General Information, FERPA


General Information, FERPA

I. Statement of Purpose

It is the policy of Arirang University to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities who are students or student applicants. Arirang University will adhere to all applicable federal and state laws, regulations, and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford equal academic opportunity to qualified individuals with disabilities. Academic and administrative departments will provide reasonable accommodations in a timely manner. Academic opportunities shall not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations.

Arirang University does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, medical condition (as determined under Virginia employment laws), or status as a Vietnam-era veteran or qualified disabled veteran in the administration of its educational programs, school administered programs, publications or in its employment practices.

II. Definitions

Disability. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12102) defines “disability,” with respect to an individual, as:

A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of such an individual; A record of having such an impairment; or Being regarded as having such an impairment.

Major Life Activity. Major life activities include but may not be limited to, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, working, caring for oneself and performing manual tasks.

Qualified Individual with a Disability. A qualified individual with a disability is a person who meets legitimate skill, experience, education, training, or other requirements of full or part time student status that s/he holds or seeks, and who can perform the essential functions of a
student in an academic setting with or without reasonable accommodation.

Requiring the ability to perform “essential” functions assures that an individual with a disability will not be considered unqualified simply because of inability to perform marginal or incidental functions. If the individual is qualified to perform essential functions except for limitations caused by a disability, the University must consider whether the individual could perform these functions with a reasonable accommodation.

Because of a disability, a qualified person can’t be: excluded from participation in, denied benefits of, or be subject to discrimination by any service, program, or activity.

Reasonable Accommodation. Reasonable accommodation is any modification or adjustment to a course, activity, program, building, area, or the academic environment that will enable a qualified prospective or current student with a disability to participate in the application process,
courses, activities, programs, or to perform essential academic and student functions. Reasonable accommodation also includes adjustments to assure that a qualified individual with a disability has rights and privileges in the academic and University setting equal to those of
students without disabilities.

Reasonable accommodations include but are not limited to, making existing facilities used by students readily accessible to and usable by an individual with a disability, adjusting course schedules, providing assistive devices or equipment, modifying existing adaptive equipment,
providing readers or interpreters, modifying examinations, training, or other programs, and modifying program/University public areas. The University is not required to lower quality or quantity standards as an accommodation; nor are they obligated to provide personal use items
such as glasses or hearing aids.

Reasonable Accommodation: Academic Adjustments and Auxiliary Aids
Arirang University is not required to provide attendants, individually prescribed devices, readers for personal use or study or other devices of a personal nature. A university is only obligated to provide tutorial services to students with disabilities in the same manner it provides
such services to nondisabled students. The University may choose the methods by which the auxiliary aids will be supplied so long as the methods offered provide the student equal opportunity. The University may not charge the student for necessary reasonable accommodations.

An institution of higher education must provide a student, if applicable, academic adjustments to ensure that s/he receives an equal opportunity to participate. Examples of academic adjustments may include:

(1) Additional time to complete tests, coursework, or graduation;
(2) Substitution of nonessential courses for degree requirements;
(3) Adaptation of course instruction;
(4) Tape recording of classes; and
(5) Modification of test taking/performance evaluations so as not to discriminate against students with sensory, manual, or speaking impairments (unless such skills are the factors the test purports to measure).

An institution of higher education must also, if applicable, provide auxiliary aids and services to persons with disabilities such as:

(1) Qualified interpreters, note takers, computer aided transcription services, written materials, assistive listening systems, closed caption decoder, open and closed captioning, TDDs; (2) Readers, taped texts, audio recordings, large print and braille materials; (3) Acquisition or modification of equipment.

Undue Hardship. This includes any action that is unduly costly, extensive, or disruptive. The University is not required to make an accommodation if it would impose an undue hardship. If a particular accommodation would be an undue hardship, the University must try to identify another accommodation that will not pose such a hardship. Additionally, if the cost of an accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the University, the individual with a disability should be given the option of paying that portion of the cost which would constitute an undue hardship, or providing the accommodation themselves.

III. Campus Contacts
Administration Dean
Kathe Ana, 4613-D Pinecrest Office Park Drive Alexandria, VA 22312

ADA Compliance Coordinator
Patricia Cutchember, 4613-D Pinecrest Office Park Drive Alexandria, VA 22312

Song Kim, 4613-D Pinecrest Office Park Drive Alexandria, VA 22312



Privacy and Review of Student Records Under FERPA
Arirang University is obligated to notify students annually of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, sec 428, Publ. L 90-247 (FERPA), as amended. FERPA is a federal law that sets forth requirements governing the protection of students’ right to privacy in their educational records, and affords students the right to inspect and review their education records maintained by the school.

It is ARU’s policy to insure compliance with all provisions of FERPA and/or any regulations pertaining to FERPA, and to provide a procedure for handling alleged violations of them. If a student believes that ARU has failed to comply with the Act and/or any regulations, he/she may file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education; alternatively, he/she may contact the ARU Administration Dean.

Students have the legal right to review their educational records. Students also have the right to request in writing that the Registrar make changes to their records if they believe those records to be inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of their rights. Students have the right to file an appeal in accordance with the Student Grievance Policy in this student handbook. Additionally, a student has the right to file a written complaint with the Family Policy Compliance Office if s/he believes that ARU has not complied with FERPA regulations:

Family Policy Compliance Office
US Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605

All ARU students have the right to request a correction of records that they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If ARU decides not to amend the record, the student has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if ARU still decides not to amend the record, the student has the right to place a written statement in the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.
Every effort is made to protect the privacy and confidentiality of student records. Appropriate members of the ARU administration maintain official confidential academic records, supporting documents, and other confidential student records. The Administration Dean is responsible for ensuring the maintenance of these records and for compliance with the FERPA regulations.