In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Mount St. Joseph University provides academic adjustments and auxiliary aids for students with physical and/or mental impairments that substantially limit or restrict one or more major life activities such as walking, seeing, hearing, or learning. The University provides these reasonable academic adjustments and auxiliary aids to eligible student, at no charge, according to students’ individual needs. Advocacy assistance on disability related issues is also provided. Eligibility depends on the nature of the impairment and its impact on the particular individual and is based on documentation from a qualified professional.
Students with qualifying impairments who seek academic adjustments and auxiliary aids must self-identify their needs to the Director of the Learning Center & Disability Services. (Verification of eligibility for impairment-related adjustments and aids at another institution does not guarantee eligibility at Mount St. Joseph University.) The Director's office is located within the Learning Center, 156 Seton (513-244-4524). After this contact, an intake interview will be scheduled to discuss the student’s needs.
Academic adjustments and auxiliary aids will be based on documentation from a qualified professional. (A form for this purpose can be provided by Disability Services.) If the documentation provided is more than three years old, it will be evaluated to determine whether retesting or additional testing is reasonable or necessary to ensure that academic adjustments and auxiliary aids are matched to the student’s changing needs.
Adequate documentation should include the following:
- A description of the nature and extent of the student's impairment and the diagnostic tools used in the diagnosis
- An explanation of the functional impact of the impairment, especially as it relates to the academic environment
- Recommendations for reasonable academic adjustments and auxiliary aids
If academic adjustments and auxiliary aids are denied due to a lack of documentation, insufficient documentation, documentation from an unqualified professional, or because documentation is not current or appropriate to the nature of the student's impairment, the student may provide new documentation for evaluation.
In addition to their documentation, students are encouraged to provide the following information at the intake interview with the Director of the Learning Center & Disability Services:
- Documents showing previous academic adjustments and auxiliary aids provided during elementary and secondary school and/or a prior post-secondary institution, including 504 plans and IEPs
- Any documents related to assistance from other agencies (e.g. the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation)
During the interview, the student and the Director of the Learning Center & Disability Services will discuss the following:
- The specific academic adjustments and auxiliary aids requested
- The reason for each requested accommodation
- Current academic strengths and weaknesses
- Possible obstacles to success
- Current support systems
- The student's immediate and long-range goals
If the student's documentation supports the request, the student and the Director of the Learning Center & Disability Services will create a plan for the semester that includes reasonable academic adjustments and auxiliary aids. Among the possible adjustments and aids are the following:
- Accommodated testing, including extended time and a distraction-reduced environment
- Provision of a note-taker
- Permission to tape-record lectures
- Use of assistive software and adaptive equipment
- Provision of texts in alternate formats
The Director of the Learning Center & Disability Services will continue to work with students registered with Disability Services throughout their enrollment at the University. If conditions or needs change, students may request a review of the academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids provided to them.
Disability records will be kept confidential unless it is deemed appropriate to disclose information based on the guidelines and exceptions outlined in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Students diagnosed with a learning difference may apply to Project EXCEL.
Project EXCEL addresses the needs of students through a comprehensive academic support system. Project EXCEL is a fee for service program. Students must be admitted to Mount St. Joseph University before applying for Project EXCEL.
Mount St. Joseph University ("the University") is committed to providing an educational environment free from discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, or other minority or protected status. This commitment extends to the University's administration of its admission, financial aid, employment, and academic policies, as well as the University's athletic programs and other University-administered programs, services, and activities.
The University has designated the Chief Compliance and Risk Officer, (513)244-4393, Office of the President, as the individual responsible for responding to inquiries, addressing complaints, and coordinating compliance with its responsibilities under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and other applicable federal and state civil rights laws. The University has designated the Director of the Learning Center & Disability Services (513)244-4524, the Learning Center, as the individual responsible for responding to inquiries, addressing complaints, and coordinating compliance with its responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.