Students should become familiar with the College’s policies, procedures, and services regarding the certification and accommodation of disabilities to enable them to advocate for themselves. New students are encouraged to register as soon as they commit to St. Thomas Aquinas College, or at the time that the learning, physical, or psychological disability presents. If you believe you are in need of an accommodation, please follow the below process:
Initiate the support process by completing a Request for Accommodation Form
- A student must provide appropriate documentation, which should be forwarded from the student’s high school, certified psychologist, licensed or otherwise properly credentialed professional. The documentation can be no more than 3 years old and must provide information which establishes a disability, describes the functional limitations of the disability, how the disability affects the student, and suggests reasonable accommodations.
- Submit complete form with necessary documentation to the Accessibility Services Liaison. All accommodation requests are reviewed on a case by case basis.
- The Liaison will then forward your request and supporting documentation to the appropriate Committee.
- The Committee will meet and make a determination on your request.
- Accommodations are granted to allow students with disabilities to equally participate in and benefit from St. Thomas Aquinas College’s programs, services, and activities, provided that these accommodations would not (1) cause undue burden to the college and/or (2) fundamentally alter the nature of St. Thomas Aquinas College’s academic programs, services, or activities.
You will receive a letter from the Committee outlining their decision.
If your accommodation is approved it is your responsibility to self-advocate by communicating, as needed, with faculty, staff and/or your supervisor to assist in the implementation of auxiliary aids, services and/or academic or employment related adjustments that the College has determined should be provided.
Students who require special housing accommodations due to a documented disability must complete a Request for Disability Accommodation form and submit current documentation from a licensed, credentialed professional to the Office of Accessibility in a timely manner.
To request a special housing accommodation for a documented disability:
- Complete a Residence Life application and Room & Board Agreement. This can be obtained through the Office of Residence Life.
- Complete a Request for Disability Accommodation form and submit current documentation from a licensed credentialed professional. The documentation must be written on the treating clinicians official letterhead. The documentation must state the diagnosis, the reasonable accommodation being requested, and how this accommodation will benefit the student.
- Submit the Request for Disability Accommodation form to the Office of Accessibility by mailing it to the address listed on the bottom of the form or email it to [email protected]. Students may also deliver the Request for Disability Accommodation form and supporting documentation to the Office of Accessibility, located in Spellman Hall, Room 109.
- A file will be created and submitted to the Committee for Non-Academic Accommodation of Disabilities (CNAAD). The Committee will review the request and a determination will be made. The student will be contacted by the Committee.
All requests for housing accommodations should be made as early as possible, preferably at the time of committing to St. Thomas Aquinas College, or when a disability presents itself.
For more information about requesting a special housing accommodation for a documented disability, please contact the Office of Accessibility at (845) 398-4087.
Employees should become familiar with the College’s policies, procedures, and services regarding the certification and accommodation of disabilities to enable them to advocate for themselves. If you believe you are in need of an accommodation, please follow these steps.