A. Institutional Mission Statement
Kennesaw State University offers high quality education to students throughout metro Atlanta and northwest Georgia through baccalaureate and master’s degree programs of study. Effective teaching and learning are central institutional priorities. Service and research that strengthen teaching and address the public’s interests are important supportive priorities. Faculty, staff and administrators are committed to providing a challenging and facilitative collegiate environment that fosters high-quality academic preparation, critical thinking, global and multicultural perspectives, effective communication and interpersonal skills, leadership development, social responsibility and lifelong learning. Programs that prepare students well for the advancement of professional pursuits are especially attractive and are offered in the schools and colleges of the university.
B. Compliance Statement
Kennesaw State University provides program accessibility and reasonable accommodations for persons defined as disabled under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Kennesaw State University does not deny admission or subject to discrimination in admission any qualified disabled student.
A number of services are available to help students with disabilities with their academic work. In order to make arrangements for special services, students must visit the Office for Student Disability Services and make an appointment to arrange an individual assistance plan. In most cases, certification of disability is required.
Special services are based on
- medical and/or psychological certification of disability,
- eligibility for services by outside agencies, and
- ability to complete tasks required in courses.
C. ADA Position Statement
Kennesaw State University, a member of the University System of Georgia, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin or disability in employment or provision of services. Kennesaw State University does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Public Law 101-336, gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities. This statute guarantees equal opportunity for this protected group in the areas of public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services and telecommunications.
The following individuals have been designated by the President of the University to provide assistance and ensure compliance with the ADA. Should you require assistance or have further questions about the ADA, please contact:
- ADA Compliance Officer for Students
- ADA Compliance Officer for Facilities
- ADA Compliance Officer for Employees
D. Confidentiality Statement
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the confidentiality of student educational records. Information included under these protections may not be released to a third party without the written consent of the student (or the parents of the student if the student is under 18 years of age), except in those specific instances identified in the law.
Students must sign a release form and request services and accommodations in writing each semester.
Other information regarding confidentiality of student records may be found in the current KSU University catalog.
E. Grievance Procedures
Eligible students deliver certification letters to faculty at the beginning of each semester identifying the accommodations approved. The Assistant Director for Student Disability Services will work with faculty members to ensure that they understand that they must provide students with special needs appropriate accommodations in a timely manner. A student should notify Student Disability Services in writing within 2 days of any disagreement between the student and the faculty member if agreed upon academic adjustments are not provided in order to seek a resolution. A student who alleges discrimination on the basis of disability may file a grievance through the University's established grievance procedure (see University Catalog for grievance procedures). The current process can be found in the KSU undergraduate catalog at http://catalog.kennesaw.edu, then click on Student Rights and Responsibilities.
(Note: policy statements are subject to change. Check the latest version of the on-line catalog for revisions.)