FAQs for Students

Is there a separate admissions process for students with disabilities?

No. Regardless of a disability, a student must meet the same admissions criteria.  

What is considered a disability?

As defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a disability is a mental, physical, or psychological impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities.

What are accommodations?

Accommodations are adjustments to policy, practice, and programs that “level the playing field” for students with disabilities and provide equal access to St. Thomas Aquinas College’s programs and activities.  This adjustment must be made without altering the fundamental goals of the course, lowering the standards in the class, or causing an undue financial burden on the college.

Do I have to tell all of my professors that I have a disability?

No, only in the classes in which you would like to use your accommodations.

Who on campus will know that I have a disability if I choose to use the services of the Office of Accessibility?

The staff of the Office of Accessibility, The Committee for Academic Accommodation of Disabilities, and anyone you choose to tell.  All information that you provide to the Office of Accessibility is considered confidential and kept in a secure location.

Does St. Thomas Aquinas College have a specialized program for students with disabilities?

Degree requirements are the same for all students. St. Thomas Aquinas College offers a wide range of services for students with disabilities, including the Pathways program.  Beyond the services required by law for students with learning disabilities, St. Thomas Aquinas College also has a program for individuals with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders.  Students who choose this type of comprehensive support and qualify may apply for the program.  For more information, visit the Pathways page.

Will a high school Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan provide sufficient documentation of a disability?

It depends.  The IEP and 504 plan is a valuable source of information and can be used to discuss appropriate accommodations, however St. Thomas Aquinas College also requires documentation from a licensed professional, that clearly defines an individual’s disability, the functional limitations it creates, and the suggested reasonable accommodations.  

Does St. Thomas Aquinas College pay for evaluations of a disability?

No. It is the student’s responsibility to provide verification of a disability and to pay for evaluations of such disability.

What role do my parents play in the process?

If you are 18 years or older, you are legally recognized as an adult.  You will the responsible for your own accommodation requests and disability related decisions.  Parents are a wonderful source of support and students are encouraged to have open communication with their parents or other significant family members.  

Where is the Office of Accessibility located?

Our office is located in Spellman Hall – 109.  The office is open from 9:00am – 4:00pm.