Welcome to Gardner-Webb University

We are excited about your decision to pursue your college career at Gardner-Webb University. This handbook will inform you of many accommodations and services available to you as a student with a disability. This handbook will also explain various Noel Center policies. These policies have been established to ensure you receive accommodations in the best and most efficient manner possible.

Gardner-Webb University Notice of Nondiscrimination

Gardner-Webb does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in employment or any of its programs and activities.

Statement of Values

Christian Heritage
Acknowledging One God – Creator and Sustainer of life, and Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; committing to self-giving service displayed in Christ-like moral action that respects the dignity and value of every person.

Baptist Heritage
Affirming historic Baptist values such as the freedom of individual conscience and the right of people to worship God as they choose, the authority of Scripture in matters of faith and practice, the priesthood of every believer, the autonomy of the local church, and the separation of church and state.

Academic Excellence
Encouraging visible enthusiasm for knowledge, intellectual challenge, continuous learning, and scholarly endeavors; inviting pursuit of educational opportunities within and beyond the classroom for the joy of discovery; and inspiring accomplishment within one’s field of study.

Liberal Arts
Offering broad-based exposure to the arts, humanities and sciences and to each field’s unique challenges, contributions, and life lessons; complementing the acquisition of career-related knowledge and skills with well-rounded knowledge of self, others, and society.

Working collaboratively to support and promote shared goals, assuming responsibility willingly, meeting commitments dependably, handling disagreement constructively, and persevering despite distraction and adversity.

Student-Centered Focus
Providing students an environment that fosters intellectual and spiritual growth; encourages physical fitness, service, social and cultural enrichment; strengthens and develops moral character; and respects the value and individuality of every student.

Community Engagement
Assisting campus, local, national, and global communities through education, outreach, and research; fostering dialogue and action in support of human welfare and environmental stewardship.

Studying and celebrating our world’s rich mix of cultures, ideologies, and ethnicities; respecting and welcoming students without regard to ethnicity, gender, religious commitment, national origin, or disability.

Mission Statement

The Noel Center for Disability Resources believes in the equality of all people and in the ability of each person to contribute in a meaningful way to the global society. The Noel Center will provide reasonable accommodations in order for students to receive equal access to a higher education while striving to assist students in obtaining the knowledge, skills and confidence to become effective self-advocates. These accommodations and services will be provided in such a way that the student can exercise his/her right to self-determination.