Saint Paul College is committed to providing access to educational opportunities for all students, including those with disabilities. The Disabilities Services Office provides assistance such as information, referral, advocacy, support, and academic accommodations for students. Accommodations are made on an individualized and flexible basis. Students with disabilities are responsible for requesting assistance at Saint Paul College and for providing documentation of their disability.
The Director of Access & Disability Resources assists in the transition of students with disabilities to Saint Paul College's programs and services. They are also responsible for identification, referral, advocacy, accommodation, and interagency coordination. The Director of Access & Disability can be reached at (651) 846-1547, or AccessResources@saintpaul.edu
Access & Disability Resources foster programmatic and environmental access to students with disabilities so students can pursue their educational goals. The Office also serves as a resource on disability issues to the students and the College community.
Procedures for Obtaining Services
All students who wish to receive services through the Access & Disability Resources Office must meet with the Director of Access & Disability Resources and provide acceptable documentation of disability prior to receiving services. Available services will be explained and those deemed reasonable will be provided upon the student's request.
Any person who has a documented disability, permanent or temporary, who is a student or prospective student at Saint Paul College is eligible for services. Saint Paul College requires students with disabilities to submit documentation of their disability prior to receiving academic accommodations. The College requires that documentation:
- Clearly state the diagnosed disability or disabilities
- Describe the tests performed in making the diagnosis
- Describe the functional limitations resulting from the disability or disabilities
- Be current (less than 3 years old)
- Describe the specific accommodation(s) requested
- Adequately support each of the requested accommodations
- Be typed or printed on official letterhead and be signed by an evaluator qualified to make the diagnosis, including information about license or certification and area of specialization. Any documentation that fails to meet any of these criteria may not be sufficient to warrant accommodations. Individualized Education Programs (IEP’s) are not sufficient documentation to receive accommodations at the higher education level. Students whose documentation is insufficient are invited to resubmit additional documentation at any time. Saint Paul College is not responsible for providing accommodations to students who have not submitted adequate documentation.
Accommodations may be provided for one semester from the time of intake while documentation is received and reviewed by Access & Disability Resources Staff. If documentation has not been submitted to the office within one semester, services will be withheld until verification of the disability has been received.
Rights for Students with Disabilities
All students at Saint Paul College have the right to be treated with dignity and respect by staff and employees at the College. Students with disabilities have the right to:
- Have information regarding their disability and services kept confidential and disclosed only on a need-to-know basis
- High quality services and assistance in accordance with Saint Paul College policies and procedure
- Evaluate the services they received and bring to the attention of the Director of Access & Disability Resources any concerns or problems related to the delivery of services
- Appeal any denied requests for services. All denials will be documented and kept on file by the Access & Disability Resources Office
Students with disabilities should contact the Access & Disability Resources as soon as possible to allow time to put accommodations in place.
Saint Paul College offers the following services to students to remove environmental and programmatic barriers related to a disability:
- Support and counseling
- Information and referrals
- Early registration
Physical Access Accommodations
- Assistive listening devices
- Academic accommodations
- Sign language interpreters
- Assistive computer software
- Test proctoring/accommodations such as extra time, quiet rooms, tests on tape
- Written materials made available on tape or in other alternative formats
- Adaptive equipment
- Recorders and scribes
- Transition services
- Assistance with course selection and program advising
- Other services as deemed appropriate by staff
Sign Language Interpreters and Notetakers for Deaf Students
Sign Language Interpreters assist deaf and hard-of-hearing students with classroom communication, as well as communication with students, faculty and staff. Many College events are interpreted/transliterated for deaf students/staff. Notetakers are often necessary during class lectures so deaf and hard-of-hearing students can concentrate fully on the interpreter. Some deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals do not know or use American Sign Language. They may depend entirely on lip reading to communicate. Oral interpreters and notetakers may provide necessary communication when instructors are not facing them. FM aids are available for those hard-of-hearing individuals who wish to use assistive listening devices/equipment during lectures or group discussions.
Contact Access & Disability Resources
Any questions should be directed to the Director of Access and Disability Resources at 651.846.1547 or AccessResources@saintpaul.edu. For difficulty with any requested accommodation, please contact the Access & Disability Resources Office in a timely manner for assistance.