Chancellor University in accordance with its obligations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 does not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities and is in compliance with the two federal laws.

The Office of SAS makes it a priority to help those with disabilities meet their educational goals. The Office of SAS coordinates services, and provides reasonable accommodations to students with documented disabilities, and prohibits discrimination against students with disabilities in academic programs and activities. The Office is responsible to educate the campus community on ADA policies, laws, and procedures that impact ADA students.

The Office provides a very caring, warm, and accepting environment that will work hard to ensure that your time at Chancellor will be a rewarding and successful experience.

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Mission

Chancellor University is committed to ensuring that students whom have been identified as having a documented psychological, physical, or learning disability will be accommodated within reason to have equal access to education. Accommodations are made to help our students grow personally and academically and to help each student reach their full potential.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for services from SAS, a student must meet two criteria:
  • The student must be admitted and currently enrolled in classes at Chancellor University
  • Provide SAS with the proper qualifying documentation about the disability from a qualifying professional.


Procedures for Registration with Student Accessibility Services

Student Accessibility Services work with you to see if you meet the criteria for accommodations and help to ensure those accommodations are in place. It is the responsibility of the student to register and provide documentation to the Office of Student Accessibility Services.

It is important to remember that your Application for Services through the Office of Student Accessibility Services is separate and not connected to your application or admission to Chancellor University.

New Students & First Time Registrants

New students or First Time Registrants should access the packet here or if you are a ground student you can pick up the packet from the Office of Student Accessibility Services located in Room 172 Chancellor University 3921 Chester Avenue Cleveland, OH 44114.

Step 1 Students must complete an application for SAS services and provide our office with appropriate documentation regarding disability. In your packet is a form that will need to be filled out by the appropriate professional.

What is an appropriate professional: Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Educational Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Neurophysiologist, Licensed Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Family Practitioner, Hospital Physician or any Licensed Doctor in the medical field.

Step 2 Upon submittance of your SAS Application Packet the Coordinator of SAS will review the documentation including the documentation from the student's appropriate provider to determine eligibility.

Step 3 The SAS Coordinator will contact the student to review eligibility and if accepted to determine what accommodation options are available and how to proceed from here.

Step 4 Once all the documentation is submitted and reviewed the student will be contacted by the SAS coordinator discussing eligibility and accommodations and the student will now b officially enrolled with SAS Services.

Step 5 Professors of the classes that accommodations will be granted will be contacted via a letter or e-mail stating the student's accommodations. It is recommended the student follow up with their professors to make sure the professor is aware of the accommodations. It is the student's discretion to reveal to the professor the details of the disability. The SAS coordinator will keep the disability and details of the disability CONFIDENTIAL.

Step 6 A copy of the accommodations will be kept in the student's confidential file that will be kept in the SAS Coordinator's Office that will remain in a locked cabinet to protect the student's privacy.

Current Students

Current Students should make sure that they stay in touch with the coordinator to ensure that services are carried over from term to term. Students must contact the coordinator listing the classes that they will need accommodations for each term. It is required to apply for accommodations via the registration packet each new school year to continue to be eligible for services.

Step 1 Before each term the student must submit to the coordinator of SAS the students schedule and the accommodations that will be needed for each class, in writing, email correspondence is acceptable.

Step 2 The SAS coordinator will send professors of the classes that accommodations will be granted a letter or e-mail stating the student's accommodations. It is recommended the student follow up with their professors to make sure the professor is aware of the accommodations. It is the student's discretion to reveal to the professor the details of the disability. The SAS coordinator will keep the disability and details of the disability CONFIDENTIAL.

Step 3 A copy of the accommodations will be kept in the student's confidential file that will be kept in the SAS Coordinator's office that will remain in a locked cabinet to protect the student's privacy.

Step 4 Please keep in mind that a new SAS Application Packet must be filled out at the beginning of each Academic Year to be eligible to receive accommodations from school year to school year; this includes the form that needs to be filled out by the appropriate provider/professional.

