Excerpts from the 2016-2017 Evangelical Seminary Catalog
These are standard statements included in each annual edition.
Evangelical Seminary admits women and men of any race, color, nationality or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities available at the seminary. Evangelical Seminary does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, nationality or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, financial aid or other school-administered programs.
The Evangelical faculty believes that all people, without regard to gender, ethnicity, culture, race, or age, are of equal worth in the sight of God. Therefore, we are committed to the use of language that expresses this biblical principle. We intend to teach, write, preach, counsel and advise in a manner that does not marginalize or exclude any person or class of persons. The faculty and administration aim to model the use of non-excluding language with students, colleagues and visitors alike. Similarly, we train those studying for vocations in the church to be aware of this issue, and to respond appropriately to it in their ministry contexts. We believe that all humans are equally created in the image of God, and thus are inherently valuable and worthy of respect, and that we all have the right to hear and respond to God’s grace through Jesus Christ.
Students with Disabilities
As a recipient of federal financial aid funds, Evangelical is subject to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which requires the Seminary to provide reasonable accommodations to those with medically verified disabilities. Disabilities that require accommodation are defined as physical or mental impairments that interfere with major life activities.
The Seminary has established a procedure for assisting such students. The student is to contact the Dean of Students. Once “reasonable accommodation” has been determined for a particular student, the Seminary will notify the appropriate professor(s). The faculty members must adhere to the accommodation as defined by the Dean of Students in consultation with the student and the physician of record.
In the event that student fails to notify the institution of his or her needs and seeks to negotiate with a professor, the faculty member must refer the matter to the Dean of Students; no faculty member should take it upon himself or herself to determine reasonable accommodation. If the Seminary has not informed the professor of the student’s need in advance, then the student has not followed the stated procedure or does not qualify for such accommodation.