Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

GIAL will work with each qualified student to make reasonable and appropriate adjustments to the classroom environment and to teaching, testing, or learning methodologies in order to facilitate equality of educational access for persons with disabilities. While accommodations must uphold the integrity of academic standards, they emphasize attainment of essential competencies in a subject or discipline.

To be a “qualified student” for the purposes of this policy, one must meet the following criteria:

1) Have a disability covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and
2) Be properly registered with GIAL’s Dean of Students.

It is the responsibility of the student with disabilities to establish in writing, by the time of registration and to the satisfaction of the Dean of Students, his status with respect to ADA.

Upon receipt of appropriate documentation, the Dean of Students will issue a Special Accommodation Letter for the student to present to his instructors. It is the student’s responsibility to notify each of his instructors, by the end of the first week of class, that alternatives to standard methods of educational access will be needed. The student and instructor will then determine by mutual agreement the specific form of accommodation the student will receive.

Students who do not have a disability within the definition of the ADA are not entitled to special accommodation from GIAL. Furthermore, the nature of some courses may preclude satisfactory participation by students with certain disabilities, and thus be inappropriate for these students. Finally, this policy does not mean that GIAL recognizes any obligation to provide assistance for “independent functioning” or special medical needs of students.