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be approved. In keeping with ADA and Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation ACT of 1973 specific accommodations may
be cited in provided documentation; but not approved if the
accommodations are not necessary to avoid discrimination,
or relate to a request that would alter / or modify the pace,
content or essential skills required for a program of study.
Further, the student, not an individual acting on behalf of the
student must disclose. The student is also responsible for
following procedures for using accommodations, and has
the right to decline accommodations. Disability information
is protected under laws such as FERPA and HIPPA; which
limits the sharing of information to only individuals who have
a specific need to know, and to those individuals whom the
student has designated through a signed release. Specific
documentation must define the disability in accordance
with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Amendment
Act of 2009. Documentation must be current, and provide
evidence of a disability that affects a major life activity.
Specific accommodations should be cited and relate directly
to the disability.
Accommodations or services provided
by community based providers must be approved and
coordinated through the Counseling and Disabilities Office.
It is recommended that documentation be provided during
the application process, prior to enrollment. A Transitional
Interview is recommended for all students who request
accommodations. Documentation provided by applicants
who are not admitted will only be maintained for one
academic year. For further information contact Ms. Schuch,
at email@example.com or review information
available at www.stevenscollege.edu under Counseling and
Any questions regarding the approval or implementation of
accommodations should be discussed with the Disabilities
Coordinator. Any issues will be resolved through discussion
among the instructor, Disabilities Coordinator, student, and if
necessary the Vice President of Academic Affairs. Grievance
Procedure Steps: Students with documented disabilities are
eligible for reasonable accommodations in accordance with
the Americans with Disabilities Act and Amendment Act
(ADAAA). These accommodations are determined by the
Disabilities Coordinator in conjunction with the student and
his or her treating physician or medical provider. The student
then has the responsibility to inform individuals who have a
need to know by providing them with a copy of the signed
Accommodations Form. If the student has any questions
or concerns regarding the nature of any accommodation
provided or the process by which the accommodations is
being provided, the student may schedule a meeting with the
Disabilities Coordinator. In the event the student disagrees
with the outcome of any meeting with the Disabilities
Coordinator and requests additional review, the student
recognizes and agrees to permit information related to his/
her disability to be shared with faculty, staff, administrators,
and legal counsel to determine appropriate action.
Challenge of Reasonable Accommodations:
If a student disagrees with any accommodations offered by
the Disabilities Coordinator, the student has the right to have
the decision reviewed through the following steps:
1) Request a meeting with the Disabilities Coordinator
to review documentation, and related accommodations
request. A summary of the meeting will be provided to the
student with a copy placed in the student's file.
2) Submit a Written Request- If the student does not
think the situation is resolved, the student must submit
a written request to the Director of Student Services or
the VP of Academic Affairs for a review of the situation.
The administrators will review the decision made by the
Disabilities Coordinator, and the student's concerns to
determine if the student's request is denied or approved. A
written decision must be provided to the student, and a copy
placed in the student's file in the Disability Coordinator's
Office, with copies provided to any other individuals involved
in providing accommodations to the student.
3) Approved Accommodations- If a student believes that
the accommodations she/he has been approved by the
College are not being provided or being provided in a manner
inconsistent with the approval, the student should take the
1) The Student should request a meeting with the
individual, who is responsible for providing the
accommodation to discuss the student's disability and
2) The Student should schedule a meeting with the
Disabilities Coordinator to discuss his or her issues
3) If the situation is not resolved then the student should
request a meeting with the VP of Academic Affairs or
Director of Student Services as described above.
At each step of the review process documentation of the
decisions and actions taken by the individuals involved
in reviewing the decision will be placed in the student's
academic file, with copies to those individuals with a need to
know. Students are reminded that:
1) Not all accommodations available in high school are
available in college.
2) Colleges do have the right to deny accommodations
with respect to the specific requirements of a course, or a
program of study.
3) Students must initiate the process by meeting with the
Disabilities Coordinator, and by providing the documentation
requested prior to receiving services.
Note: Revealing a disability to a specific instructor or staff
member is not considered disclosure.
4) Accommodations are not retroactive; therefore, students
are encouraged to disclose prior to starting classes, and to
renew accommodations at the start of each semester, rather
than waiting for a problem to develop before requesting
Students are employed by the College each year to work
in the library, residence halls, intramural programs, athletic
programs, student tutors, and throughout the campus.
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