Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, students with disabilities are due reasonable accommodations in their academic pursuits. A student’s disability should not unfairly interfere with his or her learning process or evaluation and grading. Through collaboration with institutional allies, networks, and community partners, DSO leadership contributes to the development of equitable higher education experiences for all students who have disabilities.
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The primary mission of the Fairmont State University Disability Services Office (DSO) is to provide leadership and facilitate equal access to all institutional opportunities for students who have disabilities, so they may achieve their academic, personal and professional goals in preparation for responsible citizenship. To accomplish it's mission, DSO:
- provides institution-wide advisement, consultation, and training on disability-related topics, including legal and regulatory compliance, universal design, and disability scholarship
- collaborates with students, instructors, staff, and administrators to work toward removing barriers to foster an all-inclusive campus that offers diverse learning environments that are usable and equitable
- provides individual services and facilitate academic accommodations to students with disabilities
To achieve their mission, DSO contributes to:
- students' formal education
- student progression and timely completion of education goals
- preparation of students for their careers, citizenship, and lives
- student learning and development
STUDENT LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT DOMAINS AND DIMENSIONS
DSO contributes to student learning and development by aligning with learning and development domains established by The Council for the Advancement of Standards:
- knowledge, acquisition, integration, construction, and application
- cognitive complexity
- critical thinking, reflective thinking, effective reasoning, and creativity
- intrapersonal competence
- interpersonal competence
- humanitarianism and civic engagement
- practical competence
Ethical Standards & Confidentiality
DSO has an appreciation of disability as a valued aspect of diversity and as an integral part of the the institution and postsecondary educational experience. DSO personnel:
- consider students with disabilities when working in collaboration with other on campus to create equitable and inclusive environments for the institution, including policy, procedure, and program development
- recognize and apply the professional ethical standards to their role an function at the institution
- respect the privacy of our students and maintain confidentiality in communications and records as delineated by privacy laws
- confront and hold accountable other personnel who exhibit unethical behavior
- exhibit proper behavior regarding research and assessment
- expect scholarly integrity among students and staff
Diversity & Equity
DSO does not discriminate on the basis of ability, age, cultural identity, ethnicity, family educational history, gender identity and expression, nationality, political affiliation, race, religious affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, economic, marital, social, or veteran status, or any other basis included in institutional policies and coeds and laws. DSO does not participate in nor condone any form of harassment that demeans persons or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.
DSO advocates for studens with disabiltiies to have access to the same level of service from campus offices as is avaialble to students who do not have disabiltiies, and to only receive services from DSO that are not provided elsewhere from the institution. DSO fosters the development of a campus culture that valuse the diversity of disability and that values disability as a core componemnt of diversity.