Academic Support Office (ASO)
ASO Freqently Asked Questions (FAQs)
A disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of the individual.
- Major life activities: normal functions, such as caring for one's self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working.
- Physical impairment: any physiological disorder or condition, cosmetic disfigurement, or anatomical loss affecting one or more of the following bodily systems: neurological, musculoskeletal, special sense organs, respiratory and speech organs, cardiovascular, reproductive, digestive, genitourinary, hemic and lymphatic, skin and endocrine.
- Mental impairment: any mental or psychological disorder such as mental retardation, organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, and specific learning disabilities.
- Learning disabilities: a generic term that refers to a heterogeneous group of disorders manifested by significant difficulties in the acquisition and use of listening, speaking, reading, writing, reasoning, or mathematical abilities. These disorders occur in persons of average to very superior intelligence.
The University will make admission decisions without considering disability status. The University will not impose or apply admission or eligibility criteria that screen out or tend to screen out individuals on the basis of their disability, unless such criteria is necessary for the provision of the program, service or activity being offered. The University believes that this carries out the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
- Students with disabilities desiring to enroll in any program, service or activity of Reinhardt University must be able to meet the minimal standards of both the University and the particular school, program, service, or activity to which admission is sought.
- The University does not engage in any affirmative action programs for students with disabilities, nor does it consider a student's disability in evaluating admission criteria. It is, of course, within the student's discretion to inform the Admissions Committee of a disability if they wish. If this choice is made, the University will not discriminate against the student on the basis of the disability and will make reasonable accommodations when necessary.
To receive accommodations, students will need to register with the Academic Support Office (ASO). Begin the registration process by contacting the ASO.
If you have a disability that affects your housing needs, register with this office so we can review other options. Because it can take time to find appropriate accommodations for housing needs.
Students requiring assistance in transporting personal items may hire a personal assistant. They may also find a classmate with similar schedule who is available to assist.
Service Animals (SA) are voluntarily registered and Emotional Support Animals(ESA) must be registered with the ASO.
Every semester, students who are registered with Academic Support Office must get accommodation letters from their ASO advisors to give to their professors.
Information shared during registration with ASO will be kept confidential—consistent with state and federal law and applicable ethical standards. Additionally, student association
and paperwork with the ASO is maintained separate from student academic profiles. Association with this office will not be reflected on any transcripts or University records.
Faculty and staff members may be informed of a student's registration with this office, but no details of a disability will be released without expressed, written consent. Information regarding accommodations is only shared as an incidence of necessity (e.g. disclosure to professors that a student has accommodations in order to acquire exams for proctoring).
State and federal law and professional ethics do allow for a few exceptions in which some information may be shared with others.
Examples of the types of circumstances that may warrant the discussion of confidential information with others include:
- A written request that information about be shared with someone outside of this office
- If information shared gives this office reason to suspect that a child or elderly person may be a victim of abuse or neglect
- If there is reason to suspect that a student is a danger to themselves or others
Students receive the same accommodations while studying abroad, but they must be registered with ASO to receive accommodations.
Reinhardt University makes no representation or guarantees about these scholarships, but some resources students may want to explore are listed here.