ArtCenter complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and state and local requirements regarding students and applicants with disabilities. Under these laws, no otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall be denied access to or participation in the services, programs and activities of the College.
Students who require disability-related accommodations (academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids) are encouraged to contact the CSE immediately upon acceptance, after being diagnosed with a disability, and each semester that they are enrolled. For questions and required forms, please visit CSE on Inside ArtCenter, contact the Student Disability Services Coordinator or email CSE@artcenter.edu.
ArtCenter College of Design complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and state and local requirements regarding students and applicants with disabilities. Under these laws, no otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall be denied access to or participation in the services, programs and activities of the College.
It is the policy of the College that otherwise qualified students who have disabilities shall be given reasonable accommodation, including academic adjustment and auxiliary aids where appropriate, to ensure access to the College’s overall educational program. Individual students shall receive reasonable and necessary accommodation, including adjustment and aids, based on specific information and assessment data provided by a qualified professional. Students with disabilities should not wait until they are struggling with course work or facing academic probation before notifying ArtCenter of their disability and seeking special accommodations. The Student Disability Services Coordinator should be notified of disabilities and requests for accommodations by the student as soon as he or she is admitted, or as soon as the student’s need for accommodations becomes known to the student.
A person with a disability is any person who:
An otherwise qualified person with a disability is an individual with a disability who meets the academic and technical standards requisite to admission and participation in the College’s educational program and activities.
The College does not discriminate or give preference based on disability. Information provided by an applicant during the admissions process concerning his or her disability shall be provided on a voluntary basis and shall be kept in accordance with state and federal laws regarding confidentiality.
Applicants who wish to have their disability considered as a factor in the admissions process must identify the disability and provide an explanation of why it is relevant at the time of application. If the applicant wishes the disability to be considered, it may be necessary for the applicant to provide appropriate documentation of the disability. It is the responsibility of applicants to inform those who write letters of reference on their behalf if they want the letters of reference to mention their disability.
It is not the College’s practice to reconsider applications that have been rejected, unless there was information that was not available at the time of the application through no fault of the applicant. For that reason, applicants are advised to make the disability known at the time of application if they wish to have the disability taken into account in the application process. In some cases, it may be necessary for the applicant to provide documentation verifying the disability.
Information regarding a disability that is disclosed as part of the admissions process will be used by the College for admissions purposes only. Notification to the Admissions office does not constitute notification to the College for the purpose of requesting accommodations. Information regarding a disability and letters of reference are retained in the Admissions office for one year.
Applicants who do not need accommodations during the application process, but who anticipate the need for accommodations during their education, do not need to submit a request for accommodations until after admission to ArtCenter. At such time that the student is admitted, he or she should contact the Student Disability Services Coordinator to begin the accommodation process. Students are encouraged to meet with the Coordinator during the term prior to enrollment.
Students with disabilities requiring accommodations must make those needs known to the Student Disability Services Coordinator at the beginning of the start of each new term. Students are responsible for making their needs known in a timely fashion and for providing current documentation for the review process.
In appropriate cases, evaluations may also need to be provided. It is in the student’s best interest to make these arrangements with as much lead time as possible, as this will ensure that any accommodations determined necessary can be arranged prior to the beginning of the term. Please contact the Student Disability Services Coordinator for forms and deadline information.
Students not requiring accommodations do not need to make their disabilities known. The information on a student’s disability and accommodations is treated as confidential information under applicable federal and state laws and is only provided to individuals who are privileged to receive such information on a need-to-know basis. Faculty members informed of a disability only receive information regarding accommodation at the student’s request and are advised that this information is confidential.
In cases where only minor accommodations are required (such as requesting to sit in the front row because of a visual or hearing impairment), the student should feel free to simply make a request to the faculty member. If requests for minor accommodations are not responded to adequately, the student should make the request to the Student Disability Services Coordinator.
