Student Accommodations Policy

Revised 8/17, 1/22

Purpose:

The Board of Trustees and the Administration of Bellin College ensures that no qualified persons shall be denied access to the benefits of education, activities or programs at Bellin College, solely by reason of disability.  For each qualified student, accommodations shall be granted to ensure equal access to educational opportunities, programs and services according to the needs of the student.

Policy:

Rehabilitation Act of 1973

No public or private institution may discriminate against a disability solely by reason of the disability based on Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr504faq.html

Bellin College is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide all students with the appropriate, necessary, reasonable, and affordable accommodations for those with documented disabilities. If a student anticipates requiring any auxiliary aids or services, they should contact the Accommodations Specialist.

Accommodations are determined as a result of self-disclosure by the student of their disability. This is completed confidentially with the Accommodations Specialist. This is followed up with a comprehensive individualized assessment and review of the required documentation from a licensed professional. The following are the written documentation guidelines:

  • Current diagnosis (testing must be within three years)
  • Submitted by a licensed clinician qualified to make the diagnosis in the area of specialization.
  • Clearly stated diagnosis.
  • Names and scores of psychological and psycho-educational instruments used in arriving at the diagnosis.
  • How the diagnosis impacts the student’s functioning.
  • Recommendations for accommodations
  • Any related supporting medical or academic documentation

Each academic year students must renew their accommodations by filling out the appropriate documentation and have it sent to the Accommodations Specialist. The exception to this is students in the BSN 15 month accelerated program.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Each student with an identified and documented disability has the right to receive reasonable accommodations from Bellin College:

  1. Equal access to courses, programs, facilities, services and activities offered through Bellin College.
  2. Equal opportunity to learn, receive appropriate accommodations, academic modifications, and equipment needed to ensure equal access.
  3. Adherence to confidentiality of all information regarding their disability and to choose to whom information about their disability is disclosed, except as permitted or required by law.
  4. Accessibility to necessary information will be available in reasonable formats, pertaining to the student’s individual disability.

Each student with an identified and documented disability has the responsibility to ensure they meet and follow through to:

  1. Meet qualifications and maintain essential institutional standards for courses, programs, services and activities.  (i.e. completing assigned work in courses undertaken)
  2. Identify themselves in a timely manner as an individual with a disability when accommodations and modifications are needed and seek information and assistance as needed from appropriate sources designated by the college, as soon as possible.
  3. Provide appropriate and Bellin College comprehensive documentation when seeking accommodations from approved licensed professional by (a) describing the nature of the disability, (b) describing how the disability limits the student’s participation in courses, programs, services activities and facility needs and (c) recommends the type of accommodation needed to afford equal access and opportunity for the student.
  4. Once the student has supplied the college with the appropriate documentation the accommodations specialist (or designee) will review the appropriate documents to create an accommodations plan. During this time the college will determine if the accommodations will best benefit the student in their studies and future career.
  5. Once an accommodations plan is made the student will have the opportunity to review the plan and sign the release of the accommodation notification.
  6. The accommodations specialist will release the accommodations plan to the appropriate people.

Go to  the Accommodations webpage 

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