Documents, Privacy Law & Grievances

Accessibility Resources

Documentation Guidelines

The student is the best source of information about the effects of their disability and the effectiveness of accommodations. The Accessibility Resources staff are experienced professionals who will conduct a structured interview with each student to assess the impact of the disability and create personalized accommodations. Documentation that describes the impact of the disability will often aid the student and staff in this process.

Students do not need to have documentation in hand to have a meeting with Accessibility Resources staff or to start the accommodations process however, presenting documentation as soon as possible in the process is beneficial to both the student and Accessibility Resources staff. If a student comes to Accessibilty Resources without documentation of a helath condition, Accessibility Resources staff will work with the student to determine what docuementation is needed and request records from the student's health care provider if needed. Each student’s need for accommodations is determined on a case-by-case basis.

If a student’s disability is apparent, additional documentation may not be necessary. Following a conversation with the student, Accessibility Resources staff may request additional information to substantiate a disability. If diagnostic testing or evaluation is needed, Accessibility Resources staff will provide the student with information about what is needed or refer them for such testing.

The Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) has stated that documentation may come in many forms. Documentation from external sources may include:

  • Educational records: Accommodation history, reports, assessments, and evaluations created by school psychologists, teachers, or the educational system.
    • Individual Education Program (IEP)
    • Evaluations
    • Summary of Performance (SOP)
    • Teacher observations
  • Medical records: Records attesting to a disabling condition used for the purposes of documentation need to be on letterhead stationery and signed by a qualifying provider.

You may submit your disability documentation to the Accessibility Resources staff at Gustavus Adolphus College by faxing it to 507-933-6207 or mailing it to:

Center for Academic Resources and Enhancement
Accessibility Resources
800 West College Ave
St. Peter, MN 56082
Or e-mailing it to:
Kelly Karstad
CARE Associate Director & Accessibility Resources Coordinator
kkarstad@gustavus.edu

Privacy Law

Accessibility Resources at Gustavus ensures that information regarding students with a disability is maintained in a confidential manner as required or permitted by law. Information on students includes: disability documentation, test data, appointment notes, and academic notifications. Disability documentation is used to determine appropriate accommodations and establish protection under the law. Information about the impact of the student’s disability is shared with appropriate faculty or other campus personnel as allowed by the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). Accessibility Resources staff will release information regarding a student’s disability if there is legitimate need to know. Some level of disclosure is needed to facilitate accommodations through faculty and other appropriate campus staff. They will need to know what accommodations are required to meet the student’s needs. They do not need to know a specific diagnosis.

  • Students may sign a consent to release information form allowing Accessibility Resources staff to share additional information beyond what can be shared under FERPA.
  • Disability files including disability documentation are stored in files and software that are accessible to Center for Academic Resources and Enhancement staff only. Accessibility Resources records are not accessible to faculty or other personnel.
  • Disability status is not noted on or transferred to other academic records. It only appears on records housed in Accessibility Resources on our software.
  • Student files in Accessibility Resources are kept for 7 years after the student is no longer registered for classes or graduates. After this time, the file is destroyed.
  • The student has the right to access their file and can arrange to do so with a Accessibility Resources staff member present. All information in the file is property of Accessibility Resources.
  • Accessibility Resources staff does not automatically notify professors if a student makes contact with the Accessibility Resources. It is the student’s responsibility to notify professors that the student is registered with Accessibility Resources and needs accommodations.

Student ADA/Section 504 Grievance Procedure

This Grievance Procedure is established to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. It may be used by anyone who wishes to file a petition for consideration alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in accommodations, student employment practices and policies or the provision of services, activities, programs, or benefits by Gustavus Adolphus College.

The petition should be in writing (see form below) and contain information about the alleged discrimination such as name, address, phone number of petitioner and location, date, and description of the problem. Alternative means of filing petitions, such as personal interviews or a tape recording of the petition will be made available for persons with disabilities upon request.

The petitionshould be submitted by the grievant and/or his/her designee as soon as possible but no later than 60 calendar days after the alleged violation to:

Accessibility Resources Coordinator
Center for Academic Resources and Enhancement
Gustavus Adolphus College
800 West College Ave.
St. Peter, MN 56082
507-933-7227
 

Grievance Procedure

  1. Within 5 class days after receipt of the petition, the Accessibility Resources Coordinator and the Director of the Center for Academic Resources and Enhancement will meet with the petitioner to discuss the petition and possible resolutions. Within 5 class days after receipt of the petition, they will respond in writing, and, where appropriate, in a format accessible to the petitioner, such as large print, Braille, audio tape. The response will explain the position of Gustavus Adolphus College and offer options for substantive resolution of the petition.
  1. If the response by the Accessibility Resources Coordinator and the Director of the Center for Academic Resources and Enhancement does not satisfactorily resolve the issue, the petitioner and/or his/her designee may appeal the decision to the Accessibility Resources Appeals Committee within 15 days of receipt of the response to the Accessibility Resources Coordinator and the Director of the Center for Academic Resources and Enhancement.
  1. Within 5 class days after receipt of the appeal, the Provost or Designee will meet with the petitioner to discuss the petition and possible resolutions. The petition will be brought to the Accessibility Resources Appeals Committee. Within 5 class days after the meeting, the Provost or designee will respond in writing, and, where appropriate, in a format accessible to the petitioner, with a final resolution of the petition.
  1. All written petitions received by the Accessibility Resources Coordinator and the Director of the Center for Academic Resources and Enhancement, and appeals to the Provost or designee and the Accessibility Resources Appeals Committee and responses from those listed above will be kept by Gustavus Adolphus College for one (1) year. The final resolution may not be appealed.
Accessibility Resources Appeals Committee:
ADA Compliance Officer or Designee
Provost or Designee
Vice President of Student Life or Designee
Registrar
Director of Center for Academic Resources and Enhancement or Designee

If you believe the results of the appeal are unsatisfactory, you may file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at any time by contacting:
Midwest Region -(Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Wisconsin)
Celeste Davis
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
233 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 240
Chicago, IL 60601
Customer Response Center: (800) 368-1019
Fax: (202) 619-3818
TDD: (800) 537-7697
Email: ocrmail@hhs.gov

Grievance Procedure

Grievance Form