Services for Students with Disabilities
CEU is committed to creating accessible and inclusive educational environments, where disability is recognized as an aspect of diversity. This institution-wide commitment is guided by the principles of Universal design and aims to reduce the need for individual accommodations. In support of its commitment to create accessible and inclusive educational environments, CEU aims to
• identify and reduce barriers for persons with disabilities and provide services and reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities.
• promote access through training, partnerships, and proactive design in both the Vienna and Budapest campuses.
Students who face barriers to their learning regarding the instruction or design of courses, accessing information or environment or request reasonable accommodations should contact the Disability Services Officer.
We ask students with disabilities to notify Central European University of their disability and their request for accommodations by the start of the academic year. In addition, students can file a request for accommodations at any point during the year. However, a delayed submission may imply longer review periods.
Students will be asked to present documentation supporting the disability and suggested accommodations. The documentation provided to the Disability Services Officer and the Dean of Students Office is kept confidential. Information submitted directly to the Dean of Students Office will not become part of a student’s permanent record at CEU.
For documentation or diagnosis of disability, students may turn to the staff of the CEU Medical Centers or the Student Counselling Services who may give a referral to the appropriate specialist or institution. Documentation from the student's former university, doctor, or practitioner may also be submitted. The submitted documents should be in English or include a translation, and preferably no older than two years from the date on which the request is made.
Students who have a documented disability are entitled to reasonable accommodations or modifications to help them meet academic standards and maintain normal social relationships at the University. “Reasonable” is understood to exclude any accommodation that places an undue burden on the University or would require a fundamental alteration of programs or services. Accommodations include, but are not limited to, exam modifications (extended time, alternative formats); alternative ways of completing assignments; housing policy exemptions; and auxiliary aids and services. All documentation is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Documentation of a specific disability does not translate directly into specific accommodations. The particular accommodations afforded to a student will be determined by the Dean of Students, in consultation with the Medical Center or the psychological counselor and the Committee on Students with Disabilities; after a student request, which has to be submitted to the Disability Services Officer. The same procedure applies to cases of emergency. In urgent cases, however, the response time may be shortened.
For more information, please consult the Student Disability Policy. Members of the Committee on Students with Disabilities represent the Dean of Students Office; the student body by a nominated member of the Student Union; the University administration; and the faculty, and they make decisions about student requests with the students remaining anonymous.