Non-academic accommodations are modifications or adjustments to university services, jobs, activities, or facilities in order to achieve a welcoming and equitable campus environment. The nature of the accommodation is to provide a qualified individual with an equal opportunity. Possible accommodations at Concordia University, Irvine may include, but are not limited to:
Persons with temporary disabilities who need accessible parking accommodations can apply for a Temporary Accessible Parking Permit. The applicant must be a student, faculty or staff member of the University and have registered their vehicle with the Department of Campus Safety. The Temporary Accessible Parking Application is available at the University Services Office in Suite 120 of the Administration Building. A licensed physician will need to provide justification for accessible parking privileges and sign the Temporary Accessible Parking Application. The clinician submitting the documentation must not be a family member or relative of the applicant. The Temporary Accessible Parking Application is to be turned in to the receptionist in Administration Building Suite 120.
The application will be reviewed by the Director of Campus Safety, Director of Disability and Learning Services, and the Director of Health Services. Upon receipt of the application, the applicant may be issued a Temporary Accessible Parking Permit valid for 21 days to obtain a Disabled Person Parking Placard from the Department of Motor Vehicles. After 21 days, the applicant must present a Disabled Persons Parking Placard to continue to use accessible parking privileges. It is illegal for a person to provide false information, falsify a doctor’s signature, possess or display a counterfeit or altered placard, or allow someone to use a placard when the person with the disability is not in the vehicle.
Persons who have been approved for accessible parking must understand that the Temporary Accessible Parking Permit does not allow parking in the following areas:
- Disabled Person Parking stalls designated in blue stall markings (CVC 22507.8)
- Fire Lanes and Red Zones (CVC 22500.1)
- Sidewalks, roadways, or other pathways
- Neighboring residential communities
- Lawns or other landscaped areas
A Temporary Accessible Parking Permit does not guarantee that accessible parking will be available at the time of need. Safety Escorts are also available for those with temporary disabilities. Campus Safety Dispatch can be reached at all times by phone at (949) 214-3000.
Concordia University was founded in 1976. Because of this, some of the buildings are not up to current building codes and accessibility standards. When facilities are newly built or undergo major renovations, designs are such that allows for accessibility. If there is a specific barrier, contact the DLRC. The DLRC, University Services, and Facility Services will consider the feasibility of requests for change or will develop an accommodation to meet the need. When it is a classroom, the particular class will be relocated.
To help foster independence, students are encouraged to work with the Department of Rehabilitation to acquire technology specific to their need(s). In lieu of that, Concordia University will work with the student to assure that the student’s needs are being met with reasonable accommodations.
Housing Placement Considerations
Some students with disabilities may receive special consideration regarding their housing placements. Such considerations may include placement in specific dormitories or rooms and private rooms. In most cases, a recommendation from the DLRC is required for students to receive these considerations on the basis of disability.
All requests for disability housing accommodations must be submitted to the DLRC for review by April 1st for the Fall semester housing placement and by November 15th for the Spring semester. New students may make housing accommodation requests following admission to the University. If you have a temporary disability, are admitted to Concordia University after the deadline, or have a disability that is diagnosed after the deadline or during a semester, contact the DLRC as soon as possible.
Students requesting housing accommodations are required to discuss the request with the Director of Disability and Learning Services and submit the required medical documentation before their request will be reviewed. A signed doctor's letter from an appropriate medical professional that includes a diagnosis and specific impairments, recommended accommodations, and the rationale for the accommodations are needed. All requests will be reviewed by both the DLRC and the Office of Residential Education and Services to determine if the request will be granted.
All accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis and will only be considered for students with physical, medical, psychological, or sensory disabilities that are appropriately documented and determined to impact a major life activity. Single rooms are not granted as an accommodation for disabilities that primarily impact studying (ADD/ADHD) since there are alternative quiet study locations on campus. As a rule, disability related requests to void an existing Housing License Agreement or to be exempt from freshman or sophomore housing will not be granted.
Renewals for disability housing accommodations should be resubmitted to the DLRC annually in the spring by the contract deadlines set by the Office of Residential Education and Services. Disability housing accommodation requests submitted after the Housing License Agreement deadline for renewing students or after April 1st for new requests may be denied. Requests for housing accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Students requesting housing accommodations (other than structural modifications) must submit documentation to the DLRC from an appropriate health care professional to substantiate the necessity of the accommodation. This documentation must include:
- The diagnosis of a medical or psychological condition.
- Information regarding how the medical or psychological condition impacts the student in a community living environment.
- Recommended accommodations (e.g. single room requests, space considerations for medical equipment).
- Information regarding the clinical complications that could occur if the housing accommodations were not provided.
