Students with Disabilities and Accessibility Needs
Guilford College’s notice of non-discrimination applies to any and all educational program or activities that Guilford College operates, and extends its protection to students and applicants with disabilities. Educational opportunities will not be denied to an otherwise qualified applicant or student because of the need to make reasonable accommodation(s) or modification(s). This policy is applicable to admissions policies; educational programs; scholarships, loans, and other financial aid; athletic and other school-administered programs; services; and activities. This policy is also applicable to accommodation(s) that would enable an applicant or student with a disability to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of education as are enjoyed by other similarly situated applicants or students without disabilities.
This policy and procedure is exclusive of other education-related inquiries that the College, in its discretion, may make as permitted or required by local, state or federal law and in conformance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.
To receive accommodations at the college level, students must disclose and provide evidence of a documented disability that impacts the learning environment. This may include diagnoses such as any learning and psychological/psychiatric disabilities, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), speech, hearing, chronic and/or Other Health Impairments (OHI). To receive services, students must first self-identify with the office and complete an interactive intake interview process. Students have the right to disclose the nature of their disability and choose not to request accommodations.
PROCESS FOR REQUESTING ADA ACCOMMODATIONS
Any student seeking ADA accommodation(s) due to a documented disability must follow these steps: self disclose by completing a Registration Agreement, submit appropriate documentation in accordance with ARC guidelines, and complete an interactive interview process. Please note that the full process may take up to a few weeks, so please plan accordingly. Students needing Housing and Emotional Support Animal accommodations should contact the office for petition information.
1. Fill out ARC Registration Agreement form: this form is available on the ARC website. Students may also request a link or hard copy from the office.
2. Provide documentation: students can submit disability-related documentation to the Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) by mail, fax, or email. Documentation must meet the minimum requirements outlined by the office. These guidelines are available on the ARC website and by request.
Address: Guilford College, 5800 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro, NC 27410.
Fax number: 336-316-2946.
3. Participate in intake interview: This meeting is designed to develop a student’s individul needs to determine what are deemed reasonable and appropriate academic accommodations and adjustments. Referrals for other supportive services and tools are also provided during this meeting. This meeting may take place once the ARC Registration Agreement form and all necessary disability-related documentation are received by the ARC.
4. Faculty Notification: Once an accommodation plan is completed, students will need to request that their faculty notification letters be sent to their instructors. This must be done in writing by email, or online request via the ARC website. This is not an automatic process. Rather, students must request a new faculty notification letter each term they wish to receive their accommodations (3 week, 12 week, and summer terms respectively). Students must also request this notification if they add or change classes.
- The ARC will provide the student and their requested professor(s) an electronic copy of their individual accommodation letter request. Students are responsible for communicating and negotiating with each professor of their individual academic accommodations and/or classroom needs with those professors.
- The ARC strongly recommended that students discuss their accommodations and individual needs with his or her advisor and/or other College personnel so that appropriate recommendations and/or referrals may be made.
Questions and inquiries can be sent to the Accessibility Resource Center (ARC):
Phone number: 336-316-2243