Expectations and Conduct
Students with disabilities are expected to meet at least the minimal academic standards as well as technical standards that programs of the university require. This includes meeting the university’s grade point average (GPA) and academic progress standards. Qualified students will be provided with reasonable accommodations to enable them to meet these academic and technical standards.
Students with disabilities who receive accommodations are expected to follow the policies and procedures of the DLRC and Concordia University, Irvine’s Student Code of Conduct. In the event that a student is to take an exam proctored by the DLRC staff, devices such as portable phones, tape players, private laptop computers, handheld electronic devices, etc. will not be permitted in the proctor rooms unless otherwise noted by the instructor. The DLRC reserves the right to photocopy any written materials taken into a testing room and also reserves the right to inform instructors of any concerns regarding the academic integrity of the testing. Students found misusing accommodations and/or using the accommodations as means of cheating may be subject to disciplinary action, which will include notification to the instructor and the Dean of the School.
Jeopardizing the Educational Process
Jeopardizing the educational process of others is defined as any disruptive act that within reason impedes another student’s reasonable attainment of his or her academic goals. A violation may include a single disruptive act or ongoing acts that will usually involve complaints from students, faculty, or staff. In determining violations, an assessment will be made of the nature of the disruption, the content and frequency of the complaint(s), and the number of complaints.
Concordia University endeavors to provide a safe and orderly environment, in which all students are able to pursue their academic and social development. In doing so, it reserves the right to implement a disciplinary process, which may culminate in the suspension or dismissal of any student who does not meet minimal and reasonable behavioral standards. Students with disabilities are expected to abide by the behavioral standards of the university as outlined in Concordia University’s Student Handbook and Student Code of Conduct. It is further expected that students not pose a danger to themselves, to others, and that they do not jeopardize the educational process of other students.
Danger to Self
Danger to self is defined as any direct act, or planned act, that places a person at reasonable risk of self-induced bodily harm or loss of life. This would include actual and/or planned acts of suicide, self-mutilation, substance overdose, consistent purging, unhealthy dietary restriction, etc. Additionally, students posing danger to themselves through the use of weapons and/or substances may face other sanctions as imposed by the university and/or by law enforcement agencies.
Danger to Others
Danger to the health or safety of others is defined as any act, or planned act, that places another student, member of the faculty or staff, or any campus visitor at reasonable risk of bodily harm, exposure to illness, loss of life, or destruction of property. Further, a student may be considered to pose a direct threat to the health of others if current medical information indicates that the student’s behavior and/or medical condition could reasonably expose others to illness or disease. This exposure risk must exceed that commonly found in community environments and would include a student’s possession of presently contagious illness or disease and/or failure to maintain appropriate hygiene.
While our university expects all students to meet the behavioral standards, it recognizes that some students possess medical or psychological conditions that may affect functioning within the behavioral rules of the university. Additionally, students may not be discriminated on the basis of verified physical or psychological disability as determined with regard to applicable federal and/or state law provided that they remain otherwise qualified, which is defined as being able to meet the fundamental academic and behavioral standards of the university.
The university thus reserves the right to form a multidisciplinary team to determine whether medical or psychological intervention (e.g. medication, counseling) is necessary in order for the student to meet the minimal behavioral standards. When composed, at least one member of this team must be a qualified health or mental health clinician. If medical or psychological intervention is determined able to assist the student in meeting the behavioral standards, the university may choose to offer the student the opportunity to comply with an intervention plan as a partial or complete substitute for disciplinary action for past and non-egregious violations. The student may also be placed on a contract that clearly identifies the behaviors of concern, the accompanying behavioral expectations, and the length of contract. If the student does not meet the behavioral standards after assenting to an intervention plan, or if the student violates the contract, the university may take disciplinary action up to, and including, suspension or dismissal.
The DLRC is not directly involved in the handling of immediate emergencies. In the event of an emergency Campus Safety (949-214-3000) should be contacted. The DLRC will provide consultation services during student crises as requested by university personnel.