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Accessibility Services

Accessibility Services is located in LIB 315 on the third floor of the library and provides assistance with any and all accommodations. While the most used accommodations are extended testing time and private/quiet testing rooms, additional accommodations may be implemented.

Accessibility Services must clearly disclose federal laws and Spalding University guidelines regarding services provided to each applicant. The Director researches current regulations and recommended academic adjustments for specific diagnoses, consults with professional colleagues, and consults the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) and Job Accommodation Network (JAN) for updates on nationally standardized accommodations. 

Requesting Services

Students may self-disclose their need for Accessibility Services on their Spalding University Admissions application and are required to complete an application for services. Students must:

  • Provide documentation verifying diagnoses from a physician, psychologist or certified mental health professional. Along with the diagnoses the professional must provide recommendations for academic adjustments.
  • Meet with Accessibility Services to discuss the accommodations they are entitled to under ADA regulations. Misuse of any accommodations, may lead to accommodations being suspended or revoked, depending on the severity of the infraction.
  • If students are unable to provide documentation from a psychiatrist, psychologist or certified mental health professional, they are referred to the Spalding University’s Counseling and Psychological Services for a full battery of assessments. This process is time consuming and may take one or more sessions for the Spalding University Counseling Center to schedule and complete the assessments.

Please contact Accessibility Services with questions or comments.

Kelly Cogar

Director of Accessibility Services

LIB 315

502-873-4161

kcogar@spalding.edu

Academic Adjustment Letters to Faculty

Accessibility Services will write an academic adjustment letter for faculty/staff clearly stating reasonable accommodations, as defined by the ADA. Accessibility Services provides the student with an original and copies of the academic adjustment letter to provide to faculty/staff. If students file any grievances because they feel their rights are being violated, the Accessibility Services program may provide guidance with the procedure set forth in the Spalding University Catalog.

Test Proctoring

Accessibility Services proctors testing in private and quiet rooms with no more than one person in a room and in a quiet area that will not be entered by anyone while the student is testing. Testing space is limited, so various times throughout the testing day may be needed to accommodate students. Students are responsible for providing testing requests 48 hours in advance to be assured of available space. 

Faculty Services

Accessibility Services  provides assistance in implementing academic adjustments as needed and addresses questions regarding accommodations, students’ progress, and needs. Accessibility Services cannot discuss with faculty/staff a student’s specific diagnosis or diagnoses. We will collaborate with faculty to ensure that academic adjustments do not detract from the academic integrity of the course.

Faculty must provide a proctor and private testing room. If the faculty member cannot provide testing accommodations please notify Accessibility Services immediately. Please include the amount of time the class will be given to complete the exam and if the student must return to class upon completion of proctored exam. Provide the test prior to the scheduled testing time Alert Accessibility Services if an exam has been rescheduled