6.5 Guidelines for Student Requests for Accommodations and Exception to Academic Procedures Based on Physical or Mental Disability

  • 6.5 Guidelines for Student Requests for Accommodations and Exceptions to Academic Procedures Based on Physical or Mental Disability

    Capital University Law School is dedicated to extending all available services, programs and activities to its students including those with disabilities. The Disability Services Coordinator works with the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and the Director of Multicultural Affairs to ensure that the law school is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and responsive to the needs of persons with disabilities. The purpose of this section is to notify all students of the resources available to those with disabilities and other conditions and the procedures by which those resources may be best utilized.
  •  6.5.01 Actions Student to Take Upon Admission

    Upon admission to the law school with a previously diagnosed disability or when subsequently diagnosed with a disability; students are encouraged to contact the Disability Services Coordinator at 614-236-6114 to discuss accommodations that may be available. In addition, during the registration period for each semester, students are invited to identify themselves as students with disabilities to the Disability Services Coordinator for any requests for special assistance or accommodations. Students are advised to consult with the Disability Services Coordinator regarding how accommodations may affect their academic program.
  • 6.5.02 Professional Evaluations
    If you have a condition that requires reasonable accommodations for you to perform in an academic setting please submit documentation (from your Physician, Psychologist, or other licensed professional qualified to evaluate your status) to the Disability Services Coordinator. Please make sure your evaluator has outlined the exact nature of your condition and shared his/her professional opinion on how to best accommodate you.

    It is the student's responsibility to arrange for testing and to incur the cost of evaluations. It is strongly recommended that students with learning disabilities submit such documentation to the Disability Services Coordinator at the time of admission to the Law School or shortly thereafter. Any student with disabilities must keep a copy of his /her documentation for his/her own records.

  •  6.5.03 Learning Disabilities

    Learning disability evaluations must include a comprehensive summary of the student's educational, medical, and family history; as well as a report of behavioral, neurological and personality disorders that relate to the learning disability(ies). Evidence of a specific learning disability and actual test scores must be provided. Grade equivalents are not acceptable. 

    Comprehensive testing must be administered for documentation to be acceptable. At a Minimum, assessment data must be provided in the following areas: 

    Aptitude:
    Acceptable instruments include, but are not limited to, the following:
    * Kaufman Adolescent and Adult Intelligence Test
    *Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale - Revised (WAIS-R)
    * Woodcock-Johnson Psycho-educational Battery- Revised * Tests of Cognitive Ability

    Achievement:
    Current levels of functioning in reading, mathematics, and written language are required. Acceptable instruments include, but are not limited to, the following:
    * Woodcock -Johnson Psycho-educational Battery - Revised
    * Test of Achievement
    * Stanford Diagnostic Mathematics Test
    * Woodcock Reading Mastery Tests - Revised Cognitive Processing Abilities:
    Specific areas of information processing must be assessed. Acceptable instruments include, but are not limited to, the following:
    * WAIS-R and Woodcock-Johnson Psycho-educational Battery- Revised

    Cognitive Ability:
    * Wechsler Memory Scales - Revised
    Learning disability evaluations must be provided by licensed professionals such as educational psychologists, school psychologists, neuro-psychologists, learning disabilities specialists and medical doctors with training in the evaluation of learning disabilities. Diagnostic reports must include the name, title and credentials of the evaluator and should be presented on letterhead. Reports by special education teachers and/ or tutors are not acceptable.

    Accommodations are primarily based upon assessment of the current impact of the student's disability(ies) on his/her academic performance. Therefore, learning disability documentation should be completed within three years, unless a student has documentation from their undergraduate institution and has enrolled at CULS immediately following his/her graduation. If evaluation documents are more than three years old, students may be required to provide a more recent diagnostic assessment.

    All acceptable documentation should be on official letterhead.

    ADD/ADHD
    Students who are seeking accommodations for Attention Deficit Disorder ("ADD") or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ("ADHD") are required to provide documentation to the Disability Services Coordinator. The documentation must include information which can be used in establishing the need for appropriate accommodations. The documentation should be from licensed mental health professionals such as psychiatrists, psychologists and physicians. The documentation must include the following:
    * Development history
    * Assessment tools used in the evaluation
    *Learning areas impacted by ADD/ ADHD
    *A medical or clinical diagnosis
    *A clear statement of ADD/ ADHD including the reason for the diagnosis
    *Qualitative and quantitative information supporting the diagnosis
    *the relevance of recommended accommodation(s) in relation to the student's disability(ies).
    *Medical prescription, if any, including its effects and side effects.
    All acceptable documentation should be on official letterhead.

    Physical Disabilities:
    Students who are seeking accommodations for physical disabilities are required to provide documentation to the Disability Services Coordinator. The documentation must include information which can be used in establishing the need for appropriate accommodations.

    Students may request accommodations for any or all of the following physical disabilities: blindness and visual impairment, deafness, hard of hearing, mobility impairment, or medical conditions such as cancer, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, asthma, AIDS and other invisible physical disabilities that may cause functional limitations.

    Appropriate documentation is accepted from licensed professionals such as audiologists to confirm deafness or hard of hearing, ophthalmologists to confirm blindness or visual impairment and neurologists to verify the existence of epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis or a spinal cord injury as well as psychologists and mental health professionals. The documentation should include a statement which verifies the individual's disability, describes the disability's current impact on the individual's daily function, current medication and recommendations for necessary accommodations. Diagnostic reports must include the name, title and credentials of the evaluator and should be presented on letterhead.

    All acceptable documentation should be on official letterhead.

