Student Services Manual (SSM)

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Effective: 9/17/2003

Revised: 7/1/2012

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SSM 701–14: Full-Time Enrollment Equivalency for Students with Disabilities

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Purpose

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To provide equal access to university classes, programs, and resources for qualified ASU students with disabilities

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Sources

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The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 United States Code §§ 701–796
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (1990, 2008), 42 United States Code § 12101 et seq.
Retention and Reporting Information for F, J, and M Nonimmigrants; Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS); Final Rule, Federal Register Vol. 67, No. 238, December 11, 2002, 8 CFR, parts 103, 214, 248, and 274a
Disability Resource Center
ASU International Student Office

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Policy

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On a semester-by-semester and individual student-request basis, the Disability Resource Center (DRC) will determine eligibility for and recommend full-time enrollment equivalency for qualified students (i.e., full-time student status when registered for less than the number of credit hours defined by the university as full time). Under no circumstances will a full-time equivalency be recommended for credit hours totaling less than half time as published in the university catalog.

Supporting documentation will be required for each semester a full-time equivalency is requested. The documentation must be current and should be submitted at the time the request for consideration of full-time equivalency is made.

Appropriate university offices will receive a completed and signed Full-Time Enrollment Equivalency Verification Form from the eligible student or authorized DRC disability professional upon its approval. Each university office will determine what administrative benefits, if any, students may be eligible for based on the recommendation for a full-time equivalency. A DRC recommendation for full-time enrollment equivalency does not apply to or exempt a qualified student from meeting satisfactory academic progress requirements established by the university, college/school or department/degree program. Students should consult with their academic adviser to ensure they are meeting these standards.

Students are strongly encouraged to request full-time equivalency as an accommodation prior to the first week of any semester to facilitate campus services that would be significantly affected otherwise (ASU International Student Office, Financial Aid and Scholarship Services, University Registrar Services, etc.).

Note: International students must also get permission prior to the onset of each semester from the International Student Office before concurrently enrolling, reducing course load, or dropping below full-time enrollment for any reason. Under SEVIS regulations, DRC-approved full-time enrollment equivalency based on severity of disability does not apply to calculating full-time enrollment for immigration purposes.

See the DRC Web site for detailed information and procedures for accessing services and accommodations available for qualified students at specific ASU campuses and sites.

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Cross-Reference

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See also SSM 701–02, “Eligibility for Accommodations—Required Disability Documentation.”


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