DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES REGISTRATION

In compliance with federal law, Randolph-Macon College is committed to offering an equal education opportunity to all qualified students with disabilities. Students with disabilities often need special accommodations to be successful. The College will provide reasonable accomadations to eligible students.

To be eligible to receive reasonable accommodations, a student with disabilities must register with the Office for Disability Support Services (DSS) in the Patrick John Higgins Academic Center. We encourage you to register if you anticipate the need for accomodations at any time during your attendance at Randolph-Macon College.

To register for disability services, you must:
1.    Fill out the Disability Support Services Registration form.
2.    Attach diagnostic data pertaining to your specific disability filled out by a qualified professional.
3.    Submit all paperwork to the Office for Disability Support Services by June 1st (incoming students). Returning        students may register at any time during thier enrollment at the College.

For incoming students, paperwork received after June 1st may not allow the College enough time to determine if you are eligible for accomodations, and to provide for appropriate accommodations.

After a student is registered with the Office for Disability Support Services, a personal consultation with the Director of Disability Support Services must take place at the beginning of every semester to request specific accomodations. The Director will provide letters to be given to the appropriate professors by the student, outlining the approved accommodations.

I.    To be eligible for non-academic accommodations, involving housing and physical facilities, you must register with the DSS and provide the appropriated diagnostic paperwork from a qualified professional outlining the nature and extent of the disability, how the disability affects you outside the classroom, and detailing the specific accommodations requested. For housing accommodations, you must fill out and submit to the DSS a Special Needs Housing on Campus Request form, available from the DSS.

II.    To be eligible for academic accommodations, you must register with the DSS and provide the appropriate diagnostic paperwork from a qualified professional outlining the nature and extent of the disability, how the disability affects you in the classroom, and detailing the specific accommodations requested.

The Director will review all documents and decide upon the appropriate and reasonable accommodations. In some cases, the Director will consult with the Dissability Services Advisory Board (DSAB) to determine appropriate and reasonable accommodations. The DSAB is composed of professionals at the College representing the Counseling Center, Residence Life, Physical Plant, Registrar's Office, Dean's office and a consulting physician. In these cases, the Board will notify the student in writing as to the decision. Appeals to the decision will only be considered if there is new pertinent information.

 


 

    1.    For medical disabilities, a physician must fill out a Medical Disability Verification form.
    2.    For psychological disabilities (including Attention Deficit Disorder) a qualified professional must
           fill out a Psychological Disability Verification form.
    3.    For learning disabilities, a qualified professional must provide documentation with a
           specific diagnosis of a learning disability.

Documents to diagnose a learning disability must be recent and contain information relevant to your current leves of functioning in three domains:

1.     Aptitude
2.     Academic achievement
3.     Information processing

Recommended tests by domain for diagnosis of a learning disability (based on AHEAD):
(The College requires data from at least one test in each domain.)

*     Domain 1: Aptitude

      Scholastic Abilities Test for Adults (SATA)
      Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-Revised (WAIS-R)
      Woodcock-Johnson Psychoeducational Battery-Revised: Tests of Cognitive Ability
      Kaufman Adolescent and Adult Intelligence Test
      Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale (4th ed.)

*    Domain 2: Academic achievement

      Stanford Test of Academic Skills
      Woodcock-Johnson Psychoeducational Battery-Revised: Tests of Achievement
      Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT)
      or other specific achievement tests

*    Domain 3: Information processing

      Detroit Tests of Learning Aptitude-3 (DTLA-3)
      Detroit Tests of Learning Aptitude-Adult (DTLA-A)
      Woodcock-Johnson Psychoeducational Batter-Revised: Tests of Cognitive Ability
      and other relevant instruments

The College reserves the right to review all documents for relevance, reliability and thoroughness of data, and to require further testing if deemed necessary by the Director. The College does not provide diagnostic services.

Randolph-Macon College does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, disability, age, national origin, religion, or sexual orientation in its admissions, financial aid, athletic, employment or educational programs. The Dean coordinates the College's non-discriminatory efforts.