Frequently Asked Questions

What types of "qualified professionals" can provide the required documentation?

Disability documentation can be completed by a qualified treating or diagnosing professional (psychologist, psychiatrist, therapist, licensed certified social worker, medical doctor, optometrists, neurologist, school psychologist, etc.) who is not a family member of the student.  

Does the College perform assessments?

No. The College doesn't offer assessment or testing services, and we're not required to pay for assessments performed elsewhere. 

What reasonable academic accommodations are available for students?

Reasonable academic accommodations are individual and based on the nature of the disability and the academic environment. Reasonable accommodations in a post-secondary environment may differ from those available to the student in high school. Depending on the nature of the disability and the accommodations requested, the amount of advance notice provided may impact the college's ability to provide accommodations. 

Will my professors be told the nature of my disability?

No, this information is confidential and will not be disclosed to any faculty or staff. Your professors will only be notified of the accommodations to be used in their classroom when you present the accommodation forms. 

Since I received a foreign language waiver in high school, will I qualify for a waiver at Emmanuel?

Second language is a requirement for all students at Emmanuel College. Students are offered the opportunity to take a foreign language or American Sign Language to fulfill their second language requirement. Students are expected to attempt the courses with appropriate accommodations. The college only provides waivers or substitutions for this requirement under special circumstances. Please speak with the Associate Director of Disability Support Services to discuss individual circumstances.

What role do my parents play in the process?

College students are regarded as adults therefore the students are responsible for their own accommodation requests and other disability-related decisions. However, students may want to have an open dialogue with their parents for a source of support. 

Is tutoring provided specifically for students with disabilities?

There are several tutoring resources available to all Emmanuel College students; all are free of charge. The Academic Resource Center has professional tutors available for learning, time management, math and writing. Students can also sign up for a peer tutor in most of the core courses.

Will it prejudice my case, or help my case, to inform Admissions that I have a disability?

The Admission's staff will evaluate your application the same way it evaluates all applications. The staff wants to admit students who will be successful at Emmanuel College. They will evaluate your chances of success on the basis of information about your high school academic performance, SAT's, essay and school activities. For additional information about the college's admission procedures, please contact the Admission Office. Documentation of your disability should be sent separately to the Assistant Director of Disability Support Services.

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