WELCOME TO UNION COUNTY COLLEGE OFFICE OF SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Union County College provides equal access to academic programs, activities, and awards for students without discrimination on the basis of disabling conditions.
Union adheres to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, including the recent Amendments Act, and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability.
Union County College does not discriminate and prohibits discrimination (including, but not limited to the basis of mental or physical disability or perceived disability), as required by state and/or federal law, in all programs and activities, including employment and access to its career and technical programs.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
In college, the disability identification process differs significantly from high school. In college, it is the student’s responsibility to self-disclose and to provide appropriate documentation of special disability needs to Union County College.
At Union, this process begins at the point of acceptance. Your Admission packet will include an identification form. If special assistance is needed, complete this form and return it to the Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities.
To ensure the safety of all students, the College requests that students with disabilities file their schedules with Public Safety each term. This information will be used only in the event of an emergency.
Students with concerns associated with a disability should submit their concerns to the Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities or Director of ACT, located in the ACT Services Center, Cranford campus. Students on other campuses should submit their concerns to the Coordinator of Student Services. Students should refer to the Grievance Procedure for Students published in the Union County College Student Handbook for further information.
Twice yearly, a New Student Orientation on Disability Services is held. New students are encouraged to attend this orientation for answers to questions regarding accessibility and accommodation.
- Students must supply their own appropriate documentation
- Documentation must generally be less than 3 years old
- Accommodations are based solely on the documentation provided
- No fundamental changes are permitted to the college requirements
- Most accommodation requests need to be made at the beginning of each semester
- No accommodation is official until the Faculty Accommodation Alert Form is issued and signed by the student, faculty member, and Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities
- Students are responsible to request accommodations each semester.
- Accommodations are not retroactive
- Beginning with the 1st semester of non-enrollment, documentation is kept for a maximum of 5 years.
STANDARD DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS:
As defined by law, if a student has self-identified as a person with a disability, and wishes to seek accommodations, appropriate documentation must be submitted.
All documentation must verify the disability, functional limitations and the need for accommodations. Students must meet all requirements and institutional standards for all classes. Depending upon the disability, documentation might include:
- Educational Evaluation (usually less than three years old), with the specific diagnosis by a licensed psychologist or a learning consultant, including test scores, and preferably including accommodations.
- Psychological Evaluation (usually less than three years old), with the specific diagnosis by a licensed psychologist or a learning consultant, including test scores, and preferably including accommodations.
Physical or Sensory Disabilities:
Comprehensive physician diagnosis and report, (usually less than one year old); type and severity of current symptoms; functional impact of the disability; current medications, treatments, and/or services currently prescribed; description of expected progression or stability of the dis-ability or illness over time; and recommendations for accommodations or services connecting the need for the accommodations to the functional impact of the disability.
Current documentation (usually less than one year old); an official report from a licensed psychiatrist, licensed psychologist, licensed social worker, or licensed mental health provider; specific diagnosis, description of current symptoms, and summary of comprehensive assessment; history of symptoms, and validation of need for services related to the functional impact of the disability; current treatment and medication, including any side effects; recommendations including suggested academic accommodations justified by the link to functional limitations in the academic environment.
Individual Educational Plans (IEPs), 504 Plan, or documentation of past accommodations may be used to determine appropriate accommodations only if they contain the above information specific to the disability as required above.
Union County College is accessible to all and able to offer students a range of accommodations. The various services may include:
- Academic Accommodations
- Academic Advisement and Registration Assistance
- Testing Accommodations
- Referral to Community Resources
- Assistive Technologies
- Linkage to Para Transit Services providing transportation to and from Union County College