Academic Expectations

Students with disabilities are expected to meet at least the minimal academic standards of the University. This includes meeting the University’s GPA and academic progress standards.

Behavioral Expectations

Vanguard University endeavors to provide a safe and orderly environment, insofar as possible, 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 the Vanguard Student Handbook.

The University also expects that the actions of any student not pose an objective danger to self, not pose a direct threat to the health and/or safety of others, and not significantly 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 overdoses, 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, or verbal threat 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 a presently contagious illness or disease and/or failure to maintain appropriate hygiene.

Jeopardizing the Educational Process

Jeopardizing the educational process of others is defined as any disruptive act that within reason impedes another student’s functioning within an academic or community life setting. A violation may include a single disruptive act or ongoing acts and 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 complainants.

University Response

While Vanguard 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 against 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 determine whether medical or psychological intervention (e.g., medication, counseling) is necessary in order for the student to meet the minimal behavioral standards.

If medical or psychological intervention is needed 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. 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.

Crisis Management

The Office of Disability Services is not directly involved in the handling of immediate emergencies. In the event of an emergency call Campus Safety, extension 6799.

Misuse of Accommodations

Students with disabilities who receive accommodations are expected to follow the policies and procedures of Disability Services. Students found misusing accommodations and/or using the accommodations as means of cheating may be subject to disciplinary action.

Proctored Tests – Academic Integrity

For examinations proctored by Disability Services, students may only take appropriate testing materials into the testing room. Any supplemental materials (e.g., notes, books) must be approved in advance by the professor. The Coordinator of Disability Services shall be informed of this approval. Devices such as portable phones, audio players, laptop computers, handheld electronic devices, etc., are not permitted in the proctor rooms. Disability Services reserves the right to photocopy any written materials taken into a testing room and also reserves to right to inform professors of any concerns regarding the academic integrity of the testing. Students who have tests proctored are required to meet the VU academic integrity guidelines.