Textbooks and other materials are available in alternate format for students whose documentation supports this need.
Due to copyright laws, the student must have ownership of his/her textbooks and show proof of ownership before textbooks can be provided in alternate format. Students obtain ownership of textbooks and materials in a variety of ways, i.e., borrow, rent, or purchase.
The Noel Center for Disability Resources will make every effort to provide materials in a timely manner and in the specific format requested. Some text items do not lend themselves to certain alternate formats; in this situation, the student and alternate text coordinator will collaborate in finding an appropriate alternative.
In the event, the student borrows any alternate text materials (example: braille Bible and maps) from the Noel Center, he/she will return these materials to the program secretary at the end of each semester.
The University provides alternate format materials without charge. However, students will be financially responsible for alternate formats checked out which are lost, damaged, or not returned by the end of the semester. Failure to return or reimburse for materials will result in the student being blocked from registration and/or a hold on the transcript.
Gardner-Webb University provides a comprehensive system of accommodations that enables students with disabilities access to the University community. Reasonable accommodations are determined based on current documentation, and other supporting information and are made on a case-by-case basis. It is generally considered non-discriminatory to adhere to academic standards that are essential to a course of study. Each student will be assigned an accessibility advisor who will assist with the arrangements for accommodations. The accessibility advisors adhere to the Association of Higher Education and Disability Code of Ethics.
Notetaking Services are available for students whose documentation supports such an accommodation. The preferred notetaking accommodation for qualified students is access to an audio notetaking system. For situations in which an audio notetaking solution is unable to be used, alternative notetaking services may be approved. These alternative accommodations should only be considered in consultation with the student’s Accessibility Advisor in situations where a student’s disability or the classroom setting restricts effective use of audio notetaking.
As of 2021, GLEAN is the system of choice provided for notetaking accommodations. GLEAN allows students to integrate personal notes and class presentation materials with an audio recording. While a GLEAN recording is in process, students may also mark the content for later review.
If a student is unable to use audio notetaking, they must consult with their Accessibility Advisor. Together, they will determine an alternate accommodation. Depending on which alternative notetaking options are selected, the Accessibility Advisor will provide instructions for the student to access the notes.