Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities
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Alverno's commitment to an inclusive and equitable campus community includes students with disabilities. The Student Accessibility Office, housed within Instructional Services, is the centralized campus resource designated to determine reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities to ensure access to their education in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the ADA Amendments Act.
Applicants must self-identify a disability and make request for accommodation. Early connection with the Student Accessibility Office in the application process is encouraged (as much as eight weeks in advance).
Every effort will be made to respond to requests from both applicants and current students at any time; however, accommodations can take time and coordination to provide, and there is no guarantee they can be provided with late notice.
Provisional accommodations may be available while the college engages in an interactive process to determine whether ongoing accommodation is appropriate and, if so, which reasonable accommodations are needed. Temporary accommodations do not reflect a determination that ongoing accommodation will be granted and/or which reasonable accommodation are appropriate, and they do not create an obligation on the part of Alverno to continue accommodation.
Any student requiring physical access or facility accommodation should contact the Accessibility Coordinator as soon as possible to make a request. Some possible examples include accessible classrooms, elevator access, adjustable chairs, etc.
The following is a non-exhaustive list of possible accommodations approved by Student Accessibility. A custom accommodation plan is developed for each eligible student.
- Alternative formats (document conversion, large print, audio)
- Alternative testing (extended time, private room)
- Note taking support
- Preferential seating
- Classroom access
- Laboratory assistance
- Residence hall accommodations (single room, emotional support animal)
How to Request Disability-Related Accommodations
Complete and submit the Student Accessibility Information Form.
Click link: Student Accessibility Information Form
The form can be submitted to the Coordinator by
- Email: StudentAccessibility@alverno.edu
- Fax: 414-382-6354
- Mail: Tasia Hicks
Student Accessibility Coordinator
PO Box 343922
3400 S. 43rd Street
Milwaukee, WI 53234
Once the form is submitted, it will take at least five business days for the Coordinator to respond.
Provide appropriate documentation to the Student Accessibility Coordinator in a similar manner as the information form.
All information and documentation submitted to the office is kept separate from academic records and is considered private under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). HIPAA privacy and confidentiality guides do not apply to documents submitted to Student Accessibility, as they are not being used for medical treatment. Under FERPA guidelines, the office cannot guarantee complete confidentiality as they may be times when sharing some information with other Alverno staff/faculty with an educational need to know is necessary in the facilitation of the accommodation process.
Documentation Guidelines and Forms
Schedule a meeting with the Student Accessibility Coordinator
Prior to the meeting
- Review information about access verses success
At the meeting
Discuss and confirm appropriate and reasonable accommodations related to you documented disability.
√ Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis through an interactive process between Alverno and the student.
√ Alverno may provide an alternative reasonable accommodation rather than the specific accommodation requested by the student. Not all accommodation requests will be granted and Alverno will not have to fundamentally alter its programs in order to accommodate a student.
- Review next steps with the Coordinator in working with instructors to receive accommodations in each course or elsewhere on campus.
- Agree to the plan discussed with the Coordinator by signing the Coordinator’s Summary of Accommodations Agreement form.
Share memo with instructors as soon as possible after receiving it.
- Accommodations that are approved by the Student Accessibility Coordinator are not effective retroactively (meaning students will not be able to re-do assignments or re-take assessments with accommodations that they originally took before they asked for and received accommodations from an instructor).
- A new accommodations request memo will be generated for the students and shared at the start of each semester they are enrolled.
Set up a meeting to discuss accommodations with the instructor.
Use the following support documents to play your conversation.
- Alert the Student Accessibility Coordinator as soon as possible if accommodations are not provided or do not meet your needs.
Emotional Support Animals
Alverno College permits the presence of an emotional support animal (ESA) in the residence hall room of qualified students with disabilities.
- Submit documentation to the Student Accessibility Coordinator in support of your request. Click here to access the Provider Certification form: Provider Certification Form
- In an email, share with the Accessibility Coordinator the type of animal, along with breed and size, if applicable, and how you plan to care for the animal within your room.
- Once your documentation has been reviewed and accepted, meet with the Director of Residence Life, to discuss and sign the ESA Agreement Form, pending approval of the specific animal you plan to bring on to campus. Click here to review the ESA Agreement Form: ESA Agreement Form
- The Alverno Emotional Support Animal Policy can be viewed in full by clicking this link: Emotional Support Animal Policy
Information about Alverno’s policy on service animals can be viewed by clicking here: https://catalog.alverno.edu/collegepolicies/studentnon-academicpolicies/esa-animals/
If you are a student registered for a science lab,and wish to bring your animal into lab, it may be necessary to make arrangements to keep your animal as well as others in lab safe. Click here to view the Alverno Service Animals In Laboratory Settings Guidelines: Alverno Service Animals In Laboratory Settings Guidelines
While it is not required, the Accessibility Coordinator is available to help you communicate with members of the Alverno Community about your service animal. Click here for information to share with others about your animal: Service animal information and etiquette.
Non-Academic Access to Alverno Campus
If you are a resident student and want to request accommodations for a meal plan, please visit dining services page. Click Dietary Accommodations Form to access the Verification Form that is required in order to receive accommodations.
Accessible parking is available on campus. For information, click this parking page
Pregnancy and Parenting
Under Title IX, students have the right to continue your education activities regardless of pregnancy, childbirth, or pregnancy termination-related conditions. This includes school sponsored internships, clinics, lab work, athletics and extracurricular activities. Harassment or intimidation because of a pregnancy-related condition is sex discrimination in violation of Title IX and is illegal. Alverno’s Title IX Policy can be reviewed by clicking this link: College Policies: Student Non-Academic Poliicies; Pregnant- Parenting
Students wanting to request accommodations related to their pregnancy should contact the Student Accessibility Coordinator who will engage in an interactive discussion with the student, instructor, and other need-to-know personnel regarding requests. Once decisions are made, notification to student and instructors will be made in writing.
Alverno College is committed to supporting the academic success of all students, but recognizes that certain life events may inhibit this process. Students who experience temporary impairments such as broken bones, temporary illnesses, and/or are recovering from surgery or medical conditions may not be substantially limited enough to be considered as having a disability, however, Student Accessibility may be able to provide some assistance and referrals in these situations. The Coordinator is available to discuss student need and offer suggestions. In some cases, documentation may be necessary to provide in order to receive certain services.