Culver-Stockton College is committed to providing the best possible educational environment for all academically qualified students. The mission of Disability Services at Culver-Stockton College is to provide assistance and reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities, such that those students have the opportunity to succeed in the classroom, limited only by their abilities, not their disabilities.
Guidelines for Students Requesting Reasonable Accommodations for Disabilities Affecting Academic Performance
A student with a disability affecting academic performance should inform the Coordinator of Academic Support Services in writing of his or her disability and the nature of its effect on his or her academic performance. If an instructor becomes aware of or suspects a student has a disability, the instructor should refer the student to the coordinator of Academic Support Services.
The College, however, provides reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified students with disabilities to assist them in obtaining an education. Accordingly, instructors make reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities in order to allow them opportunity, consistent with their diagnostic profile, to learn course content and to subsequently demonstrate mastery of course content. Instructors should not make such accommodations for students with disabilities without specific directives from the Coordinator of Academic Support Services.
In order to be considered eligible for reasonable accommodations, a student must submit the following to Academic Support Services:
- In the case of a physical disability, neurological disability, or emotional disability, a current medical evaluation completed by a licensed physician is required. A current medical evaluation is one which has been completed within one calendar year of the initial request for reasonable accommodations.
- In the case of a learning disability, a current psychoeducational evaluation completed by a psychologist licensed by a state board of examiners in psychology or certification by a state department of education in psychology is required. The psychologist must provide his or her license or certificate number in the report. A current psychoeducational evaluation is one having been completed within one calendar year of the initial request for reasonable accommodations.
- In the case of an attention deficit disorder, a current medical and a current psychoeducational evaluation are required.
In order for a student to be considered eligible for reasonable accommodations, submitted evaluations must include a diagnostic statement of the specific disability and must contain recommendations for reasonable accommodations which are appropriate to the disability and its effect on academic performance. Each semester, a student should request in writing that the recommendations for reasonable accommodations be made available confidentially to his or her designated instructors. This written request should be filed with the Academic Support Services on the form provided by that office and should be done so at the earliest date possible prior to the beginning of a semester for which accommodations are requested.
The Coordinator of Academic Support Services, with appropriate consultation, will review students' evaluations and, at the request of the student, inform instructors of appropriate accommodations. Informal reassessments of the need for continuing accommodations will occur periodically. The need for additional formal medical or psychoeducational evaluation can be initiated at the request of either the Academic Support Serivces or the student.
Students encountering unresolved problems with individual faculty members should submit a written appeal to the Coordinator of Academic Support Serivces. If the student is not satisfied with a decision made by the Coordinator of Academic Support Serivces, an appeal may be submitted to a committee composed of faculty and administration.
Examples of Reasonable Accommodations:
- use of dictionary for homework and tests
- readers and note-takers
- books on tape
- alternative exam arrangements (e.g., extra time for exams, oral exams, separate room for testing)
- large print versions of course reading or testing materials
- written directions to supplement oral directions (test, homework, etc.)
- additional time to read extensive homework assignments
Access to Facilities by Physically Disabled Persons
Culver-Stockton College will take the necessary steps to ensure that any qualified disabled person is neither denied the benefits or excluded from participation in any program or activity provided by the College nor denied the use of its services. Because the scheduling of classes and the arranging of housing may require reasonable advanced planning, physically disabled persons accepted for admission should identify themselves within two months of the start of the semester of admission and indicate the nature of accommodations they may need.