DISABILITY SERVICES

While ensuring the academic integrity of its programs, Kellogg Community College is dedicated to providing the reasonable accommodations needed to ensure equal access to educational opportunities for individuals with verified disabilities. Disability services are provided to students who self-disclose a disability to the Center for Student Success and provide appropriate documentation.

The CSS is located in Room 207 of the Ohm Information Technology Center on campus at 450 North Ave. in Battle Creek.

Requesting Accommodations

Follow the steps below to request disability accomodations through the Center for Student Success.

  1. Provide disability documentation to Center for Student Success. Documentation must be provided by a licensed professional with specific knowledge of both the individual and the disability and must include diagnosis, method of diagnosis, how the disability affects one or more major life functions, and recommendations for academic accommodations in a college setting.
  2. Print this DOCTOR LETTER and provide it to the appropriate health professional in order to assist in obtaining disability documentation.
  3. At the time of your documentation submission, please discuss with a Center for Student Success professional what accommodations you deem appropriate and effective in assisting you in fully participating in the educational environment.
  4. The Center for Student Success will fully evaluate the request, utilizing the documentation provided, your discussion with the Center for Student Success and the Center for Student Success’ knowledge of the educational environment and will notify you of the determination via KCC email.
  5. Each semester email notification of reasonable accommodations will be provided to eligible registered students and their instructors.

Receiving Accommodations

  • Speak directly with each of your instructors every semester in order to make arrangements to utilize your accommodations. In some instances your instructor will be able to provide the accommodations directly. However, at other times you and your instructor may also need to coordinate your accommodations with the Center for Student Success.
  • If at anytime you determine that your accommodations are not sufficiently assisting you in fully participating in the educational environment, please contact the Center for Student Success immediately to review current services and determine if additional services are necessary.

For more information, contact the Center for Student Success at 269-965-4150 or [email protected].

Disability Terms & Definitions

Below are definitions of disability-related terms commonly used at KCC.

Accommodation

This is a broad term that refers to auxiliary aids and/or services that students with disabilities receive based on documentation provided to the Center for Student Success and conversation with a Center for Student Success professional.

Diagnosis

A diagnosis is provided in documentation from a qualified professional with knowledge of the disability and the student and includes how the disability substantially limits the individual’s ability to perform a major life activity and how the diagnosis was determined. Please note that a diagnosis of an illness or impairment by itself may not entitle you to any accommodations if the physical or mental condition diagnosed does not impose a functional limitation on one or more of the major life activities.

Disability

Federal law defines a disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits or restricts the conditions, manner or duration under which an average person in the general population can perform a major life activity. Disabilities don’t always impair the individual student’s performance but may require the individual to seek alternative methods of carrying out a given task. An impairment or diagnosis, in and of itself, does not constitute a disability: it must “substantially limit” activities of daily living.

Documentation

Documentation must be provided by a licensed professional with specific knowledge of both the individual and the disability and include diagnosis, method of diagnosis, how the disability affects one or more major life functions, and recommendations for academic accommodations in a college setting. The Center for Student Success will review any documentation received and determine through consultation with the student what, if any, accommodations are reasonable for the student.

Functional Limitation

A disability must limit functioning in an educational environment before one can receive an accommodation. A college-level educational institution, such as KCC, defines “functional limitation” as the impact of the disability on the student’s ability to have access to a program of study. A diagnosis of an illness or impairment, in and of itself, does not necessarily require accommodation. There must be a logical link between the functional limitation stemming from the diagnosis and the accommodation provided.

Instructor Notification

When reasonable accommodations have been approved for a student, the Center for Student Success sends notification emails to instructors at the beginning of every semester, a copy of which is also sent to the student via KCC email. The notifications contain the following information:

  • Student name
  • Which course the student is taking with this instructor
  • General information about disability services procedures
  • Approved accommodations for the specific student
  • Request to contact the Center for Student Success if these accommodations are not sufficient for the specific student or the specific class

No information identifying the student’s actual disability or diagnosis is ever sent to instructors. The student may choose to share this information with the instructors, and we encourage such sharing to take place so that greater understanding can develop. Whether or not to share this information and the extent of information shared is up to the student. Center for Student Success counselors are available to discuss this further with students.

