Thiel College

Disability Services


The Office of Disability Services provides services and academic adjustments to ensure there is no discrimination on the basis of disability.

Spring Semester Hours

  • Monday and Wednesday - 8 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday - Noon to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday - 9 to 11:30 a.m., 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday - hours by appointment only

Other hours are available by appointment.

Following the guidelines of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities act of 1990, Thiel College does not discriminate in the recruitment, admission or treatment of students with documented disabilities. Students with disabilities must meet the College's academic standards for admission and be able to perform the essential objectives for a program and course work. Our office:

  • Provides services and academic adjustments to students with disabilities
  • Works closely with faculty and staff in an advisory capacity
  • Assists in the development of reasonable academic adjustments for students
  • Provides equitable access for individuals with disabilities

Who Qualifies for Academic Adjustment?

  • Anyone who has an impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities
  • Anyone who has documentation of the disability from a qualified healthcare professional
  • Anyone who can demonstrate that the reasonable academic adjustments is necessary for participation in College programs

Confidentiality

  • All Disability Services documentation is considered confidential between the student and the Office of Disability Services, unless the student chooses to reveal it
  • All explicit or implicit reference to a certain student and his/her disability is inappropriate
How to access Disability Services

All self-identified and qualified persons with a disability requesting reasonable academic adjustments at Thiel College must complete the following prior to academic adjustments being given.

  1. Self-identify with Office of Disability Services
  2. Present documentation to the Office of Disability Services from an appropriate professional source (see below) verifying the disability or make arrangements to have your documentation mailed, faxed or delivered to the Office of Disability Services as soon as possible.
  3. Cost for providing this professional assessment shall be the responsibility of the student.

Disability / Diagnosticians(s)

  • ADD, ADHD: Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Physician
  • Emotional Disability: Psychologist, Psychiatrist
  • Visual Impairment: Ophthalmologist
  • Hearing Impairment: Certified Otologist, Audiologist
  • Learning Disability: Psychologist, Neuropsychologist, School Psychologist
  • Physical Disability: Physician, Nurse Practitioner

All students' documentation will be evaluated on a case-by case basis. This information will help ensure proper consideration of each student's individual need occurs in a timely manner.

The Office of Disability Services has the responsibility of determining students' needs for academic adjustments and how Thiel College can meet these needs with the resources available. If the student or faculty believes the academic adjustment(s) provided are not reasonable, the established grievance procedure should be followed.

Disability Services Responsibilities, Rights and Resources

Documentation for Qualification

  • Be qualified by having documented disability.
  • Obtain paper documentation and provide such information to the Office of Disability Services.
  • Communicate – work with the Office of Disability Services and faculty on developing advocacy skills and inform faculty and staff of your specific need and/or Academic Adjustment.

Request for Academic Adjustments

  • Written or verbal request must be made with the Office of Disability Services each semester.
  • The process is interactive involving reasonable effort on the part of the student and the Office of Disability Services.
  • All requests must be made in a reasonable, timely manner. Make appointments with the Office of Disability Services or a faculty member to facilitate privacy when requesting academic adjustments.
  • Obtain letters of academic adjustments from the Office of Disability Services in a timely manner, preferable early in the semester.
  • Deliver letters to faculty.
  • Inform the Office of Disability Services of materials you need in alternate format as soon as possible.
  • Notify the Office of Disability Services immediately when an academic adjustment is not being provided completely or correctly.
  • Notify the Office of Disability Services when an academic adjustments is no longer needed or a decision is made not to use the academic adjustment.

Follow Policies & Procedures

  • Read and follow established policies of the College.
  • Exercise diligence to make sure the process works.

Act as Your Own Advocate (Your Rights)

Please note: Thiel College is not required to provide the specific academic adjustments that the student requests. An alternative academic Adjustment may be provided if it is effective. A "reasonable" academic adjustment involves a thorough analysis of the individual's circumstances of the case in question.  Determination of what is reasonable requires a balance between the student's right to access and Thiel's right to uphold academic integrity.

Faculty should include a statement directing a student to the Office of Disability Services on a syllabus in order to make it clear to a student that it is his or her responsibility and right to get the process of receiving academic adjustments started. The following is to be included on all course syllabi:

It is the policy of Thiel College and its educational programs not to discriminate against qualified students with documented disabilities. Students desiring accommodation for a disability are responsible for providing evidence from a qualified professional confirming the disability and identifying appropriate interventions. This evidence should be taken to the Office of Disability Services in the Learning Commons as early as possible in the semester. The Coordinator of the Office of Disability Services will develop a letter of accommodation to be sent to course instructors and other appropriate offices.

If documentation is already on file, the students with disabilities are responsible for visiting the Office for Disability Services to set up accommodations for EACH semester. They are also responsible for talking to their professors about their needs as early as possible for EACH semester.