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Park University Notification and Documentation Policy for Special Assistance under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
A student qualifies as disabled under the definition of Section 504 if he or she: 1) Has a mental or physical impairment, a record of impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment; and 2) Is substantially limited in his or her major life activities that include abilities such as (but not limited to) self care, breathing, walking, seeing, performing schoolwork, speaking, and learning.
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students who meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply.
Permanent Disability Guidelines
Notification of Disability: It is the student's responsibility to submit the Request for Disability Services form and to provide adequate and appropriate documentation of a disability in order to receive academic accommodations. [A link to the form and full information about documentation is shown below.] Documentation must be provided in a timely manner to ensure full resolution of accommodations prior to the term for which the student requests accommodations. This will allow time to make all necessary arrangements prior to the initial class meeting. Documentation should be submitted to Debra McArthur, Director of Academic Support Services, Campus Box 46 (fax # 816-741-4911). A copy of the Request form and documentation will be securely retained in the student'" electronic file.
Students who have received disability services in high school will find helpful information regarding their rights, responsibilities, and transition from high school to university from the Missouri Association for Higher Education and Disabilities (MO-AHEAD). Click on the link below to go to the MO-AHEAD webpage. Once there, click the link for "The Guidebook." There you can find a link to the Table of Contents to help you find more information.
Additional information can also be found at the website for the Office of Civil Rights, http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transition.html
Temporary Disability Guidelines
In the case of temporary disabilities, every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodation for the duration of any disability. To insure prompt and appropriate action, the Director of Academic Support Services should be notified immediately of the arrangements believed to be necessary to accommodate a given temporary disability.
Park University recognizes the best practices recommended by the national Association on Higher Education and Disability. We also realize that each individual and each disability is unique. Specific documentation requirements will vary according to the type of disability, but the following guidelines define acceptable documentation:
1. It is prepared by a licensed professional who is knowledgeable in the field of the student's particular disability, and provide a description of the diagnostic methodology and/or a description of the diagnostic criteria, evaluation methods, procedures, tests and dates of administration, as well as a clinical narrative, observation, and specific results. Where appropriate to the nature of the disability, having both summary data and specific test scores (with the norming population identified) within the report is recommended.
2. It is no older than three years. (Certain long-term medical and health conditions may not be subject to this element. ex: blindness). Park University will evaluate, but may reject, documentation over three years old. We reserve the right to request updated verification of disability and necessary accommodations.
3. It includes a statement of diagnosis.
4. It includes a description of the student's current functioning and/or the current status of the disability.
5. It describes how the disability affects the student's learning/functioning in a post-secondary educational setting.
6. It includes recommendations for appropriate post-secondary accommodations.
7. It is dated and signed by the licensed professional and presented on letterhead of the professional.
8. It should include information regarding medication the student may be using and treatment he/she may be undergoing. This also should include the medication or treatment's impact on the student's ability to function in an academic setting.
Help Us Help You!
The Academic Support Center at Park University is pleased to serve our students with special needs. If you are seeking accommodations for a disability, here are the steps you should follow:
1. Fill in and submit the Request for Disability Services form.
This lets us know a little about you, your needs, and how we can serve you. You can find the form at www.park.edu/disability/pdf/StudentRequestforDisabilitiesServicesatParkUniversity.pdf. Print the blank form, fill it out, then mail, fax, or scan and email to:
3. Submit your documentation. You may need to contact your doctor, psychologist, school counselor, VA counselor, or other qualified medical/educational professional to send your information. Use the same contact information shown above. Your information will be handled appropriately to protect your confidentiality. [Please note: your submission of the Request form begins the process, but no accommodations can be determined or provided until the documentation is received.]
4. Become familiar with the information in the Handbook for Students with Disabilities http://www.park.edu/disability/pdf/ADAHandbook.pdf, so you will know how and when your instructors are notified, how accommodations are arranged, and other important aspects of receiving your services.
Documentation Review Process
Once your documentation is received, the Director of Academic Support Services will review it and determine appropriate accommodations. If your documentation does not satisfy the requirements above, you may be asked to submit updated or more complete information. Be sure to submit your documents in a timely manner to allow adequate time for the review process before the term begins.
When your request has been reviewed, you will receive notification of the approved accommodations. If you are a student on the Parkville campus, your accommodations will be handled by Debra McArthur, Director of Academic Support Services. If you attend a different campus, your Campus Director will work with you on providing the accommodations. Online students will work with Debra McArthur, and may also work with a Park University campus center for proctoring.
If you are not satisfied with the accommodations you have been granted, please call Debra McArthur to discuss the situation. In some cases, we may be able to make adjustments. In others, additional documentation may be needed.
For more information on filing a grievance, please see the details in the Handbook for Students with Disabilities at http://www.park.edu/disability/pdf/ADAHandbook.pdf.
DO NOT ask your instructor, campus director, regional director, or proctor to provide accommodations if you have not first submitted a Request for Disability Services form and documentation to the Director of Academic Support Services.
Please keep in touch with us to let us know how you are doing, and inform us immediately if you need additional assistance.
Your disability information is CONFIDENTIAL. We will inform the appropriate faculty or campus personnel of the accommodations you require, but we do not disclose the nature of your disability. In some cases, you may find that sharing this information with your instructors may help them understand you better, but that choice is up to you.
NOTE: Disability files are updated each year at the beginning of the spring and fall terms. If you are not enrolled for the current term, your file will be marked "inactive," and you will be notified by email. To reactivate your file and your accommodations, simply notify the Director of Academic Support Services by email when you enroll again.
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