University of Lynchburg provides reasonable dietary accommodations to students with disabilities who have a verifiable need for the reasonable accommodation. A reasonable accommodation is an exception to the usual rules, policies, practices, or services that a resident with a disability may need to have an equal opportunity to use and enjoy university dining services.
The Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources works with students to provide accommodations for dietary needs related to physical and medical disabilities in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and the Fair Housing Act Amended (FHAA). ADAAA defines disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Under this definition, an impairment is a disability if it substantially limits the ability of the person to perform a major life activity as compared to the average person in the general population.
Dietary Accommodations vary according to the individual needs of each student and are determined on a case by case basis by the Accessibility and Disability Resources Coordinator. In order to fully evaluate a student’s request for dietary accommodations, the Coordinator needs appropriate reasonable documentation of disability. It is the responsibility of the student to provide appropriate documentation to the Coordinator. The documentation must (1) verify the existence of a disability as defined under section 504 and under the ADA; and (2) establish a clear connection between the effects of the disability and the accommodations being requested. Students interested in seeking dietary accommodations should review the Dietary Reasonable Accommodation Policy (PDF). After completing and submitting the Disability Accommodations Request Form for University Dietary Plan, the Coordinator will provide a copy of the Reasonable Accommodation Verification Form for University Dietary Plan to be completed by the student’s provider/physician. Other forms of documentation will be considered, but if information provided is incomplete, the Reasonable Accommodation Verification Form for University Dietary Plan will be required.