The Office of Academic Assistance is responsible for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and manages all student requests for special accommodations due to disabilities. An applicant with a documented disability must satisfy the regular admission requirements, and the nature or existence of an applicant’s disability will not affect whether he or she is admitted to the College.
Once accepted to the College, students who wish to receive reasonable accommodations must take the following steps:
- Complete and submit the Confidential Student Disclosure and Accommodations Request Form.
- Along with the above-mentioned Disclosure form, provide documentation of a medical assessment and/or psycho-educational evaluation completed in the last three (3) years. Documentation for a psychological disorder must be current within the last twelve (12) months.
- Documentation must define the disability according to professional standards, list the recommended accommodations, and explain the rationale for those accommodations with regard to the student’s specific disability.
- Upon submitting proper documentation of his or her disability, the student will be informed of the accommodations that the College can provide. Throughout the student’s enrollment in the College, he or she is responsible for reinstating any accommodations term-by-term by meeting with the Director of Academic Assistance.
- Accommodations related to coursework and classroom environments are determined on a case-by-case basis. Common accommodations include extended time on tests, a distraction-reduced testing environment, and minor modifications to methods of testing. The College does not provide prescribed devices, readers for personal use or study, or any specialized academic tutoring beyond that available to all students. It is recommended that students who are non-ambulatory or whose mobility is severely restricted should visit the campus and consider the appropriateness of the physical facilities before applying to the College. The College is not responsible for providing personal care attendants.
- Students with disabilities are expected to maintain the same academic standards as other students, and are expected to seek academic support if necessary.
The Office of Academic Assistance invites students with disabilities to contact them at any time for consultation. All questions and concerns will be treated confidentially. Please note that neither the Director nor any other official of the College may discuss the student’s disability with the student’s parent(s), guardian(s), or instructors without the written consent of the student.
Hours – Monday through Thursday, 8:00am-5:00pm; Fridays 8:00am-4:00pm; other hours by appointment
Linda Tennant, Director of Academic Assistance
Kimberly Stallings, Coordinator of Academic Resources – Disability Services
- DO-IT – Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology – Resources for Students with Disabilities
- AHEAD (Association on Higher Education and Disability) – Resources for Students and Parents
- Information on Disability Programs and Services Nationwide
- Attention Deficit Disorder Association – Resources