Equal access is a right of students with disabilities, but it requires students to advocate for this right. Students must initiate the request for an accommodation and provide current documentation and bring forth additional requests or issues. The Director of the Center for Equal Access (the Center) will work with the students on learning to advocate for themselves. Unlike high school, it is the college student's responsibility to assure his or her needs are begin met and whether or not he/she is succeeding academically. College students are considered adults.
The College of St. Scholastica must provide reasonable accommodations to "level the playing field," but the student must be able to meet all academic requirements and abide by the Student Code of Conduct. Academic requirements are not waived due to a student's disability. Students must be able to meet the academic requirements with the approved accommodations. Auxiliary aids include adaptations needed to make the College campus and programs accessible. The Center is not obligated to provide the same accommodations received in high school or at other colleges, or all the accommodations recommended by a medical professional. No accommodations will be provided until adequate documentation is received. It is the student's responsibility to plan ahead if the accommodation or auxiliary aid requires a long lead-time, such as a sign language interpreter.
Full and equal participation in and access to the courses, programs, services and activities of the College of St. Scholastica.
Reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services.
Reasonably available information in accessible formats.
Meeting institutional qualifications and maintaining essential institutional standards for courses, programs, services and activities.
Identifying themselves in a timely manner as an individual with a disability when an accommodation is needed and seeking information, counsel, and assistance as needed, preferably prior to the start of courses.
Providing documentation from an appropriate licensed professional source:
Identify and establish functions, abilities, skills, knowledge, standards, and criteria for courses, programs, services and activities.
Request and receive current documentation from an appropriate licensed professional source that supports accommodation requests as well as requests for academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services.
Deny a request for accommodations, academic adjustment, and/or auxiliary aids and services in consultation with a student with a documented disability:
Refuse to provide an accommodation, adjustment, and/or auxiliary aid or service that is ineffective or unreasonable, including any that:
Pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others.
Fundamentally alter the courses, programs, services, or activities of the College.
Pose an undue financial or administrative burden.