    Mental Impairments:
    Students with psychiatric disabilities must present documentation from licensed mental Health professionals such as psychiatrists, psychologists, physicians and social workers. The documentation must include the following:
    * Diagnosis and Psychological test results, where appropriate
    * Summary of treatment and medication recommendations
    * Learning areas impaired by the mental disorder
    * Evaluation of ability to function in a college environment
    * Recommendation for continued treatment
    All acceptable documentation should be on official letterhead.

     

  • 6.5.04 Determinations by Disability Services Coordinator

    Once you have secured your documentation, please bring your documentation to the Disability Services Coordinator at the Law School. The Disability Services Coordinator and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs will then determine what accommodations can be provided by the Law School.  

    Upon receiving the disability evaluations, the Disability Services Coordinator will review the recommendations for accommodations and support services. Appropriate accommodations will be offered only after meeting with the student and may require further contact with selected members of the University's administrators and/or faculty.  

    Following this determination; the Office of Multicultural Affairs will then work with the rest of the Law School to ensure that your accommodations are in place. The Disability Services Coordinator and the Office of Multicultural Affairs will be your point of contact concerning all of your accommodated exam and class needs. Please do not contact your professor directly concerning your accommodations. Your professor does not know what your accommodations are and will not know, unless you choose to share that information. The Office of Multicultural Affairs will be able to answer any questions that you might have about your accommodations once they have been determined. Students requesting exam accommodations should notify the Office of Multicultural Affairs 30 days prior to the first day of each final exam period and 14 days prior to any midterm exams to provide adequate time for scheduling of the accommodation.  

    If a student needs accommodations that require the Disability Services Coordinator to contact faculty, administrators or outside agencies, the student will be asked to sign a release form. The signed form allows the Disability Services Coordinator to share information relative to the student's disability(ies) with appropriate professionals.  

    It is the individual student's duty to notify the Office of Multicultural Affairs that they will be using their accommodations or we will assume that the student does not need any accommodations. A few weeks prior to final exams, the Office of Multicultural Affairs will contact students by e-mail with instructions about test accommodation procedures. Please keep track of any issues that may arise regarding your accommodations and share those issues with the office of Multicultural Affairs as soon as possible.  

    Note: Students do not have to use their accommodations in every class if they feel that an accommodation is not needed for a particular class or exam.

    Accommodations are made only during the semester(s) when a student is actively participating in course work. A student will not be granted accommodations if his/her accommodation request pertains to academic performances prior to the diagnoses of a learning disability(ies). No retroactive accommodations will be granted. 

  • 6.5.05 Resource Limitations

    Capital University and its Law School may not have all of the resources that are requested by disabled students. For example, tutoring is not provided to students by the university and thus is available only at student expense. Similarly, books on tape, to the extent available at all, are purchased by students.
  •  6.5.06 Complaint Procedure

    Students with a claimed handicap or disability who feel that their requests for accommodations or exceptions or Law School academic policies and procedures have not been appropriately addressed by the Dean or Dean's delegate may direct their complaints to the Dean or Dean's delegate. 

  • 6.5.07 Requests for accommodations or exceptions to other non-academic policies and procedures

    Requests for accommodations or exceptions to other non-academic policies and procedures are submitted to the Dean or Dean's delegate, who resolves the matter or forwards them to the appropriate persons or offices. Students who feel that their requests have not been appropriately addressed by the Dean or Dean's delegate may direct their complaints to the Dean or Dean's delegate. 

  • 6.5.08 Orientation Announcement

    The following announcement shall be sent to all beginning law students prior to orientation, shall be included at least annually in registration packets, and shall periodically be posted at appropriate locations on law school bulletin boards: 


    Announcement
    It is the policy of Capital University Law School to provide reasonable accommodations for handicapped and disabled students, including learning disabled students and those with health impairments, as well as those with other disabilities.

    Students whose handicap or disability may require some academic accommodation or exception to academic policies and procedures are encouraged to discuss these with the Dean or Dean's delegate as early as possible.
    Students whose handicap or disability may require some non-academic accommodation or exception to non-academic policies and procedures are encouraged to discuss these with the Assistant Dean of Student Administration as soon as possible.
    Appropriate modifications and accommodations will be worked out on a case¬-by-case basis.

    Students with certain disabilities, such as learning disabilities and health impairments, will be required to provide appropriate documentation of the disability.

    A copy of the Law and Graduate Center's guidelines on students requests for exceptions to policies and procedures based on physical or mental handicap or disability is included in the Student Manual, a copy of which is given to every student who so requests. Copies also are available from the Dean or Dean's delegate, and Assistant Dean of Student Administration.

     
  • 6.5.09 Promotional Announcement:

    The viewbook and other promotional material (where appropriate) shall contain a statement similar to the following 

    Capital University Law School does not discriminate against otherwise qualified students with handicaps or disabilities. It is our desire to ensure that applications for admission are reviewed appropriately. If an applicant believes that he or she has a handicap or disability that significantly bears upon the fact that the undergraduate GPA, LSAT score, or other credentials do not reflect the applicant's ability, we welcome a statement on that issue. On the other hand, if an applicant believes that his or her performance demonstrates excellence in light of the handicap or disability, we would like to know about that also. It is not mandatory that this information be provided.

    Any applicant, who would like to discuss the availability of accommodations, or any other matter relating to his or her disability, is invited to contact the Admissions Office. If a handicapped or disabled applicant is accepted for admission, we will want to know of the handicap or disability in case of any accommodation in appropriate.

     

  • 6.5.10 Application Announcement:

    The application for admission to Capital University Law School shall include a statement similar to the following:

    Please describe any special circumstances in your background that would help us evaluate your application.