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Accommodations and Absences for Reasons of Faith or Conscience – Students
LWTech is committed to ensuring that students with faith- or conscience-based beliefs have equal opportunity to access and benefit from the College’s educational offerings and services. To this end and in compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Washington’s Law Against Discrimination, LWTech has adopted procedures for reasonably accommodating and allowing for absences and accommodations based upon the faith or conscience based beliefs, observances, and practices of its students.
Procedure: Accommodations for Reasons of Faith or Conscience
LWTech students are entitled to reasonable accommodations for reasons of faith or conscience. Students, regardless of their faith-or conscience-based beliefs, have an equal opportunity to access and benefit from curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular offerings and activities. When college policy conflicts with student faith- and conscience-based beliefs and practices, the College will work with students to identify and implement reasonable accommodations.
1. To receive an accommodation, a student must fill out and submit a request for accommodation form to the Vice President of Student Services (VPSS) or designee at least two-weeks prior to the desired start of the curricular, co- curricular, or extracurricular offering or as soon the student becomes aware of a conflict with College policy. All requests for accommodation must be submitted in writing and contain a concise explanation of how the requested accommodation is related to the student’s faith- or conscience-based belief.
a. The request form can be completed online: www.lwtech.edu/about/policies-procedures
2. Upon receiving a request for accommodation form, the VPSS or designee will work with instruction and the student to identify a reasonable accommodation. Accommodations granted under this policy must be approved by the Office of the Vice President of Student Services or designee in advance of implementation.
3. The VPSS or designee may deny a request for accommodation if the proposed accommodation would (a) pose a legitimate threat to health, safety or well-being of members of the college community, (b) fundamentally change the nature of the course or activity, or (c) result in an undue hardship to the college.
4. The VPSS or designee will provide the student with a document identifying the approved accommodation. The student is solely responsible for providing a copy of this document to each instructor or staff member overseeing a class or activity requiring reasonable accommodation.
5. Upon receiving a copy of the letter approving an accommodation, the instructor or staff will determine what adjustments, if any, are necessary to activities, coursework, testing, and/or assignments. The instructor or staff member will inform the student of these adjustments in a timely manner. Regardless of an instructor’s or staff member’s expectations or grading policies, reasonable accommodations granted under this policy shall not adversely impact a student's grade or evaluation.
Instructors and staff members are not required to honor a request for accommodation that has not been reviewed, approved, and communicated in compliance with the foregoing procedures. Appeals must follow the college’s current “Grievances, Appeals and Complaints” procedure.
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