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Eligibility for Services

To be eligible for disability related services, students must have a documented disability that will be assessed case-by-case, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Under the ADA and Section 504, a disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, there is a history of such impairment, or is regarded as having such impairment. Major life activities include: walking, standing, seeing, speaking, hearing, learning, sitting, breathing, or taking care of oneself.

Disability Services is the designated office at Monmouth College to initially review and collect disability related documents, certify eligibility for services, determine reasonable accommodations, as well as develop plans for the provision of such accommodations. Disability Services may consult with the Illinois Department of Human Services’ Division of Rehabilitation Services, faculty, the Division of Student Affairs and other departments when it comes to inquiring about students and accommodation requests. Disability Services staff and students will cooperate in an attempt to reach an agreement on reasonable accommodations with other departments.

Pending receipt of documentation, registering, and certifying eligibility, Disability Services reserves the right to deny services or accommodations.

Certifying Eligibility

When appropriate, Disability Services may request disability related documents from an appropriate licensed professional to certify a student as having a disability and to determine what reasonable accommodations might be available. Students who suspect they have a disability and have not received a formal assessment may be referred to the Counseling Center or off-campus resources for an evaluation.

Documentation Guidelines

Disability Services staff and students work together via an interactive process to determine appropriate accommodations, if any, for each student on a case-by-case basis. In most cases Monmouth College finds it beneficial for a student to provide documentation that may include a diagnosis of his or her disability, defines the functional limitations he or she will experience in an academic environment, and describes appropriate academic accommodations. A diagnosis of a disorder, condition, or syndrome in and of itself does not automatically qualify an individual for accommodations. The condition must have a significant, adverse impact on the student's functioning in order to qualify for accommodations.

In order for decisions to be made regarding the appropriate accommodations for each student, in most cases documentation of the disability by a licensed and or other qualified professionals that includes information regarding resulting limitations and recommended accommodations may be requested. If documentation provided by a student is unclear, the Disability Services Director may request documentation from the student that is clearer. Student may also be referred to the Counseling Center, or outside sources. The College may also request additional information to verify the student's condition or substantiate a particular accommodation request.

Documentation provided by professionals will not become part of the student's educational record and will be kept in a separate, confidential file in the Disability Services Office. The Disability Services Office will review, and assess a student's documentation in order to consider a student's accommodations request.

Specific documentation guidelines are provided below: