Accessibility Services & Accommodations (ADA)

Accessibility Services & Accommodations (ADA)

Accommodations Process 

Mercyhurst values inclusion and is committed to the goal of providing equal opportunities for all. We comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Amendments Act (ADAAA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Fair Housing Act to ensure that a person with a disability is granted reasonable accommodations, when such accommodations are necessary, to afford that person equal opportunity to obtain a Mercyhurst education and use university facilities. Under the laws listed above, a disability is defined as a significant limitation of one or more major life activities. 

The need for accommodations could be related to a temporary impairment (e.g., concussion, broken arm, or recovery from surgery) or a permanent medical, physical, sensory, learning, cognitive, or mental health disability issue. Accommodations are typically requested in the areas of academics, parking, housing, nutrition/food service, and service or support animals.  

The student must complete the Online Accommodations Request Application to initiate the process. Requests can be made at any time and are considered individually through an interactive process between the student and the ADA Coordinator. For permanent disability issues, eligibility is determined by the ADA Committee. 

If eligibility is determined, the ADA Coordinator works with the student to provide accommodations that are reasonable. Reasonable accommodations are adjustments that remove barriers and create equal access to programs, activities, or the learning platforms without fundamentally altering the academic content or learning objectives or posing an undue hardship to the university. 

Policies and forms are on the Accessibility Services & Accommodations Mercyhurst Hub, and on the Student Consumer Information website page.  

Questions regarding the accommodations process, need for assistance, concerns about campus accessibility, or complaints regarding the university’s Nondiscrimination Policy should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at? 814-824-2362.