• Mission of Disability Services:

    Students with disabilities are an integral part of Keck Graduate Institute’s rich diversity. KGI is committed to providing appropriate services and reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities including those with mobility, visual, speech, hearing impairments; chronic illnesses; psychological and intellectual disabilities; and temporary disabilities. The Office of Student Affairs is dedicated to helping all graduate students at KGI with the resources they need to achieve academic and personal success.

    American with Disabilities Act of 1990:

    Prohibits discrimination against individuals with physical and mental disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and access to all public and private places that are open to the general public. Institutes of higher education must provide reasonable accommodations to qualified students. Enforced by U.S. Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

    Section 504 Rehabilitation Act of 1973:

    Prohibits discrimination against an otherwise qualified individual with a disability, solely on the basis of the disability, in any program or activity that receives federal financial assistance. Enforced by Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education.

    Fair Housing Act (Title VII of The Civil Rights Act of 1968):

    Prohibits discrimination in housing based upon race, sex, religion, color, national origin, familial status, and disability. Prohibits refusal to make reasonable accommodations in rules, policies, etc. when such accommodations may be necessary to afford a person with disability the equal opportunity to use and dwell in the residence. Jointly enforced by Department of Housing and Urban Development and Department of Justice.

    Confidentiality:

    KGI complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended, and other applicable state and federal law prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Under these laws, students have the privilege to confidentiality. KGI recognizes that student health information is confidential information as per state and federal laws. It is the responsibility of the student alone to communicate disability accommodations with their faculty.

    Disability Services Handbook:

    View the PDF handbook!

  • How to Register for Accommodations:

    Self-identification is voluntary. All students with a disability that are seeking accommodations must be registered with the Assistant Director of Student Affairs/Disability Coordinator and provide documentation of the disability, if accommodations are desired. Please note that information will be kept strictly confidential.

    • Please email Andrea_Mozqueda@kgi.edu to schedule an intake appointment
    • Digital forms will be provided via email and will be required to be completed prior to the scheduled appointment
    • Intake registration appointments for accommodations may begin as promptly as admittance into the Institution

    Required Documentation:

    All students seeking accommodations must provide documentation of their disability.

    All documentation should:

    • Be current
    • State clearly the diagnosed disability and educational or medical documentation
    • Describe the functional limitations resulting from the disability
    • For learning disabilities, provide all psychological and education testing instructions used in the evaluation report and relevant subtest scores used to document the stated disability

    Accommodations:

    All academic accommodations must be registered with KGI’s Disability Coordinator, in order to use accommodations in the classroom. Accommodations can be given for all categories of disabilities. It is important to make an appointment as soon as possible to determine reasonable accommodations. Documentation is required and may be requested for specific accommodations. It is the students’ responsibility to meet with the Disability Coordinator in order to receive approved accommodations.

  • In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, KGI does not discriminate on the basis of a disability and is committed to providing equal and reasonable accommodations to students who may need an animal present with them.