The College will provide reasonable accommodations, including academic adjustments and auxiliary aids, in a timely manner to ensure that students with disabilities have access to the College’s services, programs and activities. Accommodations will not be provided if they fundamentally alter the nature of the course or program, or if they would be unduly burdensome either financially or administratively. In general, the Student Disability Services Coordinator will request professional documentation, verify the disability, identify reasonable accommodations and inform a student’s faculty members of the reasonable accommodations required. The faculty member will review the accommodations recommended and, if needed, verify understanding and agreement with the Student Disability Services Coordinator or student. Students requesting accommodations should identify their needs as early as possible to the Student Disability Services Coordinator, as this will ensure that any needed accommodations can be arranged prior to the start of the term.
While attending the College, students are not required to disclose information about the nature of their disability to faculty members. In fact, this information is kept confidential unless the student elects to share the specifics of their disability on their own or the student signs an authorization for a release of information, requesting information sharing with another person or organization.
A student with a physical or psychological disability must provide professional verification documentation certified by a licensed physician, psychologist, audiologist, speech pathologist, rehabilitation counselor, physical therapist, occupational therapist or other professional health care provider who is qualified in the diagnosis of the disability, is not related to the student and is not an employee of the College. The verification documentation must reflect the student’s present level of functioning of the major life activity affected by the disability. The assessment must provide data that supports the request for the particular adjustment sought.
The student shall provide the verification documentation to the Student Disability Services Coordinator. The cost of obtaining the professional documentation shall be borne by the student. If the initial verification is incomplete or inadequate to determine the present extent of the disability and appropriate accommodations, ArtCenter shall have the discretion to require supplemental assessment of a physical or psychological disability. The cost of and responsibility for the supplemental assessment shall be borne by the student.
A student with a learning disability must provide professional testing and evaluation results that reflect the individual’s present level of processing information and present achievement level. The cost of and responsibility for obtaining the professional verification shall be borne by the student.
Documentation verifying the learning disability must:
The assessment must provide data that supports the request for the particular academic adjustment sought. In the event that a student requests an academic adjustment or accommodation that is not supported by the data in the assessment, or if the initial verification is incomplete or inadequate to determine the extent of the disability, then it is incumbent on the student to obtain supplemental testing or assessment at his or her expense.
If the College requires an additional assessment for purposes of obtaining a second professional opinion, as opposed to a supplemental assessment, then the College shall bear any cost not covered by any third- party payer.
Students seeking accommodations based on a temporary disability must provide documentation verifying the nature of the condition, stating the expected duration of the condition and describing the accommodations deemed necessary. Such verification must be provided by a professional health care provider who is qualified in the diagnosis of such conditions, is not related to the student and is not an employee of the College. The assessment of documentation of the disability must reflect the student’s current level of disability and shall be no older than 60 days. The cost of obtaining the professional verification documentation shall be borne by the student.
If the initial documentation is incomplete or inadequate to determine the extent of the disability and appropriate accommodations, ArtCenter shall have the discretion to require supplemental assessment of the temporary disability. The cost of the supplemental assessment shall be borne by the student.
Academically dismissed students sometimes raise disability as the basis for the academic difficulty. The burden is on the student to clarify why the disability was not brought to the attention of the administration if it was not previously, to explain why accommodations were not requested, or to explain why provided accommodations were not adequate. Please note that regardless of whether or not a student requests accommodations, he or she is required to meet all academic standards and maintain satisfactory academic progress.
Students with documented disabilities may request waivers or substitutions of course requirements that they believe to be an insurmountable barrier due to their disability. Documentation must be provided to the Student Disability Services Coordinator and will be reviewed to determine qualification. Students requesting course waivers/substitutions will need to demonstrate that even with well- tailored accommodations (e.g., extended time, calculator use and assignment adjustments), successful completion of the course’s requirements would not be possible.
If the student is asking for a course waiver/substitution of a Humanities and Design Sciences requirement, the Student Disability Services Coordinator will act as facilitator and work with the Chair of Humanities and Design Sciences or designee, who will determine whether the course waiver/ substitution would fundamentally alter the nature of ArtCenter’s course requirements. If the course in question is deemed fundamental to the degree, the request will be denied. If the course is deemed not fundamental to the degree, the request will be granted. Where a substitution is granted, the aforementioned Chair will choose which course(s) would be an adequate substitute.
