Princeton Seminary welcomes those with disabilities and strives to provide an environment in which all students have equal access to educational opportunities and the campus community. The Seminary accords students with documented disabilities appropriate and reasonable academic accommodations. Students who seek some academic modification or accommodation for their documented disability should contact the Coordinator of Academic Support. Accommodations or academic adjustments are determined through an interactive process that includes an intake interview. The Seminary will collaborate with the student to determine an accommodation that is supported by the documentation, effective for the student, and does not compromise the essential requirements of the program.
Required documentation of a disability and need for a modification or accommodation will come from a medical professional, and will include:
Any expense a student incurs for testing and diagnosis of a disability is borne by the student. The Seminary reserves the right to conduct its own independent evaluation if it so chooses.
Please refer to the following specific pages for more detailed information on required documentation:
Princeton Seminary is committed to providing students with disabilities equal access to the exceptional education opportunities available. After reviewing clinical documentation, the Coordinator of Academic Support, in concert with the student, will determine reasonable accommodations for eligible students.
The Office of Academic Support has the responsibility to:
The Office of Academic Support has the right to:
Students with disabilities attending the Seminary are entitled to the same rights, privileges, and opportunities as all students at this institution. Individuals with disabilities are protected by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended, as well as the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. Students entering the post-secondary setting should be aware that they are now responsible for identification, advocacy, planning, decision making, transitioning, and accommodation implementation. Therefore, it is important for students to understand both their rights and responsibilities relating to their disability in the academic setting.
Students who are self-identifying with the intent of requesting accommodations have a responsibility to:
Student Rights include:
The Office of Academic Support uses an interactive process of consulting with the student to evaluate each individual’s situation and documentation, and determine the appropriate, reasonable accommodations. In many cases, an outside consultant may be engaged to review the student’s documentation as well. The office communicates with the student about its decisions. A student who believes that the office did not follow its procedures in the determination or consider relevant information in the determination may request a reconsideration of the decision.
The Process for Resolving Issues with the Office of Academic Support, regarding Disability Services, is as follows:
Request for Reconsideration: The student should request a meeting with the Coordinator of Academic Support to present additional information and/or documentation and to discuss the nature of the issue or complaint. This meeting should be requested within 30 days of the determination at issue. For concerns relating to denial of accommodations, the Coordinator will engage an outside consultant to review the documentation and provide recommendations to the Office. The Coordinator may contact faculty, administrators or professionals that can provide information pertinent to the case. If confidential information is to be released to or received by a third party not affiliated with the University, the student will be asked to sign a release of information form. Following the review of the request for reconsideration, the Coordinator will notify the student of its decision within 30 days.
Review by Associate Dean for Academic Administration: In situations other than concerns involving discrimination, the student is required to first seek reconsideration by the Coordinator of Academic Support. If the issue is not resolved through reconsideration, the student may request a review of the process by the Associate Dean for Academic Administration within 30 days of receiving the decision on reconsideration. The student should submit a detailed written account of the issue and sign and date the document. The Associate Dean will make an inquiry into the complaint and may contact faculty, administrators or professionals that can provide information pertinent to the case. Every effort will be made to resolve the grievance within 30 days or as expeditiously as possible. The student will be contacted in writing with a final decision on the complaint.
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