Academic Accommodations Guidelines

Guidelines for Students, Parents, and Healthcare Professionals Regarding Reasonable Accommodations for Disabilities That Affect Academic Performance

Although Presbyterian College does not have a special program for students with disabilities, the college does comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and makes every effort to provide reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and to assist them in obtaining an education.  All students (including those with physical, neurological, emotional, or learning disabilities and/or attention-deficient disorders) must take the required courses for a B.A. or B.S. degree.  The college provides the PC Catalog to each student on an annual basis.  This catalog describes information about required coursework, majors, and many questions that an incoming student will need to know when enrolling at this institution.  The college also supplies each student The Knapsack, a student handbook on rules, regulations, etc.  Each student should study these publications to become familiar with the academic and student life requirements.

At Presbyterian College, Dr. Daria T. Cronic is the Coordinator of Disability Support Services.    She will assist students with learning disabilities to become aware of the accommodations that the college provides.  If a student has a disability that affects academic performance, he/she must register with the Office of The Provost, using the attached form.  This office will assist the student in submitting the required documentation and in identifying those accommodations that will benefit the student.  Dr. Cronic will review the student’s documentation (see requirements below), work with the student to develop an academic accommodations plan, and provide the student with a copy of this plan.  The student will then provide this information to his/her professors.  Instructors will, in turn, work with the student in order to allow him/her the opportunity—consistent with the diagnostic profile—to learn and subsequently demonstrate mastery of course content.  Instructors are advised to refer all unregistered students who indicate the need for academic accommodations to the Office of The Provost.

Each semester, a student must contact the Office of The Provost to reassess the need for continuing accommodations.  After reviewing the documentation on file and the requested accommodations, The Provost’s office will update the accommodations plan and provide a copy to the student for distribution to that semester’s instructors.  Students should be aware that renewal of accommodations is not automatic and requires student initiation each semester.

Documentation Requirements

In order to be considered eligible for reasonable accommodations, a student must submit the following to the Office of The Provost:

  • Learning Disability:  A current psychoeducational evaluation completed by a psychologist licensed by a state board of examiners or certified in psychology by a state department of education is required.  The psychologist must provide his/her license or certificate number in the report.  The college’s multidisciplinary committee may—upon review—accept psychoeducational evaluations completed by professionals in related disciplines (e.g., education).  A current psychoeducational evaluation is one that has been completed within three calendar years of the student’s date of enrollment in Presbyterian College.  The psychoeducational evaluation must, at a minimum, contain the following information:
    • An individually administered measure of intellectual functioning (e.g., Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, Revised; Stanford-Binet, Fourth Edition; etc.).
    • An individually administered measure (or measures) of academic functioning that minimally assesses performance in reading, math, and written language and is normed appropriately for the chronological age/educational level of the student (e.g., Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement, Wechsler Individual Achievement Test, etc.).
    • Any other individually administered measures deemed to be appropriate in support of the diagnosis by the examiner (e.g., Bender-Gestalt, MMPI, etc.).
    • Scores for all tests administered.  Reported scores should include specific standard scores and grade equivalents.  Standard scores reported should have the same mean and standard deviation across tests in order for comparisons to be made.
    • A diagnostic statement of a specific disability, the manifestations of which currently affect academic performance.
    • Recommendations for reasonable accommodations specific to the disability and its effect on the student’s academic performance in the college setting.
  • Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder:  Current medical documentation provided by a licensed physician is required.  Current medical documentation is that which has been provided within three calendar years of the student’s date of enrollment in Presbyterian College.  In addition, a comprehensive psychoeducational evaluation as described above is strongly recommended.   The medical evaluation must, at a minimum, contain the following information:
    • A diagnostic statement of a specific disability, the manifestations of which currently affect academic performance.
    • Recommendations for reasonable accommodations specific to the disability and its effect on the student’s academic performance in the college setting.
  • Physical, Neurological, or Emotional Disability:  Current medical documentation provided by a licensed physician is required.  Current medical documentation is that which has been provided within three calendar years of the student’s date of enrollment in Presbyterian College.  This documentation must, at a minimum, contain the following:
    • A diagnostic statement of a specific disability, the manifestations of which currently affect academic performance.
    • Recommendations for reasonable accommodations that are specific to the disability and its effect on the student’s academic performance in the college setting.

(NOTE:  Students seeking reasonable accommodations under the ADA for physical disabilities should contact the Physical Disabilities Compliance Officer who is also the Director of Residence Life.)

Appeals Process

In the event that a student who is registered for disability support services encounters a problem regarding reasonable accommodations that cannot be resolved with an individual faculty member, he/she should submit a written appeal to the Provost.  If the student is not satisfied with a decision made by the Provost, an appeal may be submitted to a committee composed of the faculty members of the Academic Affairs Council.

Required Forms

In order to register for academic accommodations, the student must submit the attached registration form along with appropriate documentation to the Office of the Provost as soon as possible.

Further Information

Students, parents, or healthcare professionals who have any questions or concerns regarding Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or the accommodations policy of Presbyterian College are encouraged to contact the Office of The Provost, 503 South Broad Street, Clinton, SC  29325 (800-476-7272, ext. 8234; provost@presby.edu).