If the student is asking for a course waiver/substitution of a major requirement, the Student Disability Services Coordinator will act as facilitator working with the Department Chair or designee, who will review the student’s request. If the course in question is deemed fundamental to the student’s major, the request will be denied. If the course is deemed nonessential, the request will be granted. Where a substitution is granted, the Department Chair will choose which course(s) would be an adequate substitute.
Students who request disability-related accommodations from faculty or staff members—after having been granted such accommodations by the Student Disabilities Services Coordinator—and who believe that such accommodations have been impermissibly denied, or who believe that they have been discriminated against on the basis of their disability, should bring this matter to the attention of the Student Disability Services Coordinator. If the Student Disability Services Coordinator is unable to resolve the matter informally, or the student is dissatisfied with the resolution, the student may pursue a grievance through the College’s grievance procedures process. Please refer to the Student Grievance Policy for additional information.
For additional support, the student may contact the College’s Americans with Disabilities Act compliance officer in the Human Resources department at 626.396-2270.
The student may also contact the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, San Francisco, California, at 415 556-4275 to file a disability grievance at any time in the process.
Provide a copy of your documentation to the Student Disability Services Coordinator. For new students, documentation should be received as soon as possible after the student receives his or her acceptance to the College, or as soon as he or she is diagnosed with a disability. The process for arranging and receiving accommodations can be lengthy; the sooner the student contacts the Student Disability Services Coordinator, the more likely it is that accommodations can be arranged prior to the start of the term.
To schedule an appointment with the Student Disability Services Coordinator, please call the Center for the Student Experience at 626 396-2323.
If the student has already registered for classes, he or she should bring the class list to this meeting.
In order to fully evaluate requests for accommodations or auxiliary aids, ArtCenter will need documentation of the disability consisting of an evaluation by an appropriate professional and describing the current impact of the disability as it relates to the accommodation request. All contact information and documentation received is kept in separate confidential files by the Student Disability Services Coordinator. Documentation is used to evaluate requests for accommodation or auxiliary aids. The evaluation process includes a review of the documentation itself and the context of documentation on the fundamental goals and essential standards of the program, course, service or benefit in question.
The evaluation process will generate a list of potentially reasonable accommodations that will be reviewed based on potential effectiveness, preferences of the requester, maximum level of integration and the potential for an undue financial or administrative burden.
The guidelines below were developed to assist students in working with their treating health care professional(s) to prepare the information needed to evaluate the request for accommodations:
Beyond the six elements expected to be included in documentation, recommendations for accommodations, adaptive devices, assistive services, compensatory strategies and/or collateral support services will be considered.
Based on the context of the diagnostic evaluation, recommendations for specific accommodations, adaptive devices and/or assistive services that may ameliorate the functional impact of the disability and provide fuller access should be described. As appropriate, recommendations for collateral medical, psychological and/or educational support services or training that would be beneficial may also be included.
Recommendations from professionals with a history of working with the individual provide valuable information for the review process. They will be included in the evaluation of requests for accommodation and/or auxiliary aids. Where such recommendations are congruent with the programs, services and benefits offered by the College, they will be given deference. When recommendations go beyond services and benefits that can be provided by ArtCenter, they may be used to suggest potential referrals to area service providers beyond the College.
Any student with a professionally verified disability that manifests in an educational limitation meets eligibility guidelines.
In addition to meeting with the Student Disability Services Coordinator, international students requesting accommodations must meet with the International Student Advisor to discuss immigration issues and to have any medically authorized reduction in course load documented on the student’s SEVIS I-20.
ArtCenter complies with all state and federal laws regarding access for persons with disabilities. Ramps and elevators are provided throughout campus. Any student with a disability who encounters difficulty accessing any facility on campus should notify the Student Disability Services Coordinator at 626.396.2323. The Student Disability Services Coordinator and the Director of Facilities will work together to ensure that no student is denied access to any ArtCenter facility due to a disability.
It is ArtCenterʼs philosophy that otherwise qualified students who have disabilities shall be given reasonable accommodation, including academic adjustment and auxiliary aids where appropriate, to ensure access to ArtCenterʼs educational programs.
