Blackburn College is committed to an inclusive learning environment that meets the needs of all students. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), students with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations to ensure an equitable & meaningful educational experience. The Student Success Center at Lumpkin Library works with disabled students in an interactive process to determine the best ways to meet their specific needs. Students seeking accommodation should contact the Student Success team to initiate the process. This page provides additional details about what to expect from the accommodations process.
Blackburn College is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning community. Providing equal opportunities for students with disabilities is central to this commitment. To ensure our campus policies and practices are aligned to this commitment the Blackburn community will use the following principles to guide our service to students in need of accommodation.
- Blackburn College recognizes that disability inclusion and equity are key components of the College’s stated values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- All ADA processes and procedures at Blackburn College will be designed to prioritize the humanity and dignity of students.
- Accessing disability services and Blackburn College should not place an undue burden on the student.
- Students’ claim of disability is assumed to be legitimate at face value.
- Each request for accommodation will be reviewed and considered individually.
- Blackburn College will use a holistic approach to assessing the impact and proper accommodation of a disability, incorporating multiple data points.
- Blackburn College will seek to implement the most effective accommodations based on each student’s needs.
- Accommodation will be considered within the context of their impact on the institution including fundamental alteration, undue burden, and direct threat standards.
- The Blackburn College Disability Services office will work collaboratively to provide guidance, clarity, and support to faculty, staff, and other members of the campus community regarding the needs of students with disabilities.
- The Blackburn College Disability Services office will work to provide professional development opportunities regarding current information on the foundations of disability services and civil rights, best practices for implementation and changes in disability law.
Medical documentation, i.e.:
• Medical Provider Form
• A note from your doctor
• Copy of IEP or 504 plan from high school
Once the interactive process has taken place and you and DS have decided if accommodation(s) are appropriate, you will be issued an Accommodation Letter. Depending on your situation, you may receive more than one letter.
You are responsible for sharing your letter with each of your instructors and working with them to develop a plan for how your accommodation(s) will be delivered in each of your classes. For example, if one of your accommodations is extended time on exams, in one class you may be able to still take the exam in the classroom with other students, but in another class your instructor may prefer that you set up a time to take the exam in the Lumpkin Testing room. You will need to work with each of your instructors to determine these details, and make sure that both you and your instructor are aware of these plans. You should also sign and return your Accommodation Letter to Disability Services (an electronic version is fine) and you are encouraged to ask your instructors to also sign off on your accommodation letter to confirm that they received it and understand their responsibilities. Your instructor may also want to keep a copy of your letter for their records, and if so you should send them a copy. You are responsible for informing Disability Services about any issues or concerns with your accommodations.
Please review the U.S. Department of Education website for more information about rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Contact the Student Success team with any questions about Disability Services.