Accessibility Services

Saint Michael's College is devoted to ensuring equal educational opportunities and a responsive campus environment for students with disabilities. Support is provided through the Office of Accessibility Services located in the Klein Academic Enrichment Commons. The Director promotes self-awareness for students with disabilities by educating them about their rights so that they can independently advocate and make choices to meet or exceed the academic standards expected of them. All eligible students are invited and encouraged to seek access to the services provided.

Getting Started

To ensure the provision of reasonable and appropriate accommodations, students with learning disabilities must provide appropriate documentation to the Director of Accessibility Services. A clear understanding of a student's strengths and weaknesses in learning and the influence of the disability on current and past educational process will afford a broader assessment of capabilities, challenges, and consonant needs. Students with learning differences and hindrances that affect learning are encouraged to forward their current and comprehensive documentation to the Director of Accessibility Services during the summer months before the beginning of their first semester. Students with documented disabilities are then asked to meet with the Director of Accessibility Services at the start of the academic semester in order to discuss course planning and strategies for success.

For questions or more information, contact:

Antonia Messuri
Director of Academic Support Services
Saint Michael's College
One Winooski Park, Box 389
Colchester, VT 05439
802.654.2818 (phone) 802.654-2974 (fax)
Klein 111
amessuri@smcvt.edu

Disability Disclosure and Documentation

To ensure the provision of reasonable and appropriate accommodations, students must provide the required documentation materials as outlined below. The earlier the information is received, the better prepared the college will be to address specific needs.

Please mail material to:

Antonia Messuri, Director
Office of Accessibility Services
Saint Michael's College
One Winooski Park, Box 389
Colchester, Vermont 05439

- or -

Fax material to:

802.654.2974

For students with physical and sensory disabilities, psychological disabilities, and chronic illnesses:

Contact the Office of Accessibility Services to discuss appropriate documentation specific to your individual needs.

For students with learning disabilities (LD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD):

To ensure the provision of reasonable and appropriate accommodation, test scores must reflect a significant limitation in learning which substantiates requests for accommodations. Those students seeking course accommodations and/or exam modifications must provide the following:

  1. A written diagnosis from a qualified professional stating the presence of a learning disability (LD) or a written confirmation of early and current impairment including information from a diagnostic interview along with an outline of current presenting problems and how they impact classroom learning (ADD).
  2. A psychoeducational or neuropsychological evaluation administered by a qualified professional or educational team within the last four to six years immediately prior to Saint Michael's enrollment.

This evaluation must report subtest scores, standard scores, and percentile ranks, and include cognitive and achievement testing as follows:

  • Cognitive Testing: This includes comprehensive and reliable testing measures from one of the following aptitude tests:
    • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-III
    • Woodcock Johnson Psychoeducational Battery: Tests of Cognitive Ability-III
    • Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale: Fourth edition
  • Achievement Testing: This includes the test results from individualized achievement measures which describe current strengths and difficulties with reading, math, written expression, and, if applicable, modern language acquisition. Measures must be valid and reliable from one or more of the following:
    • Scholastic Abilities Test for Adults
    • Stanford Test of Academic Skills
    • Wechsler Individual Achievement Tests
    • Woodcock-Johnson Psychoeducational Battery-Revised: Tests of Achievement
    • Special achievement tests may include the following:
    • Stanford Diagnostic Mathematics Test
    • Test of Written Language – 3
    • Woodcock Reading Mastery Test – Revised
  • Informational processing must also be assessed to include memory, perception, processing, and processing speed. A variety of instruments can be used including subtest scores from an aptitude test or the Detroit Tests of Learning Aptitude-Adult.
  • Also included in the report must be the certified professional’s assessment of how the learning difference or disorder will influence life activities and/or academic success on the college level and concomitant recommendations and support for academic accommodations. Also helpful but not required is a letter from an educational support service provider who has recently worked with the student. This letter should address the nature of the disability or disorder and the kinds of services that might be needed in college.
  • Note: An IEP or 504 Plan is insufficient material but can be included in the packet of comprehensive information.

Second Language Requirement

Although Saint Michael’s College has a language proficiency requirement, we recognize that some students have learning disabilities that affect the way they learn languages.

If you have a language-based disability or a disability that affects language learning, and if you provide current and comprehensive documentation of it, we will do our best to provide you with the course and accommodations you need to succeed in your study of a second language. Modified options would be available to you at the onset of your sophomore year.

If you are currently enrolled in a modern language and literature course this semester it is advised that you meet with the Director of Accessibility Services early in the semester to discuss the options available to you (such as, taking the course on a pass/fail basis).

If you are not currently enrolled in a modern language and literature course, be sure to discuss options for the future with the Director. This will allow time to explore what course of study in the Department of Modern Languages and Literature will best suit your learning styles and needs.

Summer Tuition Waivers

Saint Michael's College accommodates the special needs of those students who are covered by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1992. In order to make regular progress towards graduation, students should take eight 4-credit courses per year. However, if the College is provided with current and comprehensive documentation of a learning difference or hindrance that affects learning, permission may be granted to take a reduced course load during the academic year. Subsequently, the student may be granted a tuition waiver for a maximum of two summer session courses taken at Saint Michael's College under the criteria outlined below.

Summer tuition waiver criteria:

  • If permission is granted to take a reduced course load because of a documented disability, a student may be eligible for a tuition waiver for one or two courses during the summer sessions immediately following the academic year. If a student is granted permission to take a total of six courses during the preceding academic year, (3/3), the student is eligible for a tuition waiver for up to two courses. If the total course load is granted at seven courses during the academic year, (3/4 or 4/3 or 3.5/3.5), the student is eligible for a tuition waiver for one course. Decisions are made on a case by case basis, determined in part by the student’s documentation, assessed by the Director of Academic Support Services, and approved by the Associate Dean of the College.
  • In calculating the number of courses, Saint Michael's College considers all courses attempted at the beginning of the semester. Withdrawing from a course later in the semester does not constitute a "reduced course load" under the policy. Furthermore, part-time students are not considered eligible for this tuition waiver.
  • If a senior has been granted such an accommodation and is planning to take the last two courses in the summer following the graduation ceremony, that student may process at graduation and "cross the stage," although no diploma will be awarded.
  • The College's fee waiver is for tuition only at Saint Michael's College. It does not extend to room, board, other fees or tuition at an institution other than Saint Michael's College. If students who have taken 3/4 or 4/3 or 3.5/3.5 during the academic year wish to take advantage of the summer tuition waiver, they must present a request form for a tuition waiver to the Office of the Associate Dean by April 28 for courses in the summer immediately following that academic year.

For more information, contact Antonia Messuri, Director of Academic Support Services, 802.654.2818 or Anne O'Grady, Administrative Assistant, Office of the Associate Dean of the College, 802.654.2347.

Klein Testing Room

Our two testing rooms which also double as our reading and study rooms offer quiet, distraction free places for students with learning differences to do their homework and to take their exams.  Equipped with full spectrum lighting and ergonomic chairs designed for your comfort and support, the rooms are tucked away for your privacy and peace of mind.  As a student with a learning difference, you are both encouraged and invited to enjoy these spaces.  These rooms, equipped with assistive technology and up-to-date software programs, ensure that you can easily access both your course accommodations and exam modifications.

Prospective students needing information: contact Antonia Messuri, 802.654.2818.

Current students needing arrangements: contact Leslie Turner, 802.654.2262.

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