these laws. The name, address, and telephone number of these staff members are available through the University.
The University has designated the following department to oversee accessibility services:
Title IX Compliance
Any individual who has questions or concerns regarding possible gender discrimination should contact the Purdue Global Title IX Coordinator or the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights. For information about the Sexual Misconduct Policy, please refer to the "Additional References" section of the Catalog.
Student Accessibility Services is the primary office responsible for the coordination of services for students with disabilities. Students seeking reasonable and appropriate accommodations may request, through their Purdue Global representative, to be placed in contact with Student Accessibility Services, or students may contact Student Accessibility Services directly.
To view the complete Policy of Nondiscrimination, please see the University Catalog.
The Purdue Global Title IX training materials are available upon request for inspection by members of the public by emailing TitleIX@purdueglobal.edu.
- Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords eligible students and their parents certain rights with respect to their education records, including the right to inspect and review education records, the right to consent to disclosures of information in education records, and the right to request the amendment of education records believed to be inaccurate, misleading, or a violation of privacy.
Students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:
Family Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605
To review additional information on FERPA, please see the University Catalog.
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