Access Center- Student Disability Support Services
Getting Registered for Services
What are Academic Accommodations?
A reasonable accommodation is any modification or adjustment that will enable a qualified student with a disability to participate in a course, program, facility, activity or service and includes adjustments to assure that a qualified individual with a disability has rights and privileges equal to students without disabilities. Reasonable accommodations may include academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, services, or modifications for facilities.
The goal is to give a student with a disability equal access to the learning environment. Individualized accommodations are not designed to give a student an advantage over other students, to alter a fundamental aspect of the course, or to reduce academic rigor.
The Access Center determines reaonable accommodations as mandated under the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, and/or services are determined on a case-by-case basis. The following is a list of potential accommodations which may be granted based on the students' disability and how it impacts them in a postsecondary educational environment.
- Extended time for taking exams
- Distraction reduced environment for taking exams
- Access technology access for taking exams
- Accessible formatted exams
- Attendance flexibility
- Sign Language Interpreter for classes
- Access to lecture notes
- Course material converted to accessible format
- Adaptive equipment
Note: This is not an exhaustive list of potential accommodations.
Although temporary medical conditions are not covered as disabilities under the ADA or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the institution recognizes that such injuries/illnesses can occur during the school year that may adversely affect a student’s ability to fully participate in classes. Examples of temporary medical conditions may include, but are not limited to: broken limbs, hand injuries, or short term impairments following surgery or medical treatments. Students seeking temporary accommodations should contact the Access Center to discuss possible options.
Students seeking accommodations because of medically related complications due to pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery should also contact our office.
Steps to Registering for Services
To receive accommodations and services, students must first register with the Access Center. We strive to make this a simple and quick process.
- Contact our office to schedule an accommodation eligibility appointment with one of our Accessibility Coordinators.
- Bring Disability Documentation to the accommodation eligibility appointment. You may also submit your documentation online in advance of your appointment using our Secure File Drop. Documentation is not required to meet with an Accessibility Coordinator, though it is helpful in expediting the accommodation eligibility process. Students who do not have documentation are encouraged to schedule an informational appointment with an Accessibility Coordinator to learn more about access to assessments on campus and in the community.
- The accommodation eligibility appointment usually lasts between 60 to 90 minutes, during which the student and the Accessibility Coordinator engage in an interactive process to assess and determine eligibility for accommodations.
All appointments are private and all disclosed disability information and documentation is handled in a confidential manner.
NOTE:It is recommended that students establish an ongoing relationship with their accessibility coordinator to ensure needs are appropriately met. Students who utilize the resources available to them also tend to be more successful in their academic environment.