Lasell University is an institution committed to fostering a learning environment where students strive for excellence.  Lasell University provides appropriate and reasonable accommodations to ensure that no student is discriminated against on the basis of his/her disability. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the University provides accommodations for eligible students with documented disabilities to afford equal access to educational programs and services.

According to the ADA, "disability" is "having a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities." Lasell University also accepts the definition of "learning disability," defined in Public Law 94-142, as a "disorder in one or more of the basic processes involved in understanding and using language, spoken or written, which may manifest itself in an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell or do mathematical calculations."

All disability accommodations are determined on an individual basis, making use of submitted comprehensive disability documentation as well as confidential consultation with the student. The determined accommodations may differ from those previously provided to a student, as the accommodations must appropriately address the current impact of the disability on the student's performance and the anticipated functional impact within a collegiate setting.  Disability Services helps all students fully access the academic, residential and social aspects of student life at Lasell University. For information about the process of requesting and accessing appropriate academic and non-academic accommodations, contact the Academic Achievement Center.

Lasell University ensures FERPA compliance, and therefore all documentation submitted will remain confidential. It is the student's responsibility to disclose a disability, and it is up to the student to continue the accommodation process by communicating his/her needs to the faculty and/or other appropriate university personnel. Lasell University recognizes the right of the student to determine who receives disability-related information, as well as the right to confidentiality.

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