Welcome to the Royer Center for Academic Development, Office of Disability Services. Our goal is to provide equal access to all academic programs and services for students with disabilities. We work with faculty and staff to provide reasonable accommodations in a friendly and responsive learning environment and to nurture self-determination on the part of students we serve.
In addition to the required accommodations, we provide other help services that may be beneficial to the student (these are available to all students, free of charge):
The Director of the Royer Center remains available for regular meetings with students who have special needs, assisting them in whatever way he can, monitoring their progress through a semester, communicating with parents (upon a student’s request), etc. The Director can also assist in establishing contact between such students and other faculty/staff members who may be better suited to give assistance.
McPherson College, primarily through the Royer Center for Academic Development, provides a variety of services, including but not limited to those described below, in its effort to accommodate students with disabilities. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act and other relevant Acts, reasonable accommodations may include, but are not limited to,
Professors should be sensitive to seating arrangements and should see that the aisles and doorways are free of obstacles. They should also recognize that students who have difficulty with handwriting may do fine on computer exams and assignments. The key principle is “accommodation,” not the altering of academic standards or course content. The student must make his or her abilities and limitations known and must meet the instructor’s expectations regarding class participation, attendance, and performance.
McPherson College does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the recruitment of students, faculty, or staff, or in the operation of any of its educational programs and activities, as required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 states: “No otherwise qualified person with a disability in the United States . . . shall, solely by reason of . . . disability, be denied the benefits of, be excluded from participation in, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” McPherson College is committed to full compliance with the federal laws named above.
Students who have or are regarded as having either a temporary or permanent disability are welcome at McPherson College under the regular admissions requirements. McPherson College seeks to create an environment in which all members of the community are free from harassment, discrimination, and threats of violence. Efforts are made in every department to inform students and prospective students of the rights of persons with disabilities under the law and the commitment of McPherson College to non-discrimination toward persons with disabilities.
It is the specific responsibility of the college administration and all faculty serving in a teaching capacity to ensure the college’s full compliance with the policies and procedures described above.
McPherson College is committed to protecting the privacy and dignity of all students who attend this school. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, no applicant, or student, or potential user of the facilities or services of McPherson College shall be required to disclose in writing or orally that he or she has a disability. It is the right of the student voluntarily to self-disclose; the college may request information about a student’s disability only after the student has voluntarily disclosed his or her disability.
McPherson College will maintain the confidentiality of a student’s medical and academic records, except under the following conditions and for the following purposes:
Under no circumstances may a representative of the college make public, to individuals or to a group - such as a classroom of students - information regarding the disability of a student, except that the conveyance of such information meets the above-mentioned conditions.
Although no student may be required by the school to disclose information regarding his or her disability, the student must inform the school of his or her disability in order to secure the needed accommodations. This “self-disclosure” must follow the procedures outlined below.
Verification of a Permanent Disability:
Students with disabilities must provide McPherson College with professional documentation, certified by any of the following licensed practitioners: physician, psychologist, audiologist, speech pathologist, rehabilitation counselor, physical therapist, occupational therapist, learning disability specialist, or any other health care provider who is qualified to diagnose a disability. The documentation should not be more than three years old.
Verification of a learning disability should include the following: 1) documentation prepared by a qualified professional, as described above; 2) testing procedures and instruments used to diagnose the disability, test results, and a written interpretation of those test results; 3) a written assessment of the student’s present level of functioning in the achievement areas affected by the disability. The data provided should clearly indicate the need for the accommodations requested.
Note regarding IEP’s and other documentation of educational history:
A history of accommodations you have received in school within the past three years-your IEP, for instance, or an equivalent—MIGHT also be helpful. This educational history documentation alone will NOT establish eligibility for accommodations.
The student must bear the cost of evaluation and verification. Documentation should be provided by the student and given to the Director for the Royer Center for Academic Development or to Admissions personnel. The college reserves the right to request further documentation if that provided by the student is deemed by the college to be inadequate. The student shall bear the cost of supplemental evaluations and documentation. If the college wishes to secure a second opinion regarding the disability of a student, then the college shall bear the cost.
Verification of a Temporary Disability:
The guidelines for verifying a temporary disability are generally the same as those for verifying a permanent disability. However, documentation for a temporary disability must be no older than 60 days and should indicate the nature and expected duration of the disability.
Request for Disability Services Form - Questions and concerns about accomodations for disabilities should be directed to Ms. Carole Barr in the Office of Disability Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or (620) 242-0507.
Associate Director of the Royer Center for Academic Development