Q. What can King University’s Office of Learning and Disability Services do for me?
A. We assist students in improving their learning skills including test taking, study skills, and reading proficiency/speed. We also assist students with documented disabilities to obtain academic accommodations. Some common accommodations include extra time on tests, help finding a note taker, testing in a separate, quiet location, etc. Accommodations vary by disability.
Q. How do I obtain academic accommodations for a documented disability?
A. Contact KU’s Director of Learning and Disability Services. Documentation requirements vary by disability, but in all cases documentation must be from a licensed professional who is credentialed in the area of the documented disability.
Q. What is the best way to contact King University’s Office of Learning and Disability Services?
Q. Where is King University’s Office of Learning and Disability Services located?
A. It is located in Bristol Hall 111 on the Bristol, TN campus. Bristol Hall is between the Chapel and McClellan Hall. If you are from another KU campus, we can meet with you via phone, computer, etc.
Q. Who has to pay for an evaluation to document a disability?
A. A student must pay for his/her evaluation to document a disability. Some providers/evaluators work off of a sliding fee scale. If you are eligible for services through your state vocational rehabilitation agency, you may qualify for a free evaluation. You can locate your state vocational rehabilitation agency at http://rsa.ed.gov by clicking on “Info about RSA,” then “People and Offices,” and then “State Agencies/ Contacts.”
Q. Is there any further information I may find helpful?
A. The information at the end of this section (marked by an *) is from the KU Student Handbook, and may be helpful.
Q. What if I have more questions?
*King University is committed to enable students with documented disabilities to participate in institutional programs by providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations for them. King will provide support services to students for whom the institution has appropriate documentation that supports the accommodation request.
Students with disabilities who need academic accommodations or other disability-related support services must file timely request forms each semester with the Office of Learning Services for accommodations in course work. King cannot make retroactive accommodations.
Accommodations for students with physical disabilities will be coordinated by the Office of Learning Services, working in conjunction with other campus offices as appropriate, including Residence Life, Facilities Services, and Safety and Security.
The types of academic accommodations which can be made include additional time allowed for examinations, private space for testing, and additional time for written assignments. Students with disabilities, like all other students, should select courses that take into account their own particular strengths and weaknesses, seeking guidance from their advisor.
Peer tutoring in writing, speaking, math, and time management/study skills training are available to all students through the Academic Center for Excellence. Subject-specific peer tutoring is also available in many academic areas. Students with disabilities may request additional or longer sessions if needed, however, separate services designed specifically for disabled students are not provided. Other tutorial or support services may be sought at the student’s expense.
Support services are provided to students with documented disabilities to help them perform according to their intellectual abilities. King will not provide such support services if providing them would create an undue burden for the institution. King is responsible for providing that, within certain limits, students are not denied the opportunity to participate in institutional programs on the basis of a disability. King is not required to and will not:
- make accommodations or provide support for services which fundamentally alter the academic requirements for the degree, course requirements, or basic pedagogy;
- normally alter consistently applied academic policies which are based on academic standards;
- guarantee success or bear responsibility for making students succeed in their courses.
The student, not the institution, is responsible for providing personal care assistance, personal purchases, personal adaptive equipment, formal educational assessment or clinical disability evaluation, and services or educational supplies used by all students (pens, paper, personal computers, software, or computer supplies, etc.).
Students are expected to participate responsibly in using accommodations they have requested and which have been approved by King. Students with disabilities are bound, like all students, to the King Honor Code.