Section 504 of Part II, Title 34 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 104.44 (d) states specifically, “Recipients (post-secondary education programs that receive or benefit from Federal financial assistance) need not provide attendants, individually prescribed devices, readers for personal use or study, or other devices or services with a personal nature.” Concordia University’s position is that personal needs necessitating an attendant are the responsibility of the student.
Concordia University Irvine Animal Policy
Concordia University Irvine (CUI) is committed to making reasonable modifications to its rules, policies, and practices as required by law to afford people with disabilities an equal opportunity to access its programs, services, and activities.
Who To Contact
|…bringing an assistance animal to campus. ||Disability & Learning Resource Center (DLRC) |
Administration Building, Suite 114
|…bringing an assistance animal to CUI campus housing. ||Disability & Learning Resource Center (DLRC) |
Administration Building, Suite 114
|...reporting any animal in CUI campus housing that is disruptive, out of control, or poses a threat to safety. ||Residential Education & Housing Services (RES) |
On Call Phone 949-307-6216
|…reporting any animal elsewhere on campus that is disruptive, out of control, or poses a threat to safety. ||Department of Campus Safety |
|…reporting a concern about disability discrimination or harassment. ||Office of the Provost |
|…bringing an assistance animal to campus. ||Human Resources |
|…bringing an assistance animal to CUI campus housing. ||RES |
949-214-3046 or 949-214-3047
|…reporting any animal in CUI campus housing that is disruptive, out of control, or |
poses a threat to safety.
|RES On Call Phone |
|…reporting any animal elsewhere on campus that is disruptive, out of control, or |
poses a threat to safety.
|Department of Campus Safety |
|…reporting a concern or questions about assistance animals, disability discrimination or harassment. ||Disability and Learning Resource Center |
A “pet” is any animal kept for ordinary use and companionship. Assistance animals (service and support animals), as defined below, are not considered pets. Except in the residence halls, where fish are permitted in a tank no larger than 10 gallons, pets are prohibited indoors on the CUI campus.
This policy applies to assistance animals that may be used by individuals with disabilities at CUI. The term “assistance animal” is the overarching term that refers to both service animals as well as support animals as defined below. Therefore, an assistance animal is an animal that either:
- works, provides assistance, or performs tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability; or
- provides emotional or other type of support that alleviates one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person’s disability.
A “service animal” means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the person’s disability. The provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship does not constitute work or tasks for the purpose of this definition. Species other than dogs or, in some cases, miniature horses, are not considered service animals for the purpose of this definition of a service animal.
Service animals will be permitted to accompany people with disabilities in all areas of CUI’s facilities, including on campus housing, where students, members of the public, and other participants in services, programs or activities are allowed to go. CUI does not require documentation, such as proof that the animal has been certified, trained, or licensed as a service animal. Individuals accompanied by a service animal on campus but who do not need any disability-related accommodations are not required to register with the Disability and Learning Resource Center (DLRC), nor is such individual required to submit a request for a reasonable accommodation to receive access of his or her service animal.
Additionally, CUI cannot ask about the nature or extent of a person’s disability to determine whether a person’s animal qualifies as a service animal. However, when it is not readily apparent that a dog is a service animal, CUI staff may make two inquiries to determine whether the dog qualifies as a service animal, which are:
- Is the dog required because of a disability?
- What work or task has the dog been trained to perform?
A service animal must be housebroken (i.e., trained so that it controls its waste elimination, absent illness or accident) and must be kept under control by a harness, leash, or other tether, unless the person is unable to hold those, or such use would interfere with the service animal’s performance of work or tasks. In such instances, the service animal must be kept under control by voice, signals, or other effective means.
CUI will assess requests for the use of miniature horses by people with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Requests should be submitted to the DLRC and, consistent with applicable laws, CUI may make modifications in its policies to permit their use if they meet certain criteria and have been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of people with disabilities.
- Support Animals
A “support animal” is an animal that provides emotional or other support that ameliorates one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person’s disability. Unlike service animals, support animals are not required to be trained to perform work or tasks, and they include species other than dogs and miniature horses.
Support animals are generally not allowed to accompany persons with disabilities in all public areas of CUI as a service animal is allowed to do, but a support animal may reside in campus housing, including accompanying such individual in all public or common use areas of campus housing, when it may be necessary to afford the person with a disability an equal opportunity to use and enjoy campus housing. Before a support animal can move into campus housing with a person with a disability, a request must be submitted to CUI’s Disability and Learning Resource Center and approval must be granted (preferably at least one month prior to move in). If the disability is not obvious, the DLRC may require documentation from a licensed physician or mental health provider, including without limitation a qualified psychiatrist, social worker, or other mental health professional, to provide sufficient information for CUI to determine:
- that the individual qualifies as a person with a disability (i.e., has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities); and
- that the support animal may be necessary to afford the person with a disability an equal opportunity to use and enjoy campus housing (i.e., that the animal would provide emotional support or other assistance that would ameliorate one or more symptoms or effects of the disability).
