In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, Misericordia University strives to ensure that "no otherwise qualified" individual with a disability shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program administered by the University.
All students entering the University receive a Disability Declaration Form from the Admissions Department which affords them the opportunity to seek academic adjustments, auxiliary aids and services under Section 504 free of charge. Students with a documented disability may seek services at any time.
Students may also elect to apply to Misericordia University's Alternative Learners Project (ALP). ALP is designed to provide support to students with disabilities that extend beyond those accommodations required under the University's Section 504 program. ALP students pay a fee each semester for participation in the program.
Personnel from the Office for Students with Disabilities complete an intake process in which the student's expressed needs and the disability documentation are reviewed. Eligibility for services is based on a combination of the student's description of need, the thoroughness of the disability documentation, and documentation policies (see 504 Application and Eligibility, and ALP Application and Eligibility). Students determined eligible for either 504 and/or ALP services receive a Program of Accommodation (POA) to initiate service delivery.