Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Policy
These guidelines promulgate policies and procedures that students of Kendall College should follow when seeking disability accommodations, and/or when disputing decisions that Kendall makes in response to accommodation requests. These guidelines are designed to comply with the disability accommodation requirements of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) of 1990.
1. GENERAL PROVISIONS
Kendall does not discriminate on the basis of disability in any of its programs, services or activities. The school will not deny any otherwise qualified student with a disability the opportunity to participate in, or benefit from, any aid, benefit or service that Kendall provides. Kendall will also strive to accommodate applicants and students with disabilities on an individual basis.
Kendall College strives to ensure that all disabled students have full access to the benefits of the College. As such, Kendall will engage in a good-faith interactive process with all disabled students to attempt to identify reasonable accommodations. Reasonable accommodations do not include measures which fundamentally alter the academic programs of Kendall College, or which place an undue financial burden on the school, or which may endanger the student or others at the College.
2. REQUESTING ACCOMMODATIONS
Students requiring accommodations must first provide professional verification of the condition(s) that necessitate the accommodations.
Students with physical disabilities must provide verification by a licensed health care provider who is qualified to diagnose the disability being claimed. Verification may be made by forms available at the Office of Academic Advising (OAA) (i.e., the OAA will provide the forms to the students who will then have the forms filled out by their respective medical providers). The verification must indicate how the student is limited by his or her disability (e.g., cannot sit for periods longer than 30 minutes, cannot see or hear beyond certain distances, etc.), and how long the limitation(s) is/are expected to last. The student shall provide the verification documentation to the OAA. The OAA may ask the student to provide additional verification if the initial verification the student provides is incomplete or inadequate to determine the need for accommodations.
Students with learning disabilities must provide professional testing and evaluation results which reflect the students’ present levels of achievement and information processing. The OAA can provide more information about eligibility for learning disability adjustments or accommodations, as well as documentation criteria. The cost of obtaining professional verification of a learning disability shall be borne by the student.
3. GRANTING ACCOMMODATIONS
The OAA will review all documents submitted to verify a disability and will conduct a personal interview to explore the particular needs of the student requesting an accommodation. The student may be asked to submit a history, if any, of academic adjustments and/or accommodations received in secondary or post-secondary institutions, or in places of employment. Such a history of adjustments and/or accommodations will be subject to verification by the institution or place of employment that facilitated the adjustments or accommodations.
After considering the verification documents, the results of the personal interview, and the history of academic adjustments and accommodations, the OAA will devise a schedule of academic adjustments and/or accommodations appropriate for the individual student. The student shall be notified, in writing, of the OAA’s accommodation decision promptly after it has been made. Unless the student challenges the decision subject to the provisions of Section IV below, the OAA’s accommodation decision will be implemented as soon as is practicable. Every student who receives accommodations and/or academic adjustments shall meet upon request with the OAA to evaluate the effectiveness of the accommodations and/or adjustments in place. Each student shall immediately report any dissatisfaction with an accommodation or academic adjustment to the OAA. Kendall faculty and staff will be informed of qualifying students’ accommodations and/or academic adjustments on a need-to-know basis.
4. CHALLENGING ACCOMMODATION DECISION
If a student does not feel that an accommodation decision will adequately address the student’s disability, then the student should contact the Provost. After reviewing the case, the Provost will make a determination about what accommodation(s) will be offered to the student. Accommodation decisions by the Provost are final.