Student Information for Disability Services

If you have a disability and desire to attend, or are already attending, Tiffin University, your point of first contact should be the Coordinator of Disability Services. The Office of Disability Services exists to assist students with documented disabilities as they pursue their goal of a college education. The office serves as a liaison between students and the university in matters of communication and action toward achievement of reasonable accommodations. Each student is encouraged to act as his or her own advocate, and take the major responsibility for securing services and accommodations.
 
Eligibility
Eligibility for disability services is dependent upon the nature of the disability and its impact on learning. A disability is defined as any mental or physical condition that substantially limits an individual's ability to perform one or more major life activities. These disabilities may be: physical, visual or auditory, neurological or psychological in nature, and also include chronic health problems and learning and communication disorders.
 
How to Register
After you have applied for admission, you should get in touch with the Office of  Disability Services to request accommodations. You will be asked to provide documentation to support your request. Appropriate documentation includes assessment results from a psychologist, psychiatrist, diagnostician, neurologist, or other medical doctor (for a physical disability or chronic medical condition). Documents created through an ARD or 504 meeting are not acceptable.
 
You will meet with the Coordinator to complete paperwork and to discuss your individual needs after submitting your documentation.
 
In order to utilize your approved accommodations, you will request accommodation letters each semester by completing a form and returning it to ODS. Upon receipt, ODS staff will generate a letter for each course for which you have approved accommodations.
 
It is your responsibility to deliver the accommodation letters to the faculty teaching your courses. At that time, you are encouraged to take the opportunity to discuss your individual needs.
 
Accommodation Letter Request Form
Each semester the student is responsible for filing this form with the Office of Student Disability Services. A student will not receive accommodation letters until this form has been completed and submitted.  To access the form and instructions click here 
 
Equal Access
Within the guidelines set forth in this policy, Tiffin University faculty, staff, and students are committed to providing an accessible and supportive environment for students with disabilities. Equal access for qualified students with disabilities is an obligation of the University under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Tiffin University does not discriminate on the basis of disability against otherwise qualified individuals in any program, service or activity offered by the University. The University is committed to insuring that no qualified individual with a disability is excluded, denied services, segregated or otherwise treated differently than other individuals because of the absence of auxiliary aids or other reasonable services.
 
Confidentiality
The Office of Disability Services and Tiffin University recognize and respect the sensitive nature of disability related information and adhere to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) in handling such information. All disability related information is collected and maintained by the Office of Disability Services. Documentation of disability is held in the office of the Coordinator and is accessed only by ODS staff or by members of the advisory committee. Disability related information that is pertinent to other departments will be housed by that department and afforded the same concern for privacy (i.e. Financial Aid or Residence Life).
 
Grievance
A student, faculty member, or staff person has the right to file a grievance concerning allegations of failure to comply with laws, regulations, and policies set forth for students with disabilities. The following procedure should be followed in doing so:
  1. The student, faculty, or staff member will present, in writing, to the Coordinator of Disability Services reasons why the accommodation in question does or does not compromise the essential requirements of a course or program. If the grievance is against the Coordinator of Disability Services, communications should be directed to the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
  2. The Coordinator of Student Disability Services will address the issue in coordination with the Disability Services Advisory Committee, and will provide the decision to the grieving party in writing.
  3. If the student, faculty member, or staff person chooses to request a review of the appeal, s/he may do so by providing a written request to Academic Affairs.