800 University WaySpartanburg, SC 293031-864-503-5000
“USC Upstate supports the ongoing development of an accessible university that embraces diversity through educational programming, services, resources and facilities that are usable by all members of the campus community. In keeping with University policy, any student with a disability who requests academic accommodations should contact Disability Services at 503-5199 to arrange an appointment with a Disability Services staff member. Students are encouraged to seek an appointment as early in the semester as possible, as accommodations are not provided retroactively.”
Explain to the student that:
The accommodation letter you receive from the student requesting the note-taker will include a letter to you about recruiting a volunteer note-taker and a letter for you to give to the student who volunteers as a note-taker. Make an announcement at the beginning of each class period until a student volunteers as a note-taker. Typically, it is not difficult to recruit a volunteer, as students generally come forward fairly quickly.
If you do not get a fairly immediate response, you may want to consider asking individual students if you are familiar with any of the students in the class or are aware of a student(s) who appears to be taking good notes. If you teach multiple sections of the same course, you may want to ask for volunteers in those sections as well. If you are not successful in locating a volunteer note-taker within two weeks, please contact Disability Services at 503-5123.
If a student is not attending class on a regular basis, contact Disability Services at 503-5123 as soon as possible. Students receiving note-taking services sign a Procedures for Receiving Note-Taking Services Agreement that specifies that they must attend class on a regular basis in order to receive this service, unless they have an excusable absence. Once notified, DS will contact the student and remind him/her of the agreement he/she signed and verify a continued need for the service. The student will be informed that note-taking services could be suspended or notes withheld from class periods they do not attend.
Even though you may offer a student the opportunity for extended time after class in your classroom or in another location or the opportunity for low distraction testing in another location, a student may choose to take a test in the DS Testing Center. The student is responsible for initiating the request on the Request for Alternative Test Administration form and securing his/her instructor’s signature. Once the student turns in the completed request form to DS, our office will pick up the test as indicated on the request form and will have it ready for the student at the time of the test. A DS professional will proctor the test. The Testing Center has one-way viewing windows for monitoring purposes. We will also periodically walk through the Testing Center. Our office will return the completed test to you as indicated on the request form.
The allowance for additional absences is not an allowance for unlimited absences. The purpose of this accommodation is to afford the student with a disability the opportunity to negotiate with you, if appropriate, an acceptable amount of additional disability-related absences in the context of your attendance policy. If you feel the student is abusing this accommodation, please contact Disability Services. If the student exceeds the number of negotiated additional absences, please refer the student to Disability Services to discuss withdrawal options.
The student, even if the behavior is a “manifestation” of his/her disability, should be held to the same standards of conduct as all other students.
Current policy allows for consideration of requests for course substitutions in foreign language and mathematics courses that are general education requirements. A Course Substitution Review Committee has been established to review a student’s petition, his/her documentation and academic record and to make a formal recommendation to the student’s division chair or dean.
Students who are interested in a possible assessment for a learning disability or attention disorder can meet with a counselor in Counseling Services for a screening. If the screening results indicate an assessment, the student may opt to have this completed in Counseling Services for a nominal fee. Disability Services can provide a list of area psychologists who conduct psychoeducational assessments in case the student wishes to have an assessment completed off-campus. The results of an assessment will assist our office in the determination of reasonable accommodations.
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Contact UsWendy Woodsby, M.Ed.DirectorPhone: (864) 503-5199Scott Smith
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Spartanburg, SC 29303
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