Student Access and Accommodation Services (SAAS)

Student Access and Accommodation Services is part of the Office of Student Success. This service provides for equal access; the College is committed to making individuals with disabilities full participants in its programs, services and activities through compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended.

The staff of the Office of Student Success is committed to enhancing student’s academic development and independence, and will work with students on an individual basis to assess reasonable academic accommodations that provide equal access to full participation in the college environment.

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Requesting Accomodations

The College will analyze each request on a case-by-case basis within the specific context of the activity in which the student plans to participate. The College has the right to select among equally effective methods of accommodating a student with a disability. The College also has the right to refuse an accommodation based on undue hardship to the College. Accommodation requests and services are not retroactive, and therefore requests for accommodations should be made it a timely manner.

In order to be eligible to receive accommodations, students must complete a three-step process of self-identification.

  1. Complete an Request for Accommodation Form

This Request for Accommodation form is required in order to register with the Office of Student Success/SAAS and it should be completed by the student. This form provides students the opportunity to describe their accommodation needs in their own words, which helps guide their intake meeting with the Director of Student Success.

  1. Provide Documentation

In addition to completing page one of the Request for Accommodation form, all students must provide documentation of their accommodation needs. This starts with submitting all pages of the Request for Accommodation form to their medical professional. Documentation must be supplied by an appropriately licensed professional, be relatively current, and follow certain criteria, as provided in the Essential Elements for Accommodation Documentation. Documentation that does not provide answers to the questions on the Request for Accommodation Form cannot be considered until all information is received/provided. The student is responsible for following through on their request with their medical professional.

  1. Complete an Intake Meeting

Once proper documentation and intake paperwork are received, they will be reviewed to determine eligibility for services and supports. Following the review, the student will be contacted by the Director of Student Success either to schedule an intake meeting or to request additional information.

Intake meetings are a chance for students to further clarify their needs and concern, as well as familiarize themselves with the SAAS staff, procedures, and testing center. Students can expect for these meetings to be an open and interactive dialogue related to their request for accommodation form, documentation, and past and current experiences. Intake meetings are typically held in-person, take less than 20 minutes, and are scheduled during regular business hours. These meetings generally result in a student having a formal accommodation and confidential support plan.

Document policies, including definitions, regarding the College's commitment to equal access

Policies: https://www.bsmcon.edu/college-catalog-policies

Specific policies, number and title:

ADM 1.06 Appeal Process for Student Grievances/Complaints: Academic and Non-Academic

ADM 2.05 Academic Advisement and Support Services

ADM 3.03 Student Access and Accommodation Services

ADM 3.17 Honor Code System

ADM 3.21 Student Rights and Responsibilities

NUR 1.02 Essential Technical Standards for Nursing Students

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