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Cedar Crest College is committed to ensuring students with disabilities are welcomed as a part of our diverse community and that they have equal access to participate in all programs and services offered by the College.  The process of requesting and being approved for accommodations is an interactive one and requires student involvement.  Students who intend to request accommodations will need to:

“Self-identify” in order to receive services, by first meeting with the Director of Learning and Disability Resources.  During this meeting the student will: discuss a diagnosed condition, the functional limitations the student experiences as a result of this condition, and requests for accommodations (academic, residential and/or dining).

Provide supporting documentation of their condition, which assists in further identifying accommodations that are reasonable and appropriate.  Students are not required to bring documentation to the initial meeting; however, should the student already have documentation (such as school system Evaluation Reports, Re-evaluation Reports, IEP or 504 plans, etc.), it may be provided at that time.  

Students may receive accommodations due to the functional limitations caused by many types of conditions such as attention disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, chronic health conditions, cognitive impairments, communication impairments, food allergies/insensitivity, hearing impairments/deafness, learning disabilities, physical/mobility issues, mental health conditions, brain injury/concussions, visual impairments/blindness and others.    

Once a student is approved for accommodations, the Director works closely with the student, the student’s instructors, and other departments (Residence Life/Housing, Student Affairs, Dining Services etc.) to coordinate provision of accommodations.   Please note that we consider the provision of accommodations to be a “fluid” process: a student’s condition may change, a student may be diagnosed with an additional condition, an accommodation may not be effective, etc.  Therefore, it is important the student work closely and communicate in a timely manner with the Director for any necessary adjustments throughout their time at Cedar Crest. 

Although accommodations may be requested at any time, it is advisable for incoming first year and transfer students to request accommodations several months in advance of the beginning of their first semester at Cedar Crest.  Prompt requests will provide adequate time to ensure reasonable and appropriate accommodations are in place for the student prior to the start of classes. Please note that accommodations are not applied retroactively once approved.

Appointments

If you are interested in requesting accommodations and are not yet receiving them, you can make an appointment with the Director of Learning & Disability Resources via Disability Resources Appointments and selecting a “New Student” appointment (if you are already receiving accommodations, please select a "follow up" appointment).  You will then need to complete the form and “confirm” the booking.  Once you have completed this process, you will receive a confirmation email including the day, time and location of your appointment.  Appointments are traditionally scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.   Please call or email (610-606-4628 or advising@cedarcrest.edu) if: you require accommodations in order to attend/complete an initial meeting, a traditional “in-person” appointment cannot meet your needs, you require an appointment outside our normal office hours, or you have any questions.

Currently Enrolled Students with Acute Injuries

Accommodations are typically provided to students with long-term/permanent conditions/disabilities (over 6 months).  However, on a case-by-case basis, Disability Resources may also provide accommodations to students with temporary conditions as the need arises. Currently enrolled students with acute injuries (such as concussions, broken bones etc.) who are in need of accommodations should contact Academic Services (610-606-4628) immediately for the next available appointment.  Please note that this interactive process may take some time so students are advised to submit documentation to Student Affairs (Absence Notification Request) regarding any absences they may have had in relation to the injury/condition. Students are also encouraged to work with instructors regarding any missed content, assignments and/or testing that occurs after the injury and before accommodations are in place.  

Students with Chronic Physical or Mental Health Conditions

Your health is important!  Health Services at Cedar Crest offers short term care for routine illness as well as short term counseling for students dealing with unexpected challenges in their lives. If you have a chronic physical or mental health condition for which you receive regularly scheduled long term care (medical appointments or treatment, therapy etc.), please make certain that you arrange for the same level of care, locally, while you are at Cedar Crest College.  This may help you maintain your health and prevent “flare-ups” of your condition.  Remember … throughout the years you attend college, you’ll be on campus more than you’ll be home!

Are Accommodations Retroactive?

