Calumet College of St. Joseph seeks to provide opportunities for equal access in programs, services, and activities. Students with documented disabilities requiring academic support are encouraged to contact Disability Services. CCSJ and Academic Support Programs strive to meet the needs of all students, providing academic services in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines. The ADA states that a disability “must place substantial limitations on an individual's major life activities”. There are three categories of persons with disabilities:
Individuals who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or
more major life activities;
Individuals who have a record of a physical or mental impairment that substantially
limited one or more of the individual's major life activities; and
Individuals who are regarded as having such an impairment, whether they have the impairment or not.
It is the student’s responsibility to contact Disability Services to request reasonable accommodations. When requesting accommodations, students are to provide professional documentation of their disability. Requirements for Documentation are: IEP, medical diagnosis, psychological, and/or vocational rehabilitation services.
Documentation assists the office of Academic and Disability Services to:
Establish a student’s eligibility for services
Understand the impact of a student’s condition (s) in an academic environment
And, Determine strategies and reasonable accomodations to facilitate equal access
Commonly requested Accommodations are: extended time for completion of tests/quizzes, alternate location or distraction-reduced environment for test completion, extra time to complete assignments, and assistive technology.
Examples of Documented Disabilities are: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Communication Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Psychological Disorders, Blindness or Visual Impairments, Deafness or Hearing Impairments, Chronic Medical Conditions, Neurological Impairments, Orthopedic Impairments, or Traumatic Injuries.
Students with disabilities are required to meet the same academic standards as other students. Students with disabilities are not allowed to use their disability as an excuse to complete substandard work.
Contact Information Disability Services
Angela Szczepanik-Sanchez, M.Ed., M.S.
Coordinator of Academic and Disability Services
Monday - Friday: 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Telephone: (219) 473-4349 (Indiana)
(773) 721-0202, Ext. 349 (Illinois)
1-877-700-9100 (Toll Free)
FAX: (219) 473-4277