The office of Student Access Services provides services to meet the individual needs of students in accord with their disability and its academic implications. Based on the student's documentation of disability, SAS works with the student and collaborates with faculty to ensure the provision of reasonable and appropriate accommodations and academic adjustments.
Some of the academic accommodations that the University provides to students with disabilities may include but are not limited to:
- Accessible classroom/location/furniture
- Adaptive equipment/Assistive Technology
- Alternative testing
- Alternative text formats
- Course substitutions
- Note taking assistance
- Priority registration
- Reader/Scribe services
- Sign language interpreters/captionists
- Textbooks in alternative format
- Assistance or Service Animals
Adaptive Equipment/Assistive Technology
The University has a variety of adaptive equipment designed to remove educational barriers for students with disabilities. This includes but is not limited to:
- Zoom Text
- Text-to-Speech reader
- Dragon Naturally Speaking
- Live Scribe Smart Pens
- FM system
The most common test accommodations include extended time, testing in a distraction-reduced environment, tests in alternative formats, interpreted tests, and the use of adaptive equipment. The need for alternative testing is indicated on the Notification to Instructors form.
Students are responsible for arranging testing accommodations with their professor and/or Student Access Services. Students need to schedule exams with the SAS and the instructor at least three days prior to the testing date to arrange for accommodations.
Only qualified students with disabilities may request note takers through Student Access Services. Students should speak with their SAS advisor to determine eligibility for note taker services. Even if students are provided with a note taker, they are expected to take some notes to assist them in focusing their attention during the class.
Students using note taker services will agree to the following:
- To attend class as scheduled
- To arrange a method of communication with the note taker
- To let SAS know if notes are inadequate
Students using note takers should also understand that the note taker is responsible for note taking in class only. The note taker is not to assist with out-of-class assignments, homework or alternative testing arrangements.
Students with disabilities may park in the Disabled Person Parking Only spaces if the vehicle bears a valid State of Illinois Disabled Person Parking Placard or license plate.
Priority registration is available to students registered with Student Access Services who qualify for this accommodation. Generally, priority registration occurs the week before advanced registration. Students are notified of priority registration dates through their Webster account.
Qualified students with appropriate documentation who Student Access Services has determined to be eligible for this service must make arrangements for reader/scribe services four weeks prior to the first day of class. Readers may be allowed to read class assignments or test materials. Scribes are responsible for writing down information as dictated by the student. Readers/scribes cannot do any of the following: explain, re-word, assist with choosing answers on a test, tutor or teach any class materials, do personal tasks or errands or serve as a go-between for the student and the instructor.
Given the length of time necessary to make arrangements for alternative text, students should request this service at least two weeks prior to the start of the semester.
To receive course materials in an alternative format from Student Access Services students must:
- Be registered with SAS and be approved to have alternative text as a reasonable accommodation
- Be enrolled in the course for which alternative text is being requested
- Purchase class materials and provide proof of purchase
An assistance animal is defined as any animal with a primary role of providing emotional comfort to a person with a disability. These animals are not required to undergo specialized training. Assistance animals are not the same as service animals in that they are not individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. A request to have an assistance animal in campus housing is considered a request for accommodation and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Bradley University does not allow students to have pets in the residence halls. However, Bradley recognizes that the reasonable accommodation of an assistance animal is sometimes necessary to afford a student with a disability an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling or to participate in the housing service or program. Assistance animals do not qualify as service animals under the ADA, and as a result, are not entitled to the same protections or right of access as a service animal. However, under FHA, Assistance Animals are considered a reasonable accommodation and students with disabilities can request this accommodation by providing the necessary documentation to Student Access Services. As with any accommodation request, the request for an assistance animal is determined on a case-by-case basis.
Providing the necessary documentation:
- When a disability is not obvious, Student Access Services must request "reliable disability-related information" establishing need for reasonable accommodation which:
- Is necessary to verify the person meets the definition of disability (may be required of a physician or licensed professional)
- Describes the needed accommodations in order to enjoy and use the dwelling equally
- Shows the relationship or connection between the person's disability and the need for the requested accommodations
- The documentation needs to address the "animal" specifically; meaning, documentation should specifically talk about the animal and when the animal began functioning as an emotional support animal.
- When the doctor last saw the patient for the disability for which the animal is providing emotional support.
- How has this animal historically been necessary to deal with the student's diagnosis?
- How will this animal allow the student to fully participate in our services, programs and activities in housing?
Bradley University has the right to request additional clarification or documentation of disability.
A service animal is a dog (or in some cases a miniature horse) that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other qualified disability.
The work or task that the service animal performs must be directly related to the individual's disability. Examples include assisting individuals with low vision and alerting individuals who are hearing impaired. Service animals may also be needed to pull a wheelchair, retrieve items such as medicine or a telephone, recognize and assist during seizures, and prevent or interrupt compulsive or destructive behavior.
Service animals are allowed in all places of public accommodation. This includes campus buildings, residence halls, and anywhere on campus they are needed to assist an individual with a disability to participate in educational programs and other campus activities.
Service animals must be under effective control at all times and cannot harm or threaten others in the campus community including faculty, staff, students and guests.
Consistent with federal and state law, a service animal may be prohibited from university facilities or programs if the animal's behavior or presence poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others. The animal may also be excluded from areas where its presence fundamentally alters the nature of a program or activity, if the animal is disruptive, if its presence would result in substantial physical damage to the property of others, or if it substantially interferes with the reasonable enjoyment of housing or public accommodation by others.
Although an accommodation request does not have to be made to have a service animal on campus, it is necessary to request a housing accommodation to ensure that you have an optimal living environment to accommodate an animal.
Bradley University is not responsible for locating or paying for personal attendants; the University does recognize that, in some instances, personal attendants may be necessary (per appropriate documentation). In the classroom, a personal care attendant may monitor the student’s adaptive equipment, serve as the student’s voice when appropriate, or turn pages for the student. An attendant can be present (if documentation supports this request) during a test but the SAS proctor must administer the exam.
To ensure that students with disabilities are recognized as independent class members, the following guidelines have been established for personal care attendants.
Personal attendants will:
- Attend to the needs for which he/she was hired (e.g. personal care duties such as turning pages, retrieving books, taking off coats, etc.). Student Access Services, not the personal attendant, will ensure that all classroom accommodations (such as note taking or in-class writing) are provided.
- Serve as the student’s voice, when appropriate, without offering his/her own perspective. Attendants should not actively participate in the class or in conversations between the student and faculty, staff or other students.
- Demonstrate appropriate classroom behavior.
- Maintain any confidential information about the student.
- Abide by Bradley’s Student Code of Conduct.
- Abide by all College parking regulations.
- Not give unauthorized assistance to any student (personal care attendant is not responsible for the student’s progress or behavior).
- Not provide reading/scribing assistance in a testing situation—the student is responsible for scheduling this accommodation through Student Access Services.
While on campus, students needing assistance in getting to various buildings, toileting, dispensing of medications, etc., should make arrangements to have their own personal attendant. Requesting such services from non-trained individuals on campus could pose a threat to those providing assistance and the individual with the disability and, therefore, those types of requests cannot be accommodated.
Timely notification presented to Student Access Services is required if an attendant will need to accompany a student to class. This will enable the SAS Office to complete Faculty Notification Forms.