THE EVAN BOLEJACK LEARNING CENTER & DISABILITY SERVICES OFFICE
Director of Student Services – Ray Horton
Office Hours: Monday – Thursday 11am – 9pm, Friday 10am – 4pm, other times are available by appointment.
The Learning Center is located in the lower level of the Worship Building by the elevator.
The Academic Support Offices provides students with engagement and support opportunities that promote academic growth and persistence to graduation. Our challenge is to serve our student body by delivering assistance that enables students to overcome barriers to their long-term academic goals.
The following programs are available to meet the needs of students:
Academic Coaching – Students who are experiencing academic difficulties may meet with a Learning Coach on a weekly basis. At this meeting, the Learning Coach will work with the student to identify problem areas, develop a plan of action, and develop skills that are necessary for college success.
Academic Tutoring – Students needing tutoring within a specific academic content area can receive assistance from the Learning Center. The Learning Center offers short-term or weekly individual tutoring sessions.
Students with disabilities who require assistance should contact the Director of Student Services (513-244-8420).
Notification of Disabilities: It is the responsibility of the student to notify the school of his or her disability and to follow the process for requesting appropriate auxiliary services and academic adjustments.
- Students entering CCU should submit a written request for disability services to the Director of Student Services after admission into Cincinnati Christian University. A current student who discovers the need for accommodations may submit a request at any point during his or her academic career.
- Along with the written request for services, the student must provide documentation of the disability. This documentation must be prepared by a medical doctor, psychologist, or other qualified diagnostician as appropriate.
- Complete documentation should include a diagnosis of the current disability, the date of this diagnosis, how the diagnosis was reached, the credentials of the diagnosing professional, how this diagnosis affects a major life activity, and how the disability affects the student’s academic performance.
- If available, the student should submit other documentation such as an Individualized Educational Program (IEP) or a section 504 plan from high school. CCU prefers these plans to be dated within three years of submission.
- Upon receipt of requests for assistance, the Director of Student Services may procure recommendations from a professional counselor or occupational therapist as appropriate.
- In all cases, the age of the student, thoroughness of the documentation, and adjustments being requested will assist in determining whether the evidence submitted is sufficient for eligibility. If more documentation is required, the student will be informed.
- Based on the documentation and evaluation, the Director of Student Services will provide the student written notification for faculty members each semester of specific auxiliary aids and/or academic adjustments that are to be granted.
- When a student’s documentation is lacking, insufficient or is considered outdated, it may be necessary to secure a new evaluation. The need for such an evaluation will be established by the college professional reviewing the request. In such cases, the student will be referred to a local physician or psychologist for evaluation. It shall be the student’s responsibility to secure the needed evaluation by sufficiently trained physicians or psychologists in order to receive disability services. Without the completion of this step, the college will assume no responsibility for providing requested academic adjustments.
- Students will be notified of their status (eligible, ineligible, deferred) after the college professionals have reviewed the documentation. If the student is ineligible or deferred, the notification letter will explain what is missing.
- If a student is determined eligible, then it is the student’s responsibility to make an appointment with the Director of Student Services to discuss reasonable adjustments and accommodations. It is also the student’s responsibility to keep the director informed of accommodations needed throughout the semester (i.e. test-taking accommodations, technology assistance, etc.) so that arrangements can be made with the appropriate professors in a timely fashion.
- In cases where either faculty members or students believe that the recommended auxiliary aids have been established in error, or where extenuating circumstances are present that are not adequately addressed in the documentation, an appeal may be made in writing to the Director of Student Services or to the Student Life Office.
- Students who have been granted adjustments and believe they are not receiving them should appeal in writing to Director of Student Services or to the Student Life Office.
- Students can expect to receive notification of the result of their appeal within 14 calendar days of the submission of their letter.