How to Obtain Accommodations
Students with disabilities who wish to receive accommodations must self-identify to the Director of Disability Services (DS). Students who have a previously identified disability may present current evidence of that disability. An IEP or 504 Plan may be sufficient to establish disability. However, the student may also provide psycho-educational assessments as further support for determining appropriate accommodations. All documentation is treated as confidential information under FERPA guidelines. For more specific information, click here.
The DS Director will review the material and, if adequate for determining eligibility, an “intake interview” will be scheduled with the student. The Director will help identify accommodations needed in various classes, campus services and programs. Once determined, the accommodations are affective immediately for that specific semester and are provided as a means of ensuring access to all programs for which the student is “otherwise qualified.” The Director will assist in communicating the student’s needs to faculty.
Accommodations do not automatically carry over from one semester to the next; the DS Director meets with each student for each term enrolled at the college. In anticipation of each upcoming semester, students with disabilities meet with the Director to update the prior semester’s intake interview and to discuss the nature/requirements for the courses to be taken in the upcoming semester.
It is important to note:
Accommodations which are requested after the semester has begun have no bearing on academic grades earned prior to the request. The student bears the consequences of failing to request accommodations in a timely manner; retroactive accommodations cannot be granted.
Accommodations which alter a program’s purposes, necessary requisite skills, or licensing and/or accreditation standards are not considered “reasonable” under the law and cannot be granted.
Students who think they may have an undiagnosed disability:Students who suspect they may have an undiagnosed disability that is affecting their academic performance at Lancaster Bible College are encouraged to discuss their situation with the Director of Disability Services who can refer the student for a more extensive evaluation if conditions support that.
- Assistive Technology
- Screen Reader
- Screen Magnifier
- Speech-to-text program
- Writing software program
- E-text, Books on CD or Daisy Player
- Distraction-reduced environment
- Extended time
- Enlarged/enhanced print
Services are determined for each student according to documentation submitted. Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis, based on documentation submitted by the student.
Accommodations vary widely, but are always designed to respond to the unique needs of each student based on their documentation. The list of accommodations (provided each semester) is sent to the student's professors, verifying the necessity of the accommodation. Disability-specific details are not revealed except as authorized by the student.
Access to Medical or Therapeutic Services
Excellent medical and health-support services are located within a few miles of the college campus. Students who require ongoing access to physical therapy or other medically related services, arrange their own off-campus appointments and transportation. An on-site physician is available periodically for consultation, and a nurse is either on duty or on-call at all times during the academic year.
Post-secondary institutions do not pay for diagnostic services to determine whether an individual is eligible for accommodations; however, the LBC Disability Services Office maintains a list of local professionals that students can contact for evaluations. If you think you may have an undiagnosed disability affecting your performance and success at Lancaster Bible College, we encourage you to request an interview/screening with the Director of Disability Services to determine whether an outside referral is appropriate.
Note: It is your prerogative to provide the LBC Disability Services Office with the evaluation documentation from the referral agency. No communication between the Disability Services Office and the outside agency can occur unless you provide the evaluator with written permission to forward the results of the evaluation. There can be no determination of eligibility for accommodations unless the documentation is submitted to the LBC Disability Services Office.