Accommodations Resource Center

As a student, you may experience academic barriers from temporary or chronic medical conditions including pregnancy for which you may request services or accommodations. Accommodations can range from temporary to permanent accommodations. If you have experienced a sudden, severe, medical issue or personal situation, the Accommodations Resource Center can assist you with a medical hardship or compassionate withdrawal from a course or term. Eligibility for these services is determined individually based on the need and documentation.

Request Accommodations

To request accommodations for a disability, complete an Accommodation Request. See “Requesting Accommodations” for more information about the registration process.

The Accommodations Resource Center is located at OneStop Welcome Center in the Muller Administrative Services Building (ASB)

812 Bruin Blvd., Bellevue, NE 68005
Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST Monday — Friday.

Please call or email us to schedule an appointment.

Phone: 1.402.557.7422 or 1.402.557.7417
Fax: 1.402.557.5405
Email: disability@sensetw.com

What is a disability?

A disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. Substantially limits means the individual is restricted with regard to the condition, manner, or duration under which an individual can perform a particular major life activity as compared to the average person in the general population. A major life activity includes functions such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working.

Disabilities can include, among others:

  • Vision impairments
  • Deaf/hard of hearing
  • ADHD
  • Learning disorders
  • Traumatic/Acquired brain injury
  • Mental health disorders
  • Physical/Mobility impairments
  • Chronic health conditions

What are accommodations?

Accommodations assure that there is equal access to and the opportunity to participate in University courses, programs, services, activities, and housing. Accommodations "level the playing field" and minimize the impact of the student’s disability as much as reasonably possible. They do not guarantee success and do not provide an unfair advantage. Accommodations can be short-term or permanent, depending on the prognosis of the disability.

Examples of reasonable accommodations include, but are not limited to:

  • Extended time for testing
  • Reduced distraction testing environments
  • Audio recording of lectures
  • Note taking services
  • Alternative formats for textbooks and other course content
  • Sign language interpreters and captioning services
  • Housing and/or dining adjustments

There must be a direct connection between the functional impact of the disability and the requested accommodation. The Accommodations Center will consider many factors when determining appropriate reasonable accommodations including the environment, task, unique attributes and requirements of the course, program, or activity, timing of the request (feasibility and availability), and needs of the student.

Students with disabilities are expected to meet the same criteria as any other student in both the admissions process as well as meet the University requirements for graduation.

An accommodation is an adaptation designed to help the student display knowledge around the learning barriers caused by the disability.

  • Reasonable accommodations are Tools.
  • Reasonable accommodations are Not intended to guarantee success, but to provide access.
  • Reasonable accommodations are intended to ensure that a student with a disability has an opportunity to succeed.

Bellevue University does not provide personal services or devices to students. Personal services are those that a person with a disability must use, regardless of attendance at the University. This includes but is not limited to assistance with tasks of daily living, tutoring beyond what is provided to all students, transportation to campus or classes, hearing aids or glasses, mobility devices, homework assistance, individual instruction, reader or scribe for personal use or study, personal laptops, and assistance transporting books or other personal items.

Disclosure

The Accommodations Resource Center adheres to the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA), which regulates the disclosure of documentation and records maintained by the Accommodations Resource Center. Under FERPA, the Accommodations Resource Center is permitted to release information to any University official who has a legitimate educational interest. Legitimate educational interest means the University official needs to review the record or receive related information in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities. The information shared will be the minimum needed for the official to fulfill his or her responsibilities. Sharing this information does not require student consent under FERPA. Prior written consent by the student is required before documentation or records are released to a third party.

Appeals/Grievances

Any person who believes that they have been subjected to discrimination are encouraged to file a grievance in order to resolve any disputes. Any student who asked for an accommodation that the Accommodations Center has determined not to be reasonable or appropriate can file a grievance to appeal the decision. The filing of a grievance will not subject anyone to any form of adverse action, reprimand, retaliation or otherwise negative treatment by Bellevue University. A grievance may be filed through the "Student Experience Feedback and Complaints" form.