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Student Disability Services

Young Harris College is committed to providing an environment in which all students are given a reasonable opportunity to learn and work to their full potential.  In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the College will provide reasonable accommodations for students with known disabilities. 

Young Harris College recognizes a student with a disability as anyone who has submitted appropriate documentation of a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.  Accommodations are made on a case by case basis, determined by the nature of the documented disability and of the specific College program and facilities involved.

A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a course, program, service, activity, or facility.  It is designed to offer a qualified student with a disability reasonable access to the same opportunities, benefits, and privileges available to a similarly situated student without a disability.  The accommodation is not required if it would fundamentally alter the nature of the course, program, service, or facility, or if it would result in an undue burden for the institution.  To determine reasonable accommodations, the College will seek information from appropriate personnel regarding essential standards for courses, programs, services, activities, and facilities.

The Office of Student Disability Services coordinates the provision of reasonable accommodations in the academic program for students with documented disabilities.   Student Disability Services staff will work with each qualified student to design an individualized and confidential Student Support Plan and to coordinate accommodations throughout the academic term.  For more information, for a copy of current policies and procedures, or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Student Disability Services staff.  For further information regarding access to campus housing, facilities, activities and events please contact the Student Development Office at (706) 379-5118 or the Office of Residence Life at (706) 379-5300.

Admitted students must submit appropriate documentation of disability and meet with Student Disability Services staff to establish eligibility for services. Although students are not required to identify themselves as having a disability, it is important that they know they are not eligible for support until they have done so. Accommodations are not retroactive and a new request must be submitted each semester the student is enrolled if he/she wants accommodations.

Students are required to submit written documentation of sensory, physical, psychological or other health impairments. Typically, this will be a medical report or letter from a physician. Students with learning disabilities are required to submit current diagnostic testing (i.e. within the last three years) that meets specific guidelines (as established in Documentation Guidelines for a Specific learning Disability).

The Office of Student Disability Services determines appropriate academic adjustments and arranges to provide needed auxiliary aids. Accommodations are provided at no expense to the student and are based upon each individual’s unique needs. The process of requesting and receiving accommodations is interactive; all people involved—the student, the instructor, the Office of Student Disability Services, and sometimes individual departments and programs or college administrators—work together to make sure the process provides student needs. It is the responsibility of the Director of the Office of Disability Services to determine eligibility for services based on documented disability and consultation with others as needed.  The law requires maintaining strict confidentiality of records and of information documenting a disability. Student Disability Services can disclose the specific nature of a student’s disability only when that student requests the release of information.

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