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Non-Discrimination Policy

Non-discrimination policy

Bethesda University Acknowledges that all persons are equally created in the image of God. Everyone has equal opportunity and access to BU’s education all programs and activities. The school does not discriminate on the basis of color, race, gender, ethnic background, age, handicaps or disabilities, marital or veteran status in any of its policies, procedures, or practices. Non-discrimination policy applies to admission policy, education programs, and all other activities that BU provides, only except is with respect to religion, wherein because Bethesda University is a Christian University, it does mandate that employees be of Christian faith.

The school provides full and affirmative compliance with the provision of Title VI of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975.

services and facilities available to students with disabilities

Bethesda University is proud to assist students with disabilities, physical or intellectual, and is committed to accommodating their needs to the best of our abilities.  A student with documented disabilities is to bring documentation to the office of the academic dean so that the administration can work with the student in developing accommodation strategies to meet that student’s needs.  Appropriate documentation includes diagnosis by a certified professional (licensed medical physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, or counselor), an IEP or a 504 plan from a public school system. The document must be on official letterhead and include a description of the limitations that are a result of the diagnosis and the recommended accommodations.

Once identified, a student with disabilities will be given extra accommodation by their instructors as needed (e.g., extra time on assignments and tests, extra meetings with the instructor, a quiet and less distracting location to do an assignment or complete a test, help with note-taking, etc.).  Special parking and use of the elevator is available.  While Bethesda University cannot provide personal assistants, devices, or transportation, we are happy to help identify organizations that can provide goods and services that can assist with one’s special educational needs.

Students with intellectual disabilities, depending on the degree of disability, may be encouraged to audit courses.  We do not offer special courses, certificates, or degrees specifically for students with intellectual disabilities.  Students with intellectual disabilities will study in the same on-campus or online classes as other students.

Dogs that are specifically trained as service animals to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability are allowed if the work or tasks performed by the service animal is directly related to the handler’s disability.  This can include services related to physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.  This policy is designed to help in situations like providing a low-vision individual with navigation, assisting an individual during a seizure, or assisting a person with mobility issues with balance and stability.  A student desiring to use a service animal on campus must make an appointment to bring the animal to the academic dean for approval.  Documentation of an up-to-date vaccination and license will be required.  A mere sense of comfort, safety or emotional support does not qualify an animal for approval.  An animal that is disruptive or that poses a threat to others may be disapproved before or after being given initial approval.  The owner is responsible to be in control of the dog, pick up any animal waste, and is liable for any damage done by the service animal.

location and facilities

Bethesda’s main campus is located in Anaheim, in the heart of beautiful Southern California. It is less than 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles, America’s second-largest city, two hours from Mexico and minutes from world-renowned Disneyland. Anaheim is located within Orange County, which has over forty miles of coastline along the beautiful Pacific Ocean and enjoys a very comfortable climate your round. Orange County is the home of numerous recreational attractions including Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Edison Field (home of the California Angeles baseball team), and Arrowhead Pond (home field of the Mighty Ducks hockey team).

The campus facilities include a chapel, conference rooms, student lounge, computer lab, classrooms, lecture halls, and a library holding over 38,000 volumes. Students will be using computer labs, laptops, books, and other materials for their classroom lectures.

Bethesda University’s facilities (including restrooms and classrooms) are designed to permit handicapped persons to enroll and benefit from education. Handicapped parking provides convenient access to the building entrances. All campus facilities are wheelchair accessible.

Bethesda University is committed to assuring that students who meet the academic and technical requirements for admission to the University are not discriminated against and receive the accommodations required under Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. This means that we will engage in positive efforts to assure accommodations for students with disabilities throughout the application process and after enrollment.

Handicapped parking spaces are reserved for students, visitors, or employees who display an appropriate state-issued handicap placard or license plate.

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