There are two definitions that are used by ArtCenter.
Examples of major life activities include caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working. Other examples of major life activities include sitting, standing, lifting, and mental and emotional processes such as thinking, concentrating, and interacting with others.
An impairment is a physiological disorder affecting one or more of a number of body systems or a mental or psychological disorder. The following conditions are not impairments: 1) environmental, cultural, and economic disadvantages, 2) homosexuality and bisexuality, 3) pregnancy, 4) physical characteristics, 5) common personality traits, and 6) normal deviations in height, weight, or strength.
An impairment is substantially limiting if it prohibits or significantly restricts an individualʼs ability to perform a major life activity as compared to the ability of the average person in the general population to perform the same activity.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Rehabilitation Act of 1974 are federal civil rights anti- discrimination laws that protect people with disabilities. They give federal civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities. They guarantee equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in state and local government services, public instructions that received federal aid (including student financial aid), public accommodations, employment, transportation, and telecommunications.
Schedule an appointment with the Student Disability Services Coordinator by calling 626 396.2323 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The Student Disability Services Coordinator will provide needed forms and information about deadlines and documentation during this appointment. Please see the Disability Policy section of the Student Handbook for information on required documentation criterion.
If you have a disability and donʼt require accommodations, then you do not need to schedule an appointment with the Student Disability Services Coordinator or disclose your disability status.
You should contact the Student Disability Services Coordinator as soon as possible after being admitted to ArtCenter or after being diagnosed with a disability. It is in the best interest of the student to make arrangements with as much lead time as possible, as this will ensure that any accommodations determined can be arranged prior to the beginning of the term or before too much of the term elapses without needed accommodations for academic success.
Yes. You are required to disclose your disability status and provide professionally verified documen- tation to the Student Disability Services Coordinator to receive accommodations. Please see the Disability Policy section of the Student Handbook for information on required documentation, and documentation criterion.
Yes, there are limitations. Reasonable disability-related accommodations will be provided, given the accommodations requested do not fundamentally alter the nature of the course or program, and the accommodations are not unduly burdensome, either financially or administratively.
The cost of obtaining the professionally verified documentation and any supplemental assessment documentation shall be borne by the student. All reasonable accommodation granted by the Student Disability Services Coordinator and associated costs will be borne by ArtCenter.
Each student and their disability are handled on a case-by-case basis and may not have the same outcome, even if similar disabilities are present. With that said, there are no typical accommodations. Some commonly requested accommodations are: 1) assistance with class locations, physical access assistance, electronic scanner access, extended time on assignments and exams, and note takers. Requested accommodations must be indicated in professionally verified documentation.
Students will be given a copy of the policy during their initial appointment with the Student Disability Services Coordinator.
Student disability status, medical histories, files and documentation are kept confidential, and are only shared with others on a need-to-know basis, and require the student to sign a “release of information” form prior to information sharing. This includes letters provided to faculty members requesting accommodations, which do not disclose the specifics of the studentʼs disability, but rather that the student is covered by law and what accommodations have been granted.
Contact the Student Disability Services Coordinator for information on resolutions and the grievance procedures. If requested accommodations are not being provided, the Student Disability Services Coordinator will work with that faculty or staff member to make sure that the granted accommodations are provided.
Aside from your required meetings with the International Advisor, you will want to meet with the Student Disability Services Coordinator to discuss needed accommodations. Professionally verified documentation from international students needs to be translated into English prior to being given to the Student Disability Services Coordinator, and needs to meet all the same requirements of documentation required of American students. International students should note that not all accommodations received aboard may be granted.
Contact the Student Disability Services Coordinator with the problem, and s/he will work with the Facilities Department, Director of Environmental Safety and come to a resolution regarding the access issue.
Contact the Student Disability Services Coordinator for information on required documentation regarding temporary disabilities. You will need to schedule an appointment with the Student Disability Services Coordinator to discuss your documentation and possible accommodations that can be made. Disabilities are considered temporary if they are no longer than 60 days in duration.