While support animals are generally not allowed indoors on CUI’s campus other than in campus housing, people with disabilities may request approval from the DLRC to have the support animal accompany them to other campus areas. Such requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis consistent with applicable laws.
Guide and Hearing Trainees
California law allows animals that are being trained to be guide dogs for the blind, hearing assistance dogs, or assistance animals for persons with physical impairments to access CUI facilities
Responsibilities of People with Disabilities Using Assistance Animals
CUI is not responsible for the care or supervision of assistance animals. People with disabilities are responsible for the cost, care, and supervision of assistance animals, including:
- compliance with any laws pertaining to animal licensing, vaccination, and owner identification;
- keeping the animal under control and taking effective action when it is out of control;
- feeding and walking the animal, and disposing of its waste;
- ?dog or cat must be at least six (6) months old; and
- dog must be bathroom and crate trained so as to avoid defecating and urinating in the dorm room. Potty pads are not allowed; animal MUST be potty trained.?
For specific campus areas designated by CUI for toileting service animals, contact RES or the DLRC. Waste disposal via university plumbing is prohibited in university residences, but RES or the DLRC can provide guidance on where to appropriately dispose animal waste.
CUI will not require any surcharges of fees for assistance animals. However, a person with a disability may be charged for damage caused by an assistance animal to the same extent that CUI would normally charge a person for the damage they cause.
People with disabilities who are accompanied by assistance animals must comply with the same university rules, including the student code of conduct, regarding noise, safety, disruption, and cleanliness as people without disabilities.
Exceptions and Exclusions
CUI may pose some restrictions on, and may even exclude, an assistance animal in certain instances. As noted above, support animals are generally not allowed indoors on CUI’s campus other than in campus housing. Persons with disabilities may request approval from the DLRC to have the emotional support animal accompany them to other campus areas as a reasonable accommodation. Such requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis consistent with applicable laws. Any animal may be excluded from an area in which it was previously authorized to be only if:
- it is out of control and effective action is not taken to control it;
- it is not housebroken (or in the case of a support animal that deposits waste in a designated cage or litter box, the owner fails to clean such cage or box such that the cleanliness of the room is not maintained); or
- it poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others that cannot be mitigated by reasonable modifications of policies, practices, or procedures, or the provision of auxiliary aids or services.
In considering whether an assistance animal poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others, CUI will make an individualized assessment, based on reasonable judgment, current medical knowledge, or the best available objective evidence, to determine:
- the nature, duration, and severity of the risk;
- the probability that the potential injury will actually occur; and
- whether reasonable modifications of policies, practices, procedures, or the provision of auxiliary aids or services, will mitigate the risk.
The University Provost shall name a designee who shall provide a written statement of explanation to any person with a disability if a determination is made that the presence of that person’s assistance animal would fundamentally alter the nature of a program, service, or activity.
In the event that restriction or removal of an assistance animal is determined to be necessary, the person with a disability will still be given the opportunity to participate in the service, program, or activity without having the assistance animal present.
The above provisions on restrictions and exclusions are not intended to cover modifications to reasonable accommodations. The reasonable accommodation process and modifications to reasonable accommodations are covered under CUI’s policy on reasonable accommodations.
As noted above, support animals are not permitted in doors, including in university housing, on CUI’s campus unless approval has been granted by the DLRC in compliance with California State law. Persons with disabilities may request approval from the DLRC to have the emotional support animal accompany them to other campus areas on a case-by-case basis consistent with applicable laws.
Guidelines for the Members of the CUI Community
To ensure equal access and nondiscrimination of people with disabilities, members of the CUI community must abide by the following practices:
- Allow assistance animals to accompany people with disabilities on campus;
- Do not ask for details about a person’s disabilities;
- Do not pet an assistance animal, as it distracts the animal from its work;
- Do not feed an assistance animal;
- Do not deliberately startle, tease, or taunt an assistance animal; and
- Do not separate or attempt to separate a person from his/her assistance animal.
If a member of the CUI community has a disability that may be affected by the presence of animals, please contact the Disability and Learning Resource Center. CUI is committed to ensuring that the needs of all people with disabilities are met and will determine how to resolve any conflicts or problems as expeditiously as possible.
A student or employee who wishes to file a disability discrimination complaint should contact the Office of the Provost at 949-214-3203.
Students with concerns about potential discrimination may also contact the United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development by phone at (800)-877-0246, or on the web at www.hud.gov/complaints/ (and click on Housing Discrimination), or the United States Department of Justice, Disability Rights Section by email at ADA.firstname.lastname@example.org, or on the web at www.ada.gov.
Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Fair Housing Act