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resolution. As part of the resulting agreement, the
university agreed to remove the dismissal from the
student’s transcript and ofﬁcial record, replace ref-
erences to her dismissal with voluntary withdraw-
als or another nonpunitive form of leave, and ex-
tend an offer of readmission. ■
Student claims university failed
to provide practicum accommodations
Case name: Letter to: Argosy University, No. 09-
14-2280 (OCR 03/15/16).
Ruling: The Ofﬁce for Civil Rights found that
Argosy University failed to engage a student in an
interactive process to secure needed accommoda-
tions. However, it also found insufﬁcient evidence
that the fact that she was not placed at a practi-
cum site was discriminatory.
What it means: Programs with practicum com-
ponents have a responsibility to work with stu-
dents requesting accommodations to ensure they
have access to those educational opportunities.
Summary: A complainant alleged that Argosy
University discriminated on the basis of her disabil-
ity when it failed to engage in an interactive process
with her to determine the accommodations needed
for a practicum required as part of her program, and
when she did not receive a practicum placement.
The student, who was enrolled in the Master of
Arts in Counseling Psychology program, was regis-
tered as a student with a disability and was receiv-
ing academic adjustments for dyslexia. The student
told the Ofﬁce for Civil Rights that she had also
been diagnosed with ADHD and spinal stenosis.
However, she had not provided documentation of
these conditions to the institution or requested ac-
commodations for them prior to 2014.
In April 2014, she told the associate director of
student services about her back-related condition
and stated that she wished to amend her accom-
modation notiﬁcation letter to include a limitation
on climbing stairs. She was informed that accom-
modation letters for practicum sites could not be
issued, and told to follow the practicum agency’s
process for requesting accommodations. Despite
that, the student tried to submit documentation
of this condition, but claimed the university would
not accept it, and that when she tried to bring up
the issue with the director of clinical training, de-
partment chair, and academic advisor, she was
again informed that accommodations should be
procured through the practicum site.
OCR found that the university violated Section
504 of the Rehabilitation Act by failing to consider
her request for an accommodation at a clinical
practicum site that would address her disability-
related inability to climb stairs. However, it did not
ﬁnd the fact that she did not receive a practicum
placement discrimination. Her participation was
contingent on passing a group counseling course
with a B– or higher, but she failed the ﬁrst time
and got a C the second time. ■
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