Snow College is committed to helping all students to have access to curriculum, activities, and events at Snow College. For students who may have disabilities that interfere with this goal, we are committed to working with the student to provide reasonable accommodations as required by federal, state, and local laws. Our policy is to provide accommodations whenever an individual has a disability-related need and requests accommodations. A disability-related need for a requested accommodation exists when there is an identifiable relationship between the requested accommodation and the student’s disability.
To be considered for accommodations through the Office of Disability Services, a student must:
Request accommodations with the Coordinator of Disability Services.
Have a disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities that include, but is not limited to walking, talking, seeing, hearing, or learning.
Provide current and appropriate information about the disability, when necessary.
Reasonable accommodations are defined as:
Any reasonable modification or adjustment that will allow a qualified student with a disability to access a program, service or activity or have the same rights and privileges as students without disabilities and to benefit from all educational programs and activities. Makes it possible for a qualified student with a disability to have access to the educational program and for an instructor to more fairly evaluate the student's understanding of the material. Provides access to all services, but is not a guarantee for success.
A Reasonable Accommodation Is Not:
An aid for the mastery of course content. Any accommodation would cause undue financial or administrative hardship or create a fundamental alteration to courses, facilities, or on-campus housing policies/procedures.
Services not Included under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act):
Bathing, Dressing, Personal Aides, Other Personal Care
Snow College provides academic accommodations to individuals with disabilities. Individuals seeking accommodations must provide appropriate medical, mental health or educational documentation of their condition so that ODS can: a) determine eligibility of accommodations, and b) if eligible, determine appropriate accommodations.
Documentation required to verify the condition, severity, and functional limitations includes completion of the form found at this link or a PDF version found here . This form or provision of equivalent information to the ODS by a licensed a physical, mental health or educational professional. Depending on the condition, the appropriate professional should be a licensed psychiatrist, psychologist, neuropsychologist, or other qualified and licensed physical, mental health or educational professional. Professionals completing this form must have first-hand knowledge of the condition, experience in working with students with physical, psychiatric or psychological conditions and ideally a familiarity with the physical, emotional and cognitive demands experienced by students in an academic setting. Diagnoses of disabilities documented by family members are unacceptable.
The documentation is to help us understand how the disability impacts your ability to have access to the curriculum as well as participate in tasks such as communication, reading, writing, housing, lab activities, coursework, and online learning. Documentation that provides information regarding physical (mobility, endurance, dexterity, etc.) as well as cognitive (attention, processing speed, working memory, communication, etc.) and behavioral abilities will be helpful as well.
NOTE: An IEP or a 504 plan alone may not be enough documentation to guarantee accommodations can be put in place in college. Additional documentation may be required before accommodations can be determined.
The documentation can be submitted to the college with your “Request for Accommodations” or one of the following ways:
Upon receiving the documentation, if necessary, and completion of the interactive discussion, an evaluation of your request for accommodations will take place. It may take up to 4 weeks to complete the review of your eligibility for accommodations. Once completed, the student will receive an email stating the status of the request along with instruction of how to proceed. Due to the time, it may take to complete the process for receiving accommodations at the post- secondary level; students are encouraged to begin the process as early as possible. Students planning to attend Snow College can begin the request for accommodations before receiving a Badger ID#. For example, high school seniors are encouraged to start the process for accommodations in the spring or summer before attending the fall semester.
Once accommodations have been approved, letters will be written stating the approved accommodations. Students will be notified through email or text message that their letters are ready to be picked up. At which point, the students will get the letters for their professor(s) from the Office of Disability Services. It is the student’s responsibility to give their accommodation letters to the professors which they want to be notified of their accommodations. The Office of Disability Services does not communicate nor share the student’s approved accommodations with professors at any point. It is the student’s responsibility to give their letters to their professors. If this process is difficult, due to the student’s disability, they may request accommodation in the delivery of letters to professors.