    • Pet Animal: a ‘pet’ is a dog, cat, or fish animal kept for ordinary use and companionship. A pet is not considered a service or emotional support animal. Pets are not covered by this section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. No pets are allowed on campus unless it is in the Oasis KGI Commons. The owner of the pet should register their animal with Oasis.
      • Disruptive Behavior:
        • If the animal is disruptive or poses a threat to the safety and health of others, KGI does not have to accept the animal if it has demonstrated disruptive and harmful behavior to the community. The owner of the animal is financially responsible for the actions of the approved animal including bodily injury or property damage. The owner’s responsibility covers, but is not limited to, replacement of furniture, carpet, window, and wall covering. The owner is expected to cover these costs at the time of the repair.
      • Compliance:
        • Service animals must be under the control of their owner at all times and cannot be left alone on KGI property. If the owner designates another student to care of their animal, the owner remains solely responsible for the animal’s behavior.
      • Waste:
        • The owner is responsible for ensuring the cleanup of the animal’s waste and disposing it in the identified outside waste disposal containers. The owner, where appropriate, must toilet the animal in areas designated by the Institution. Indoor animal waste, such as cat litter, must be placed in a sturdy plastic bag and securely tied up before being disposed of in outside identified waste disposal containers. Litter boxes should be placed on mats so that waste is not tracked onto carpeted surfaces.
    • Service Animals: a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform specific tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. A service animal can also be a miniature horse that weighs between 70 to 100 pounds and is approximately 24 to 34 inches in height as measured to the should of the horse. The need for service animals can be the following: guide dog or seeing eye dog, hearing or signal dog, sensory or social signals supports, seizure response, or psychiatric service. Only recognized as a service animal under Title I of the ADA.
      • Accommodation:
        • Students who use service animals are not required to register through Disability Services. However, they must confirm with the Disability Coordinator if their service animal has been trained to respond to their disability and show appropriate documentation.
      • Disruptive Behavior:
        • If the animal is disruptive or poses a threat to the safety and health of others, KGI does not have to accept the animal if it has demonstrated disruptive and harmful behavior to the community. The owner of the animal is financially responsible for the actions of the approved animal including bodily injury or property damage. The owner’s responsibility covers, but is not limited to, replacement of furniture, carpet, window, and wall covering. The owner is expected to cover these costs at the time of the repair.
      • Compliance:
        • Service animals must be under the control of their owner at all times and cannot be left alone on KGI property. If the owner designates another student to care of their animal, the owner remains solely responsible for the animal’s behavior.
      • Waste:
        • The owner is responsible for ensuring the cleanup of the animal’s waste and disposing it in the identified outside waste disposal containers. The owner, where appropriate, must release the animal in waste areas designated by the Institution. Indoor animal waste, such as cat litter, must be placed in a sturdy plastic bag and securely tied up before being disposed of in outside identified waste disposal containers. Litter boxes should be placed on mats so that waste is not tracked onto carpeted surfaces.
    • Emotional Support Animals: could be any type of animal, it is not limited to either a dog or miniature horse. It provides general therapy comfort to one’s physical, social, emotional, or cognitive state. Defined by the section 504 of Rehabilitation Act and by the Fair Housing Act.
      • Documentation:
        • Students who use emotional support animals are required to connect with Disability Services to complete the appropriate documentation.
        • Documentation must be in the form of a letter or report from a physician, psychologist, psychiatrist, or other medical provider who is qualified to make the diagnosis and is currently treating the student for the disability for which they are requesting a service animal. The documentation must be signed and dated within the last year. The documentation must include the specific diagnosis, statement of current condition, the date, and a summary of the most recent evaluation and the expected duration of condition.
      • Vaccination and Health:
        • In order for an emotional support animal to be approved by Disability Services, the owner must provide the following documentation:
          • Evidence of required vaccinations
          • Evidence of licensing as required by state or local law
      • Food:
        • Emotional support animals can be fed freeze dried or otherwise dead animals and still maintain their health. Owners of emotional support animals are not allowed to feed their animal live animals for food.
      • Disruptive Behavior:
        • If the animal is disruptive or poses a threat to the safety and health of others, KGI does not have to accept the animal if it has demonstrated disruptive and harmful behavior to the community. The owner of the animal is financially responsible for the actions of the approved animal including bodily injury or property damage. The owner’s responsibility covers, but is not limited to, replacement of furniture, carpet, window, and wall covering. The owner is expected to cover these costs at the time of the repair.
      • Compliance:
        • Emotional support animals must be under the control of their owner. If the owner designates another student to care of their animal, the owner remains solely responsible for the animal’s behavior.
      • Waste:
        • The owner is responsible for ensuring the cleanup of the animal’s waste and disposing it in the identified outside waste disposal containers. The owner, where appropriate, must toilet the animal in areas designated by the Institution. Indoor animal waste, such as cat litter, must be placed in a sturdy plastic bag and securely tied up before being disposed of in outside identified waste disposal containers. Litter boxes should be placed on mats so that waste is not tracked onto carpeted surfaces.
  • Contact KGI Disability Coordinator:

    Andrea Mozqueda, MA
    Assistant Director, Student Affairs
    Building 535, Office 29
    Andrea_Mozqueda@kgi.edu