Disability Services

One of the functions of McKendree's Student Success and Advising Center is to serve and advocate for students with disabilities, ensuring equal access to educational opportunities and programs while promoting self-advocacy and independence. Reasonable accommodations are offered to students with disabilities who register with the Success Center.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), McKendree University provides services, auxiliary aids, and accommodations to meet the unique learning needs of students with disabilities.

The Coordinator for Disability Services at McKendree is Jennifer Miller, Assistant Dean for Student Success. Her office is located in the Student Success and Advising Center, located at 521 Stanton Street. The Success Center is open year-round, including summer months.

Students with disabilities who need services, auxiliary aids, or accommodations to participate in McKendree University academic or co-curricular activities must contact the Coordinator for Disability Services and self-report their disability and specific needs. All documentation and consultation will be kept confidential.

 

 

 

How do I register with the Success Center for accommodations?

How do I renew my accommodations?

Can I get short-term accommodations for an injury or other disabling condition?

What kinds of accommodations are available for exams?

Can I get an accommodation for note-taking?

 

 

 

How do I register with the Success Center for accommodations?


1.
Self-report your disability to Jennifer Miller, the Coordinator for Disability Services, located in the Student Success and Advising Center, 521 Stanton Street.

To report a disability, the student must complete the Incident/Referral Report form and submit documents that can be used to verify eligibility under Title II of the ADA.

Documentation must include a diagnosis of the disorder from a medical provider, not limited to: psychologist, psychiatrist, licensed clinician, medical physician, audiologist, pathologist, neurologist, or other licensed medical provider.

Documentation must also include, but is not limited to: date of diagnosis, medical history as it relates to the disability, medications, recommendations for accommodations to adjust for disability, summary of standardized testing, and results. In most cases, you will need a several documents.

Acceptable documents include, but are not limited to:


Psychological Evaluation

Neurological Evaluation

Individualized Education Plan ~ IEP

504 Plan

Accommodation plans from previous college/university

Medical records


2. The Coordinator will review all submitted documentation. If additional documentation is needed to verify a disability, the Coordinator will contact the student.

3. The Coordinator will then invite the student for a face-to-face consultation. If the student is unable to consult face-to-face, a telephonic consultation will be arranged.

During the consultation, the Coordinator will discuss with the student the diagnosis; past use of services, auxiliary aids, or accommodations; advocacy; and rules and regulations of the disability services offered by the University.

4. Within one week of the consultation, the Coordinator will write a report verifying the presence of a disability and identifying the services, auxiliary aids, and/or accommodations approved, then email it to the student for review.

Based on the documentation and consultation with the student, and under the Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodations will be provided unless they present an undue hardship to the University.

5. After the student reviews the Accommodation Plan, he/she will contact the Coordinator to accept or modify the Plan.

6. When the Coordinator and the student have approved the Accommodation Plan, the student may print the Plan or pick up a copy at the Student Success and Advising Center, then share it with his/her instructors directly.

7. A request for accommodations must be completed each academic year. A short form to Renew Your Accommodations, available online, will activate your academic accommodations for the following year.

 

 

 

How do I renew my accommodations?


If you have already registered with the Success Center and do not need to make any adjustments to your Accommodation Plan, you may simply renew your plan using the Incident/Referral Report form. Please note that you will have the exact plan from the previous academic year with no changes or additions.

If you do need adjustments to your Accommodation Plan, please contact Jennifer Miller, Assistant Dean for Student Success and Coordinator for Disability Services, at 618-537-6572.

 




 

Can I get short-term accommodations for an injury or other disabling condition?


If you have a temporary (transitional) disabling condition that results from injuries, surgery, or short-term medical conditions that limits your abilities, you may request services from the Success Center. Some examples of temporary disabling conditions are broken limbs, a sprained arm or leg, or a head injury.

To receive assistance for a Temporary Disability:

1. Contact the Coordinator for Disability Services and complete some brief paperwork for an Accommodation Plan due to a temporary injury.

2. When you meet with the Coordinator, provide medical documentation to verify your temporary condition, such as a medical note from your physician or other medical caretaker or a discharge summary from an emergency room visit.

3. When you meet with the Coordinator, also provide a copy of your class schedule with the professors listed.


Please complete the Incident/Referral Report form.

To schedule an appointment, please use the online scheduling system (located on the Student Success and Advising Center page) or contact Jennifer Miller at 618-537-6572.

 

 

 

What kinds of accommodations are available for exams?


If you need accommodations for exams, you must register with the Success Center and create an Accommodation Plan with the Coordinator for Disability Services. Testing accommodations may include:

  • Noise-reduced environment

  • Extended time on tests: 50% additional time or 100% additional time from original allotted time

  • Readers

  • Scribes

  • Use of a computer

  • Enlargements

  • Use of a calculator

Using Your Testing Accommodations:

As soon as you are aware of your test date, you must notify your professor that you wish to take the exam with your accommodations.

You may use your accommodations:

With the Professor: You may take your exam with your professor if the two of you agree upon the arrangements to ensure you receive your accommodations.

For instance, if the professor has office hours, and states that you may take your exam in his/her office after the class because he/she is able to provide the additional time, you may take your exam with the professor.

Through the Testing Center: You may take your exam at the Testing Center. Please note, this is only if you schedule in advance or do not need assistance while taking your exam. You will need to bring your McK Student ID Card or a Government ID with you in order to take the exam.

Through the Student Success and Advising Center: If you need additional assistance, you may take your exam at the Success Center. Assistance may include a scriber, a noise-reduced environment, a computer, or a reader. You must contact the Coordinator for Disability Services at least five business days prior to the desired date of your exam.

 

 

 

Can I get an accommodation for note-taking?


Yes! During your initial registration with the Coordinator for Disability Services, you will work together to create your Accommodation Plan. If you need assistance with note-taking, it will be included. At the beginning of the semester, you will need to make sure each of your professors receives a copy of your Plan.

For note-taking accommodations, it is usually suggested that a one to two week period, depending on the urgency of the need, be allowed in order for the professor to observe the other students and select a possible note-taker based on his/her attendance, participation in class, organization, and clarification of notes taken, as well as any other important factors for the individual class.

After the professor selects a note-taker, their name will be given to the Coordinator for Disability Services for documentation. Note-takers are strictly volunteer basis; therefore, they must be willing to assist students without charge.

The note-taker can send the notes to you several different ways:


1.
Email attachment (either scan and email or type and email document)

2. Using a mobile device in the classroom, the student may use Evernote (an account will need to be established, and I can assist with this)

3. Photo notes (take a picture of notes with cell phone and send to student)

4. Copy notes (An account will need to be set up for the student)

5. Use Carbon Copy for notes (the Coordinator for Disability Services can either give the student the carbon copy papers or place them in your faculty mailbox)