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Disability Services

Carson-Newman University seeks to provide reasonable accommodations to "otherwise qualified" students. Accommodations are determined on case-by-case basis and in accordance with their specific disability. Concerns or dissatisfaction regarding accommodations should be directed to the Coordinator for Students with Disabilities and Case Manager. Students who believe they have experienced discrimination related to a disability should contact the Coordinator for Students with Disabilities and Case Manager. The decisions of the Coordinator for Students with Disabilities and Case Manager may be appealed to the Students with Disabilities Committee. The decisions of the Students with Disabilities Committee may be appealed to the Provost.

How do I access disability services?

Requests for accommodations must be made in writing by the student and submitted to the Coordinator for Students with Disabilities and Case Manager. All requests must be accompanied by appropriate documentation. Documentation must include an assessment/evaluation by an appropriate, non-family member, licensed professional (e.g. licensed physician, psychologist, audiologist, etc.). The evaluation must be current, typically less than three years old, and include a diagnosis of disability, evidence of impact of disability on functioning, as well as indicators of cognitive and academic levels of functioning. Students should also submit evidence of past accommodations. If the request is approved, the Coordinator for Students with Disabilities and Case Manager will notify the appropriate representatives of Carson-Newman regarding the approved accommodations. Ideally, students needing accommodations should make their request prior to enrollment for the semester so that the case can be reviewed and accommodations approved and arranged. Students should not make direct application to teachers regarding academic accommodations.

Will I have to be reassessed while at Carson-Newman?

No, provided your enrollment is continuous.

Do I have to "sign-up" each semester for accommodations?

No. Once your accommodations have been approved, the appropriate representatives of Carson-Newman will be notified - typically at the beginning of each semester. If you leave Carson-Newman and then return, you must inform the Coordinator for Students with Disabilities and Case Manager of your wish to reenact your accommodations. If your absence from Carson-Newman has been more than two semesters, the Coordinator for Students with Disabilities and Case Manager may request that you supply current documentation regarding the status your disability.

Will I have the same accommodations in college that I had in high school?

Not necessarily. High schools may accommodate to the point of student success. Accommodations in college ensure equal access. Additionally, academic accommodations in college do not alter the essential nature of courses or programs of study.

Am I allowed to make course substitutions as accommodations?

Any modification within the curriculum of courses requires the student to make a request for a substitution. This request is separate from the initial request for accommodations and must contain the rational regarding the request. Additional documentation may also be required. The Students with Disabilities Committee will review the request and make a recommendation to the Provost. The Provost will make the final decision.

Who is the contact person for Disability Services?

David Humphrey
Coordinator for Students with Disabilities and Case Manager
C-N Box 71894
Jefferson City, TN 37760

Office: 865.471.3268
Fax: 865.471.4411
Email: dhumphrey@cn.edu

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