Licensed Professional

An individual who has a license to practice in his/her area of medicine, psychiatry or psychology by a state, board or other licensing or credentialing body. In the context of disability services, a licensed professional is one who would be qualified to make a diagnosis of a disability related to his/her area of practice. Please note that, for disability documentation, a licensed professional is qualified to make a diagnosis and/or recommendations only when the disability diagnosis is within his/her area of licensure.

Major Life Activity

Government regulations define “major life activities” as “functions such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working.” This list is not an exhaustive one; the listed activities are examples, but other activities may also be considered “major life activities.” An impairment or diagnosis, in and of itself, does not constitute a disability; it must “substantially limit” activities of daily living.

Recommendations for Accommodations

When a qualified professional provides documentation of a disability, he or she is asked by the Center for Student Success to recommend specific accommodations that would be appropriate for the student in a college environment. The Center for Student Success uses these recommendations and its knowledge of the specific class requirements, along with consultation with the individual student, to determine which accommodations are reasonable and effective and would meet the needs of the individual student. Even though an accommodation is recommended, the Center for Student Success may or may not approve it based on careful review. Certain accommodations may also not be approved because they would alter the essential requirements of a degree program or place an undue hardship on the college.

Review of Documentation

Once the Center for Student Success receives your disability documentation, our review includes the following:

  • Verification of professional credentials
  • Verification that the diagnosis methods were appropriate to diagnose the stated disability
  • Review of the diagnosis and recommendations for accommodations made by the professional
  • Decision on which accommodations are reasonable based on documentation and student consultation

Once we have reviewed the documentation and made a decision on reasonable accommodations, notification will be sent to the student. If you are currently enrolled in classes, an Instructor Notification is also sent to your instructors.

 

Disability FAQ

The following are answers to frequently asked questions about disability services at KCC.

Do I have to disclose my disability to anyone at KCC?

You are not required to disclose your disability to the College. However, if you are seeking academic adjustments due to your disability you must identify yourself to the Center for Student Success by providing documentation of your disability. Accommodations do not apply retroactively and grades will not be changed for work completed before eligibility for accommodations was established.

Do standards of appropriate behavior apply to students with disabilities?

Yes, all students are expected to abide by KCC’s Student Code of Conduct.

Is there a charge for disability services?

Students are not charged for academic accommodations required based on disability. However, if you receive alternative textbook format accommodations, publishers require you purchase the textbook prior to providing the textbook in an alternative format.

When should I submit my documentation?

The sooner the better, as documentation may need review, clarification, additional information and discussion with a Center for Student Success staff member. Students are encouraged to initiate the process as early as possible after they are admitted to KCC.

Is it ever too late to request accommodations?

A student may begin the documentation process to request accommodations at any time. However, as stated previously, accommodations will not be provided retroactively and grades will not be changed after a student is approved for accommodations. Not all accommodations can be implemented immediately, so plan appropriately.

Do I have to use all of my accommodations in every class?

No, not all accommodations are necessary or appropriate in every class. Keep in mind that if you choose not to use an accommodation in a particular class, you will not be given the chance to redo the work with accommodations at a later date. If you find that you need different accommodations for a specific class, please contact the Center for Student Success immediately so we can review and, if appropriate, approve additional or class-specific accommodations.

Can I request an accommodation directly from my instructor, without first meeting with the Center for Student Success?

No. While we encourage you to discuss your accommodations with your instructor to ensure that you are able to fully and effectively participate in the class, all accommodations must first be approved by the Center for Student Success.

Who informs my instructors about my accommodations?

At the beginning of every semester, or any time you have a change in your approved accommodations, the Center for Student Success sends an Instructor Notification email to each of your instructors. You will receive a copy of this email too. The email states what your accommodations are but does not disclose your diagnosis. Talk to your instructor after you receive the email in order to discuss your accommodations directly with them.

What if I have trouble working with my instructor regarding my accommodations?

Contact the Center for Student Success as soon as possible for assistance in resolving the situation or to discuss any issues you are experiencing related to your accommodations.

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