Accommodations are not retroactive.  You must complete the accommodation request process and be approved for accommodations before accommodations become active.  For this reason, proactive planning is very important; if you are experiencing an on-going condition that impacts major life activities, such as learning, you may want to consider contacting Disability Resources to discuss your issue and to start the process of requesting accommodations.

Relocation Plan for Disability Access

Members of the community and visitors who need access to offices housed in inaccessible locations should contact the Academic Services at 610-606-4628 or advising@cedarcrest.edu.

Inaccessible campus locations include Blaney Hall (BHA), the Alumnae Little Theater, Almunae Hall (ALH) (second floor), Lees Hall, Hartzel Hall (HH) (first and second floors), Allen House (second floor), Moore Hall, Steinbright Hall, Curtis Hall (third floor), and the athletic fields. Many classes, meetings, activities, and events can be moved to accessible locations with 48-hours notice.

Is Online Learning Right For You?

If you are considering taking online courses, please be aware that your need for accommodations may be different in online courses, versus on-campus courses. Some online course activities for which you may require different accommodations may include those related to understanding written instructions, use of technology to access online content, participating in online discussions, watching and listening to online videos, listening to online audio files, and use of remote proctoring. 

Before enrolling in an online course, students with disabilities should consider the following:

1) How well do I manage my time? Am I good at working independently?

2) Does my disability affect my ability to process and comprehend written information?

3) Will I need to utilize assistive technology to access and complete the course?

4) How comfortable am I with computers and technology? Will I need any additional technology or supplies for the class (such as a web cam)?

5) What am I expecting from the course with regard to interaction with the instructor or other students? What will be expected of me?

Some great references from our IT department are:

An Introduction to Canvas (online learning system)

Computer Skills Required for Online Learning

Note: Course syllabi, even for previous courses, are often available on My Cedar Crest (Current Students> Quick Links> Course Syllabi), so it is a good idea to look at the syllabus for a class in which you are interested. You can also contact the course instructor to ask questions about the format of the course, the assignments, any additional technology and supplies that might be necessary, etc. 

Video Monitoring in Testing Area

Please note that as of Fall 2019-2020, Academic Services will be actively video monitoring and recording testing sessions in our testing area. Upon request, instructors may view recorded video to ensure testing integrity.

AS Testing Information Aug 19.pdf

Scheduling Final Exams

Due to the longer length of final exams, we will only allow tests to begin at with 8 am or 12:30 pm. Exceptions will only be allowed due to extenuating circumstances. Please note your reason in the “Comment” area of the form.

Final exam days begin on December 12 for day classes and December 10 for evening classes. Requests on any day other than your course's scheduled time will require faculty approval. 

Our space is not available on weekends or evenings.

No final exams will be administered during Reading Days, unless you are taking an evening course. Other exams may be scheduled during Reading Days with approval. Please provide an explanation in the “Comment” area of the form.

The official Final Exam schedule from the Registrar’s office can be found on My Cedar Crest on the Registrar’s Office page under the Current Students tab.

Testing (tests/exams/quizzes) may be administered in Academic Services for students who are approved for testing accommodations but whose instructors are unable to provide the accommodations for a particular test. To request a testing appointment in Academic Services, please click on “continue to form” below, read the information and instructions, complete the form and submit it. If, for any reason, you are unable to use this form, please contact Academic Services at 610-606-4628.

Continue to form

Returning Students with Previously Approved Accommodations

Students with approved accommodations who have graduated, taken a leave of absence, or exited the College for any reason, will be placed in "Inactive" status. Such students must email or call Disability Resources (advising@cedarcrest.edu; 610-606-4628) to notify the office that they intend to re-enroll. Students should provide at least one weeks notice in order for staff to place them in "Active" status and generate Accommodation Letters.    

Release of Information Forms

OCICU Information

For students enrolled in OCICU classes, please see the attached policy regarding accommodations.

Handbook for Disability and Accessibility Services Updated Summer 2016

Accessible Routes and Parking