- Do I need to inform my Professor’s at the College?
No, after the intake meeting the staff of student services/SAAS will work with faculty and staff in order to facilitate implementation of accommodations. Your tests will be taken in the testing center with a proctor from the Office of Student Success. The student is responsible to register each semester with the Office of Student Success/SAAS to ensure his/her eligibility to continue receiving accommodations and provide any updated documentation when applicable.
- Who works with my Professor’s?
The Office of Student Success/SAAS, in consultation with other departments as appropriate, will put reasonable accommodations into place in a timely manner after the intake meeting.
- Will my tests be at the same time as the class time?
Most likely, yes. However, this depends on space and staff availability. Occasionally, you may have a different test time.
- What about confidentiality?
Student disclosure of an accommodation is voluntary. Information pertaining to an applicant’s or student’s disability will be shared only among those in Administration who have a need to know in order to evaluate and facilitate the request for reasonable accommodation and the applicant’s or student’s qualifications. The College considers disability-related information as confidential material and will protect it in accordance with the Family Educational Rights to Privacy Act (FERPA). Information will not be released unless:
• The student provides written authorization;
• The information is required by law;
• The information is needed in order to assist the student with an educationally related issue
- What happens if I am late to the testing center for my test?
The amount a test taker is late will be deducted from the total testing time (regardless of accommodations being provided). This is the same as when you are late for class during an exam. Students who are late to an ATI exam or are more than 15 minutes late to any other exam will not be able to test and will need to discuss the matter with their course faculty.
- As a student seeking assistance with accommodations; what am I responsible for in the process?
- Contacting the Office of Student Success, self-disclosure, completing the request for accommodation form and following through with their medical provider for documentation.
- Providing complete, adequate, and current documentation from an appropriately qualified professional regarding the condition and accommodation. Students are responsible for costs associated with obtaining the appropriate documentation.
- Notifying the Office of Student Success of accommodation requests as soon as possible to support the timely implementation of accommodations if approved. While we recommend that requests for accommodation are submitted prior to the beginning of the semester, accommodation requests can be made and will be considered at any time. An average turnaround time is up to two weeks.
- Note that granted accommodations are not effective retroactively so a student will not be able to retake exams or redo assignments that were originally completed before he or she asked for and received an accommodation.\
- What does a review of documentation involve?
- All documentation will be reviewed on an individual, case-by-case basis. This calls for an individualized inquiry, examining the impact of a disability on the individual and within the specific context of the request for accommodations.
- Determination of accommodations is an interactive process. The Director of Student Success may contact the evaluator, as necessary and with the student’s permission, for clarification of any information (tests results, conclusions, recommendations, etc.) contained in the documentation. An intake meeting with the student will be conducted in order to inquire about the disability, understand its impacts and identify appropriate accommodations. The institution and the individual with a disability will determine appropriate accommodations.
- Documentation of a specific disability does not translate directly into specific accommodations. Reasonable accommodations are individually determined and based on the functional impact of the condition and its likely interaction with the environment. As such, accommodations may vary from individual to individual with the “same” disability diagnosis and from environment to environment for the same individual.