What is an appropriate professional: Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Educational Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Neurophysiologist, Licensed Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Family Practitioner, Hospital Physician or any Licensed Doctor in the medical field.

To ensure that your accommodations are met it is important to get your packets and documentation filled out as early as possible upon beginning classes. Allow at least 10 business days for fully completed packets to be processed and keep in mind that packets cannot be processed until all the required paperwork has been submitted.

Qualifiying Disabilities

Chancellor University and the Office of Student Accessibility Services is dedicated to assisting students with a "disability" that substantially impairs a major life activity.

Disabilities fall into several categories, those categories include:

Physical Disabilities

A physical impairment refers to a broad range of disabilities which include orthopedic, neuromuscular, cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders. Examples include limited mobility, visual impairment, asthma, or any medical condition that may cause pain or any other symptoms that may affect a student's ability to function effectively in an academic environment, which includes online classes and assignments.

Psychological Disabilities/Disorders

A psychological disorder, also known as a mental disorder, is a pattern of behavioral or psychological symptoms that impact multiple life areas and/or create distress for the person experiencing these symptoms and can negatively affect ones academic endeavors. Examples are ADHD or bi-polar disorder.

Learning Disabilities

An individual whom experiences a learning disability is one who has difficulties with academic achievement and progress. Discrepancies exist between a person's potential for learning and what he/she actually learns. An example would be dyslexia.

To ensure appropriate and reasonable accommodations for our students the Office of SAS requires that the appropriate documentation is presented about the impairment or disorder from a licensed professional who is LEGALLY qualified to make a diagnosis.

Documentation from the appropriate professional must include:
  • Professional's name and signature, degree, license and certification information
  • Place of employment
  • Contact Information
  • Accommodation Recommendations
It is important to note that the documentation must be "current" meaning that the assessment must be no older than three years earlier. Keep in mind that the accommodation recommendations by the appropriate professional are not automatically implemented by the SAS Coordinator but are given serious consideration and thought.

Grievance Procedures

A student who has a complaint about SAS Services is encouraged to file a grievance set forth in the Student Handbook. In order to file a grievance the student should first contact the SAS Coordinator to talk about the complaint unless it directly involves the Coordinator. In the case that it involves the SAS Coordinator it is encouraged that the student contact Mr. Chris Burges, Compliance/Regulatory Affairs Officer at cburges@chancelloru.edu.

Helpful Resources

Assistive Technology Programs & Products 
Americans with Disabilities Act Home Page 
A guide to Disability 
Hearing Loss Association of America 
National Federation of the Blind 
American Foundation for the Blind 
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped 
Lighthouse International 
Attention Deficit Disorder Association 
AHEAD 
The International Dyslexia Association 
Access Able Travel Source 
National Rehabilitation Resource Center 
Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic 
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficient/Hyperactivity Disorder 
National Organization on Disability 
Deaf/Hard of Hearing Resources 
Blind/Low Vision Resources
Job Accommodation Network (JAN) 
Learning Disabilities Association of America 
National Center for Learning Disabilities 
Brain Injury Association of America 
National Association of the Deaf 
Protection and Advocacy Website 
Self-Advocacy Online 
Social Security Website

Distance Learners

Under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (amended in 1996), and the Technology Act of 1998, the Office of Disability Services at Chancellor University ensures that students with disabilities are provided with equal opportunities to take online courses if they so require. Reasonable accommodations will be determined on an individual basis. Students who request accommodations for their online classes must qualify and must follow the same procedures as an ADA student taking traditional classes.

Chancellor University's faculty and staff act in ways to promote the success of each individual and to support student independence and success!

For information and assistance please contact

Student Accessibilities Service Coordinator
Chancellor University
6000 Lombardo Center Drive
Suite 200
Seven Hills, Ohio 44134
studentaccesssrv@chancelloru.edu
Ph: 216-361-2752
Fx: 216-502-3337
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