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You are encouraged to request reasonable accommodations at the time you enroll in the College but are not required to do so.
Students requesting reasonable accommodations are required to apply on a course-by-course or exam-by-exam basis. You will need to reapply for accommodations as soon as you know the next course or exam you wish to take.
If you are seeking reasonable accommodation for courses such as extended time for completion of assignments and/or examinations, alternate media for textbooks, etc., you must self-disclose to the Disability Services Coordinator and submit a request in writing or by an alternate accessible format, which generates a durable record, at least 45 days prior to the start date of the course. While the College reviews and attempts to fulfill late requests, the delay may result in accommodations not being available at the start of the term.
Examinations and Practice Examinations
If you are seeking reasonable accommodation for Excelsior College Examinations, apply for accommodation at the time you are ready to register for an exam.
Clinical Performance in Nursing Examination (CPNE®) or CPNE Skills Workshop
If you are seeking reasonable accommodation for the CPNE, you may apply when registering for the examination but no later than 45 days prior to the scheduled date of the CPNE. You should apply for accommodations for the CPNE Skills Workshop at the time you register for the workshop. While the College will review and attempt to fulfill late requests, the nature of the request may result in accommodations not being available for the scheduled date.
Review the policy and procedures document Reasonable Accommodations for Students with Disabilities (Job Access With Speech (JAWS) compatible version).
Complete the online Disability Registration and Request for Accommodation form.
All documents and forms are also available by request from the Disability Services Coordinator. An accessible format, which generates a durable record, may be substituted for a written version of this form where appropriate.
Request and submit documentation (See Documentation Guidelines Tab) which is original, signed, and on official letterhead from a certifying professional in the area of your disability. The documentation must address:
Submit your completed Disability Registration and Request for Accommodation and required documentation directly to the disability services coordinator:
Disability Services Coordinator
You will be notified in writing, or by accessible format, which generates a durable record where appropriate, the outcome of the request. Excelsior College reserves the right to verify the qualifications of the certifying professionals and the authenticity of the documentation.
If you are offered an accommodation, you are required to indicate acceptance by signing and returning the Accommodation Acceptance Form included with each official accommodation response letter.
In the event your accommodation request is denied or you find the accommodation offered unacceptable, you may submit a written appeal to the provost and chief academic officer for consideration and determination. Such written appeal may request a conference with the provost, or the provost’s designee, to discuss the appeal. You may be assisted during such conference by an attorney and/or other appropriate professional with knowledge of your disability, functional limitation(s), and/or the availability of appropriate accommodations. The provost and chief academic officer shall provide you with a written copy of the determination.
The documentation required for reasonable accommodation depends on the nature of your disability.
Documentation can be in the form of a psycho-educational report from a licensed psychologist (or other qualified professional) or it may be in the form of a letter prepared by a licensed professional who has had the specific training to make differential mental diagnoses (psychiatrists, psychologists, neurologists, etc.). Documentation must be no more than 3 years old. If you are submitting a letter from a physician, it must include:
Documentation should be appropriate to the nature of your disability. A physician or other appropriate professional who specializes in the area of your physical disability must provide the documentation. Documentation for permanent disabilities (i.e. blindness) may be up to 5 years old. All other medical and long-term documentation must be no more than 3 years old. All documentation must include the following:
A licensed clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, or other professional who specializes in psychological disabilities must provide mental health disorder documentation no more than 1 year old. This documentation must include:
A licensed psychologist or neuropsychologist must provide documentation no more than 3 years old and include:
Management of Student Information
The disability services coordinator receives and retains all inquiries and requests for accommodation and the required documentation.
The assistant director of records scans requests for accommodation and the related documentation into the Excelsior College Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) database. Original documents are retained by the college for a minimum of six months.
Access to information regarding requests for accommodation is on a need to know basis consistent with the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). To preserve confidentiality, all information regarding requests for or delivery of reasonable accommodation is housed in the secure ADA database and access is restricted to staff supporting our disability services processes.