ADA Accommodations Policy

Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity in Education (BGS) takes pride in its diverse populations and is committed to providing all students the opportunity to take full advantage of BGS programs and facilities. In keeping with this philosophy, BGS strives to eliminate academic and physical barriers that may prevent qualified students with disabilities from earning an academic degree or professional certificate. Reasonable accommodations (e.g. auxiliary services or academic adjustments) are offered to provide students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in academic programs and to promote and facilitate the integration of students with disabilities into academic life. BGS is committed to promoting and maintaining an accessible and inclusive learning environment for students with disabilities where they have the opportunity to perform at their highest academic potential.

In accordance with state and federal laws and regulations, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (“ADAAA”), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”), BGS developed and implemented this ADA Academic Accommodations Policy to outline eligibility requirements, the process for students with disabilities to request and receive academic accommodations, and the process for students and faculty to appeal accommodations decisions. Students with disabilities must initiate requests for accommodation; however, the accountability and responsibility of implementing accommodations is shared among faculty, administrators, staff, and students. Approved reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities provide equal access in a manner that does not alter or compromise essential elements of the academic programs offered by Bridges Graduate School.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy to Students

Bridges Graduate School admits qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or marital status to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the Graduate School. Consistent with its obligations under the law, in the administration of the Graduate School’s programs and activities, Bridges Graduate School prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, marital status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law; Bridges Graduate School also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.  This policy applies to Bridges Graduate School programs and activities both on and off-campus, and in online forums.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding this nondiscrimination policy: 

Bridges Graduate School’s Chancellor

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