Students requesting accommodations for a disability are required to submit documentation to determine eligibility in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended. The following guidelines are provided in the interest of assuring that documentation is complete and accurate. The Office of Access and Accommodations reserves the right to determine eligibility and appropriate services based on the quality, recency, and completeness of the documentation submitted.
The following guidelines are provided to assist the Office of Access and Accommodations in collaborating with each student to determine appropriate accommodations and services. Documentation serves as a foundation that legitimizes a student's request for appropriate accommodations and services. Recommended documentation includes:
1. A psychological/educational evaluation or a neuropsychological evaluation must be performed by a professional who is qualified to render a diagnosis, such as a developmental pediatrician, neurologist, psychiatrist, licensed clinical or educational psychologist, or a combination of such professionals. The diagnostician must be an impartial individual with no relationship to the family. Furthermore, the diagnostician’s name, title, and professional credentials and affiliation must be provided.
2. The evaluation must be conducted within the past three (3) years. Eastern Nazarene College may request re-evaluation for documentation that expires during the student’s first or second year of attendance. The college is not financially responsible for testing.
3. A clear statement with diagnosis and a description of supporting past and present symptoms. A statement indicating the current educational status and impact of this diagnosis in an academic setting must be included. If another diagnosis in applicable, it should be stated.
4. A summary of assessment procedures and evaluation instruments used to make the diagnosis.
5. A narrative summary, including all scores, which supports the diagnosis.
6. Medical information relating to student's needs to include the impact of medication on the student's ability to meet the demands of the postsecondary environment.
7. A statement of the functional impact or limitations of the disability on learning or other major life activities and the degree to which it impacts the individual in the learning context for which accommodations are being requested.
In order to receive accommodations, student must check in with the disabilities coordinator to personally request initial accommodation services or to update classroom accommodations documentation (every semester). Services are not provided for a student automatically, without a request. To access accommodations, student should make an appointment to visit the OAA and fill out the respective forms. The coordinator will work with each student to ensure that accommodations are successfully accessed in each course as applicable.