Student Handbook - Disabilities
- In pursuit of self-advocacy, neither the use of similar services in high school or at another college nor the unreasoned recommendation for an accommodation guarantees provision of such services at Union College. Rather, documentation must be complete and support the suggested accommodation of the student who is otherwise qualified to attend Union. Please refer to the sections on Documentation Guidelines for specific documentation criteria.
- A student with disabilities on a college campus is encouraged to take an active role in developing strategies for reasonable accommodation. (For example, students with documented learning disabilities are encouraged to talk with relevant faculty and staff about the disability in order to determine how a given accommodation will be provided). Students who understand the disability, through reviewing coping strategies with the evaluator who provided the original assessment documentation, have an easier time self-advocating.
- Should any issues arise during the term, it is the student’s responsibility to make faculty and administration aware of them in a timely fashion in order to receive help. Students should meet with the Director of Student Support Services who can assist in determining whether the problem can be addressed and what resources might be available. There are limitations on the accommodations that can be provided. The student can work with the Director of Student Support Services and the administration to determine what is appropriate for the situation. The accommodation will allow equal access without altering the core requirements of the academic program.
Students seeking reasonable accommodations should be aware that it is their responsibility to:
- Supply supporting clinical documentation (see Documentation Guidelines) to the Director in advance of the term to determine ADA eligibility and appropriate services and accommodations. Submission of documentation after the Term begins may result in a delay in the receipt of accommodations.
- Request accommodations from the Director in person with at least two (2) weeks’ notice of the accommodation needed. If less than two (2) weeks’ notice is given, reasonable efforts will be made to provide reasonable accommodations, but accommodations are not guaranteed.
- Confirm the adequacy of accommodations as soon as possible and notify the Director whenever they encounter unsatisfactory conditions.
- Within one week of obtaining the ID card verifying a testing accommodation from the Director approach faculty and staff in a confidential setting to discuss accommodations provided and deliver, in person, the letter from the Director to the faculty or staff. Reasonable accommodation for testing may include, but is not limited to, extended testing time, reduced distraction area, or a reader.
- Obtain syllabi and lists of course materials for reproduction in alternate formats.
- Adhere to deadlines established by the Director, Residential Life, faculty, Registrar, etc., for submission of documentation and requests for accommodations.
- Notify the Director of pre-registered classes for the following Term so accessible space can be arranged if necessary.
- Students are encouraged to also pursue financial aid and/or state vocational rehabilitation support for accommodations and personal equipment needs.