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Basic principles of Waseda University in relation to the support of disabled students

Waseda University (hereinafter referred to as the “University”) as an educational institution and as a seat of learning open to all members of society, does not discriminate against University students or faculty members (hereinafter referred to as “Members”) in addition to those people who want to become Members, based on whether they are disabled or not and recognizes that the diversity of Members is, regardless of any disabilities, important in terms of education and research, and seeking to positively maintain and enhance recognition of this, hereby establishes the University’s basic principles (hereinafter referred to as the “Basic Principles”) in relation to support of disabled students.

Objectives

Article 1:
The objectives of the Basic Principles are to stipulate the basic items in relation to academic support for disabled students at the University, Waseda University Senior High School,Waseda University Junior High School, Waseda University Honjo Senior High School and Waseda University Art & Architecture School and to contribute to promote support of disabled students at the University.

Principles

Article 2:
1. All Members of the University shall address the elimination of any discrimination based on a disability and strive to secure opportunities for disabled students to participate in education and research on an equal basis to students without any form of disability.
2 . The University establishes an environment where, regardless of disabilities, all students mutually respect the positions of others and contributes to the realization of an all inclusive society.
3. The University supports disabled students so they can independently develop into human resources playing an active role in society.

Definitions

Article 3:
Definitions of the terms used in the Basic Principles are as follows:
1) Disability: Includes physical, developmental, mental and any other physical or mental functional disabilities, and is a condition where due to such disabilities and or social barriers, people with such disabilities are continually and substantially limited in their daily and or social existence.
2) Social barriers: Things, systems, customs, concepts and all other things that serve as barriers in leading a daily and or social existence.
3) Students: Students of the University, Waseda University Senior High School, Waseda University Junior High School, Waseda University Honjo Senior High School and Waseda University Art & Architecture School.
4) Applicants for admission: Those who apply for admission to the University, Waseda University Senior High School, Waseda University Junior High School, Waseda University Honjo Senior High School and Waseda University Art & Architecture School.

Prohibition of discriminatory treatment

Article 4:
Members shall not cause any unfair discriminatory treatment based on disabilities without justification against disabled students and/or applicants for admission with disabilities.

Provision of reasonable accommodation

Article 5:
1. If any disabled student and/or applicant for admission with a disability has expressed his or her intention that he or she is currently in need of the elimination of social barriers, the University, as long as the burden for its implementation is not overly excessive, shall make efforts to provide the necessary and reasonable accommodation in terms of schooling or in order to take an entrance examination to eliminate such social barriers (hereinafter referred to as “reasonable accommodation”) so that the rights and interests of disabled students and applicants for admission with disabilities are not violated or infringed upon.
2. In providing reasonable accommodation, in view of the fact that the entitled party of the right to support is a disabled student or an applicant for admission with a disability, the University shall make adjustments and coordination based on the requests from such a person.
3. To properly implement reasonable accommodations for the individual needs of disabled students and applicants for admission with disabilities, the University will strive to take proactive improvement measures, including the promotion of universal and barrier free designs, the deployment of necessary human resources, along with the improvement of information accessibility.
4. The University endeavors to review the provision of reasonable accommodation depending on the conditions of disabilities and changes of environments, etc., where it deems it to be appropriate.

Consultation/Implementation organization

Article 6:
At the University, all organizations and faculties will cooperate with each other to implement and coordinate support for disabled students and applicants for admission with disabilities and designates points of contact for consultation to properly respond to requests for consultation from disabled students, applicants for admission with disabilities, their guarantors and any other people involved.
1) Office for Students with Disabilities
2) Department student belongs to
3) Health Support Center
4) Career Center
5) Admissions Center (Applicants for admission)

Information disclosure

Article 7:
The University discloses its policies on support for disabled students and applicants for admission with disabilities, consultation organizations, cases of reasonable accommodation, etc. via its website.

Training/Awareness raising

Article 8:
To promote the elimination of discrimination based on disabilities, the University conducts
necessary training and the improvement of awareness for its Members.

Additional clause

Basic Principles shall be enforced from the date of April 1, 2016.

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