The Academic Support Office works closely with faculty to provide reasonable accommodations for students who have documented disabilities. Our goal is to provide equal access to all academic programs and services in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the supplemental ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Reasonable accommodations may include, but are not limited to, individualized test-taking, extended test time, note-taking, audio textbooks, and various physical accommodations. The key principle is “accommodation,” meaning academic standards or course content cannot be altered. Students must make their abilities and limitations known and must meet instructors' expectations regarding class participation, attendance, and performance.

Requesting Accommodations

Students must request disability accommodations in a timely manner, preferably before the start of the semester. Accommodations can go into effect only after your eligibility has been verified and your accommodation plan has been established.

Confidentiality

You have the right to privacy in all matters related to your disability. If you want accommodations, you need only to disclose your disability to the Director of Academic Support. The director will not disclose your disability to professors; only your approved accommodations. You can share more information about your disability with instructors if you feel comfortable doing so.

General steps in establishing accommodations:

You will meet with the Director of Academic Support to discuss your disability status and possible accommodations.

  1. You will be asked to submit documentation of your disability.
  2. You will be asked to sign a confidential "Verification Letter" allowing Sterling College to inform key College personnel of your accommodation plan.
  3. Once your disability has been verified, the disability services coordinator will create a letter (Request of Accommodations), outlining your accommodations for each of your instructors.
  4. This letter will be delivered to your on-campus mailbox. You are responsible for meeting with each of your professors to have them sign the letter. For off-campus students, you must visit the Academic Support office to retrieve the letters.
  5. Once signed, return the letter to the Academic Support Office—this way the director can email a copy to the professor, and keep the original on file.
  6. You must meet with the Academic Support at the beginning of each semester to obtain accommodation letters for your new instructors.

Documentation Guidelines

Documentation should be no more than three years old and should come from a licensed professional qualified to diagnose your disability. These professionals may include:

  • physician
  • educational psychologist
  • psychologist
  • audiologist
  • speech pathologist
  • vocational rehabilitation counselor
  • physical therapist
  • occupational therapist

If you had an IEP in high school, you are responsible for contacting the school to request that the IEP be sent to Sterling College. Documentation can be submitted in person to the Academic Support Office. Contact Academic Support at 620-278-4463 or academicsupport@sterling.eduEstephany.moncada@sterling.edu.