10.6.1 Admissions policy which is non-discriminatory
10.6.2 Tracking applications & admissions of underrepresented groups
10.6.3 Programmes to recruit students/staff/faculty from under-represented groups
10.6.4 Anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies
10.6.5 Diversity and equality committee, office and/or officer
10.6.6 Mentoring/counselling programmes to support students, staff, faculty from underrepresented groups
10.6.7 Accessible facilities for people with disabilities
10.6.8 Support services for people with disabilities
10.6.9 Access schemes for people with disabilities
10.6.10 Reasonable accommodation policy/strategy implemented for persons with disabilities
1. Proctoring exams: This is usually arranged by faculty and done at the One Stop Student Services Center. The exam/quiz is proctored at the OSC in the presence of one of the Disability Service Coordinators.
2. Extended time during exams and/or quizzes: This is usually arranged by faculty and done at the One Stop Student Services Center. An alternative is to have the student take the exam/quiz in the faculty member’s office.
3. Orally administered exams: The student has the option of hearing the questions spoken and to orally provide his responses or to record their answers via a tape recorder. If the student would like to use a tape recorder, this specific accommodation needs to be confirmed, and the student must provide the tape recorder to use during the test.
4. Note-taking services: If this is requested by the student, a note taker will be hired to assist student in class.
5. Use of a tape recorder during class:The student should confirm this specific accommodation, and provide a tape recorder for class use.
Policies & Procedures: Area of Disabilities Services
Disability Accommodation Guidelines
GUST empowers students with disabilities to realize their academic and personal potential by facilitating equal access to university programs. Services include coordinating reasonable accommodations and other support services for eligible students.
Reasonable accommodations are adjustments for students with disabilities which will provide equal access to GUST programs. Examples include someone taking notes for the student during lectures, extended time during testing, and use of tape recorder during classes. Accommodation plans and services are customized to match the disability-related needs of each student and are determined according to documentation and the student’s program requirements.
Registration for these accommodations includes submitting appropriate disability documentation. Students need to complete the Disability Accommodation Request Form for use in the One Stop Students Services Center, which is attached below for reference.
Disability Documentation Should Be:
1- Recent enough in order to assess the current impact on learning. Please note that students requesting reasonable accommodations must submit documentation dated within 5 years.
2- Issued by a medical or other qualified, licensed professional.
3- Printed on official letterhead, dated, and signed by the licensed professional.
Please note that GUST reserves the right to require that a certified copy of the report be transmitted directly from the licensed professional to the university.
4- Comprehensive which includes a psycho educational evaluation, diagnostic interview, and clinical summary.
Document Should Also Include:
1- The student’s history of receiving reasonable accommodations and academic adjustments, if such history exists.
2- Specific recommendations for accommodations as well as an explanation as to why each is recommended as necessary
3- Use of the Woodcock-Johnson Psycho educational Battery III-Tests of Cognitive Ability (Standard Battery-subtests 1-10) or subtests from the Weschler Adult Intelligence Scale III (WAIS-III) are preferred.
Students are responsible for requesting reasonable accommodations through the One Stop Students Services Center before the semester begins since GUST will not be liable for meeting accommodation requests after the term has begun. After review of a student’s documentation and application, the Disability Services team at the One Stop Students Services Center will meet with the student to go over what services the student is eligible for. Once accommodations are verified, the team will send the student an email so they know what services they will be receiving while at GUST and then will coordinate with faculty and other GUST staff in order to provide stated services.
Special Needs Student Acceptance:
After receiving and going through the above mentioned documents, the students will be screened by The Disability Services team or the Dean of student affairs. A decision of acceptance or rejection will be made based on the screening sessions findings.
Forms of Disabilities
1. Proctoring exams
OSC proctoring working hours are from 8:30am – 2:30pm. If proctoring services are after stated working hours, please seek assistance from other colleagues.
When proctoring services are required, allow sufficient time 2 working days before required proctoring date so that OSC can best meet students’ requests.
2. Proctoring exams outside the classroom
This is usually arranged by faculty and done in the student Success center. The exam/quiz is proctored at the OSC with one of the Disability service team memberpresence.
3. Extended time during Exams and/or Quizzes
This is usually arranged by faculty and done at the Student Success Center. An alternative is to have the student take the exam/quiz in the faculty member’s office.
4. Orally Administered Exams
The student has the option of hearing the questions spoken and to orally provide his responses or to record their answers via a tape recorder. If the student would like to use a tape recorder should confirm the accommodation and provide a tape recorder for test use.
5. Note Taking Services
If this is requested by the student, the Director of the OSC will request from the faculty to recommend a good note taker in class to the disabled student, who will ask that recommended student to share notes for that course. It may be a good idea to have an alternate in mind in case of student illness or other absence.
6. Use of a Tape Recorder during Class
The student should confirm the accommodation and provide a tape recorder for class use.
Handicapped parking access is available to qualified students by the student life office.
2. Special Materials for Classroom
Tables for students in wheel chairs are available upon request with the coordination of Campus Services and the request of students.