Clarkson College is committed to providing equal access to educational opportunities to otherwise qualified persons with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (as amended, 2008) defines a person with a disability as any individual who: 1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, 2) has a record of such an impairment, or 3) is perceived by others as having such an impairment. In this commitment, the College will provide reasonable accommodations to otherwise qualified individuals provided these accommodations do not: 1) fundamentally alter the nature or operation of the programs, services, or activities at the College, 2) cause undue burden to the College, or 3) pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others.
Procedure for Students Seeking Accommodations
The student must initiate the process of requesting accommodations by contacting the Accommodations Coordinator via email or phone at 402.552.2693 to schedule an intake interview. The student should bring to the intake interview any documentation he/she has related to his/her disability and previous accommodations (if applicable). The Accommodations Coordinator may request additional documentation to assist in determining reasonable accommodations depending on the situation.
If a student does not have any documentation, the student is still encouraged to contact the Accommodations Coordinator to schedule an intake interview. During the intake interview, the Accommodations Coordinator will then determine what documentation, if any, is needed. Documentation is seen as a bridge between the student’s self-report and the Accommodations Coordinator’s judgement. When there is a gap in understanding, documentation is often needed to determine reasonable accommodations. Reasonable accommodations depend upon the nature and degree of severity of the disability. While the ADA requires that priority consideration be given to the specific methods/accommodations requested by the student, it does not imply that a particular accommodation must be granted if it is deemed not reasonable and other suitable techniques are available.
Once the intake interview is completed and adequate documentation is received, the Accommodations Coordinator will determine eligibility for accommodations, and if eligible, what accommodations are approved. This will be communicated to the student, and if accommodations are approved, the student will receive a Statement of Eligibility (SOE) documenting his/her approved accommodations. With the student’s permission, through a signed Release of Information, the Accommodations office will send, at the beginning of each semester, an outline of approved accommodations to faculty of courses the student is enrolled in. Concurrently, the student is strongly encouraged to initiate communication with his/her faculty. If the student has been deemed ineligible for accommodations, the student may appeal this decision by contacting the Accommodations Coordinator who, in turn, will forward this appeal request to the Accommodations Committee.
If the student needs any changes in accommodations or wants to discontinue accommodations, he/she must contact the Accommodations Coordinator immediately via email or by phone at 402.552.2693.
Timelines for Accommodations
Accommodations are varied, and therefore, the amount of time required to provide accommodations to students also varies. Given that, the following guidelines were established to inform students of the amount of time it may take to arrange for one or more accommodations.
- Generation of Statement of Eligibility (once all documentation is received): 3 business days
- Notification to faculty of approved accommodations (if accommodations approved prior to the start of the semester): By first day of class
- Notification to faculty of approved accommodations (if accommodations approved after the start of the semester): 3 business days
- Testing in an alternative location: 3 business days
- Providing note taking services: 2 weeks
- Exam reader or scribe: 2 weeks
- Modification of classroom facilities: 2 weeks
- Modification of classroom materials: 5 weeks
- Sign language interpreter services: 6 weeks
- Assistive technology: 6 weeks
- Textbooks in alternate format: 8 weeks
The disclosure of any disability is considered confidential and will be treated in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Information released to other College employees will be done on a need to know basis and only after the student has signed a Release of Information form.
Dr. Kris Hess
PH 402.552.2693 TF 800.647.5500