Shenandoah University is committed to providing equal access to the University programs, events, and services to all students with disabilities.
Our mission is to provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations and support services that will assist students in achieving their academic and professional goals. The Office of Learning Resources and Services collaborates with students, faculty and staff to create an educational environment that is equitable and inclusive for all members of the university community.
As part of Shenandoah University’s commitment to upholding the letter and spirit of the laws that ensure equal treatment of people with disabilities, the university recognizes and adheres to the mandates of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. It is the policy of Shenandoah University that no otherwise qualified individual is denied reasonable and appropriate access to or participation in any program or activity of the university because of a disability. Pursuant to this policy, the university’s Office of Learning Resources and Services (located in the Academic Enrichment Center) is a resource for students, faculty and staff. Individuals who have a documented disability should request assistance from the director. Faculty and staff charged with assisting those with disabilities may utilize the services of the director as a source of expertise and assistance.
Please contact the Office of Learning Resources and Services with questions or to request the appropriate forms be sent to you. (540) 665-4928
My personal goal that I have while I’m here at SU is to have the campus more aware of me and my disability. For the purpose of them understanding that it doesn’t matter what I have “wrong” with me, but that I’m just as normal as the next person. I am visually impaired, and I am the only one of the few visually impaired students on campus that walks with a vision cane. Shenandoah promotes diversity, and you can even tell that through the pictures that are placed online already. But the more I’m involved in regular activities on campus, the more the campus will begin to accept me. Not only that, but I want the other visually impaired students to feel like they can be themselves too. Often I don’t come across many people like me that are as willing to change things, so I tend to advocate for more than just myself. By me doing this, I feel it makes a statement about my willingness to advocate for those purposes, but it also says a whole lot about Shenandoah University as well. It’s the littlest things that make the biggest difference!
Kierstan Ellis | English Education, ’19