Samford University

Personal Attendant Policy


Attendant Care Policy Statement

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Samford University recognizes that Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) may be necessary to address the personal needs of a student with a disability in order for that student to fully participate at the University. Students who require personal care attendant services who wish to have the same independent experience as all other college students are encouraged to hire an impartial PCA, who is not a family member or close friend. Students who require such services must contact and register with Samford University's Disability Resources.  Samford is committed to reviewing all requests for reasonable accommodations on a case-by-case basis.

The University does not provide personal care assistants to assist with eating, toileting, or dressing, nor does it assume coordination or financial responsibilities for personal attendant services.  An otherwise qualified student with a disability who requires personal attendant services is responsible for making arrangements to provide for his/her own personal care attendant service.   


A.      Student with a Disability: A student with a disability is identified as an individual who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as specified according to the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act (2008).

B.      Personal Care Attendant (PCA): A personal care attendant is a person hired by a student with a disability to perform activities of daily living duties in Samford University sponsored residence halls, classrooms, programs, and activities.