Disability Services at St. Vladimir’s Seminary helps to ensure equal educational access and opportunity for all members of our community. The Office of the President oversees Disability Services and works individually with students to create an effective and comprehensive accommodation plan in accordance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act states:
No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States, as defined in section 7(20), shall solely by reason of his or her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
In its mission to train priests, theologians, and educated laity, St. Vladimir’s Seminary strives to embrace and support all those who answer the Lord’s call to serve in His vineyard. Disability Services works with administrators, faculty, and staff to ensure that students with disabilities have reasonable and appropriate accommodations. The seminary will offer reasonable aids and services to assist otherwise qualified persons in achieving success in its programs, services, and facilities.
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REQUEST FOR ACCOMMODATION
1. Registration of Disability. Applicants who have been accepted for admission, or current students who seek accommodation for a disability, are encouraged to contact Ann Sanchez, Disability Services Access Coordinator (Rangos G10, x323), as soon as possible to begin the process of developing an accommodation plan. Students are not eligible to receive academic and/or campus accommodations until they have registered their disability with the Disability Services Access Coordinator, nor does Disability Services grant accommodations retroactively. If new accommodations are needed, students must meet with Disability Services to discuss adjusting the accommodation plan and provide updated documentation, if needed.
2. Procedure. Students who seek academic and/or campus accommodation for disability must provide the Disability Services Access Coordinator with the following information:
- Identification of disability and supporting documentation;
- Detailed explanation of how the disability currently affects and substantially limits the student’s ability in the academic and/or campus setting;
- List of accommodations the student may have received in the past; and
- List of accommodations the student is requesting at St. Vladimir’s Seminary.
3. Examples of Accommodations: Reasonable accommodations vary for each student depending upon type of disability, needs, and supporting documentation. Examples of accommodations the seminary has provided to students include, but are not limited to, early registration, academic coaching and academic support services, including part-time study, extended test-taking time, assistance with books in alternative formats, and assistance in accessing campus buildings. Students are responsible, however, for arranging certain personal services, such as attendant care, mobility training, and transportation.
4. Requirement to Submit Requests Each Semester. Current students are responsible for submitting accommodation requests—to the Disability Services Access Coordinator—each semester, indicating the specific courses and/or activities involved and the accommodations sought in each case. Students must then pick up their letters in person and give the letters directly to their professors after class or during office hours, or to supervisors in the case of non-academic activities. This process allows students to self-identify and begin to discuss accommodations with their professors. We encourage all students to have a conversation with their professor about how they learn best.