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Accommodating Students with Disabilities

Holy Apostles College and Seminary is committed to the goal of achieving equal educational opportunities and full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities who qualify for admission to the College. Most of the facilities are accessible and special accommodations may be made in modes of answering and time allotted for testing.

It is the responsibility of the student to notify the institution of any special accommodations they require. Students with documented disabilities requiring special accommodations should request information and/or receive a copy of our Disability Services Handbook from the Disability Resource Center.

Requests for academic or financial accommodations must be made prior to the application deadline to allow the institution sufficient time to make any necessary adjustments.

In the case of online students, the Online Learning program pursues all applicable requirements of the American Disabilities Act as concerns its adherence to Universal Design principles.

Federal law requires that institutions of higher education provide reasonable classroom (and other) accommodations to students with disclosed disabilities.

Under federal law, i.e., the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), students at the collegiate level, must self-disclose with respect to any disability and must request accommodations with respect to any such disclosed disability. To comply with the ADA, new students are informed at Orientation about Holy Apostles’ Disability Resource Center. In addition, all instructors will include an ADA statement on their syllabi so that students know where to go for assistance.

Students must complete a disclosure form and submit it to the ADA Coordinator along with a copy of his/her most recent evaluation. The age of the most recent evaluation can be no older than 3 years (an ADA minimum requirement). Once reviewed, the ADA Coordinator will schedule a meeting with the student to discuss the accommodations that will be granted and an accommodation agreement is completed and signed. The student should bring to this meeting, documentation of the disability as well as any other supporting documentation. The documentation must specifically identify the disability and describe the academic limitations associated with it.

It must be on letterhead and signed by a certified professional with expertise in the field of the disability. Documentation look back period cannot exceed three years. All medical records and learning assessments will be kept confidential. Once signed, both the student and the ADA Coordinator get a copy of that agreement along with any instructors the student has for the semester.

The student will also be provided with a copy of our grievance procedures and have access to a representative from the Disabilities Resource Center (DRC) who will serve as an advocate for the student. The student must notify the DRC representative in the event that accommodations are not being followed in the classroom.

The student will also be required to sign a confidentiality waiver which allows the ADA Coordinator to share information regarding the disability with those identified as key personnel at Holy Apostles College and Seminary.

If accommodations are refused, a refusal form is completed and sent to the student. The student may then grieve that decision using the grievance procedures.

The Handbook for Persons with Disabilities is available for download on our website in the Student Resource Area.

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