Our Mission

To ensure all students at Southern California University of Health Sciences receive equal and fair access throughout their education, regardless of disability.

 

We Promise to...

  • Ensure services for students with disabilities follows the student code of ethics set forth by the Association of Higher Education and Disabilities.
  • Serve as an advocate for a student with disabilities to ensure equal access
  • Provide disability representation on relevant campus committees
  • Provide referral information to students with disabilities regarding campus and community resources
  • Provide consultation with faculty regarding academic accommodation and compliance with legal responsibilities as well as instructional, programmatic, physical, and curriculum modifications
  • Provide individual disability awareness training for campus constituencies
  • Maintain records that document the plan for the provision of selected accommodations
  • Determine appropriate academic adjustments consistent with student documentation

How do I request accommodations?

Students seeking reasonable accommodations or support services while enrolled at SCUHS can do so through the Student Services Office. We encourage you to register with SSO as early as possible to allow sufficient time for the approval and notification process. 

 

Step 1: Review and complete the following forms:

Step 2: Submit your complete request and schedule an appointment with the Student Services Office

Email your completed forms and supporting documentation to StudentServices@scuhs.edu. A complete request includes your supporting documentation from a qualified examiner and a Request for Accommodations form completed by you. 

 

Important Notes about Accommodations

  • We strive to review completed accommodations applications within 1 week of receipt. Requests made on a short notice will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 
  • A request for accommodations does not guarantee approval. It does guarantee an interactive process to reach a decision on the request and a full review of the request and the student's file. 
  • Accommodations cannot fundamentally alter a student's program or impose an undue burden. An accommodation provided at a previous institution may not be appropriate for your program at SCUHS. 
  • Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis and are dependent on a student's current functional limitations. 
  • Accommodations are not retroactive. They are active from the time they are approved. 
  • Students are responsible for providing reasonable notice of intent to use an accommodation. For example, students receiving extra time on exams should notify their instructor 1 week in advance of an exam. 

For questions: StudentServices@scuhs.edu

What is the Americans With Disabilities Act Amendments Act?

The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) is a civil rights law that was originally passed by Congress in 1990 (as the Americans with Disabilities Act-ADA) and protects individuals with disabilities from discrimination in the workplace, as well as school and other settings. The ADA was amended in 2008 and became effective January 1, 2009. The law does not provide funding for services or accommodations. https://www.ncld.org/get-involved/learn-the-law/adaaa/

What are disabilities that will be considered for accommodations? 

  • Major life activities include, but are not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working.
  • Major Bodily Functions include, but are not limited to, functions of the immune system, normal cell growth, digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive functions.

When can I begin using my approved accommodations? 

Your accommodations are active per the start date listed on your faculty notification form. Accommodations cannot be retroactive - you cannot apply approved accommodations to past or already taken/completed assessments or classes. 

How does SCUHS provide equitable access to education?

Student Services Office reviews appropriate medical documentation, and consistent with laws and best practices determines reasonable accommodations, as well as auxiliary aids and services.

What does this mean for students?

This allows students to request a modification or reasonable accommodation to allow them to fully participate in the classroom and campus life. Once a modification or reasonable accommodation is approved, the student has the choice and responsibility to notify their instructors in a timely fashion. 

It is important for students to know that accommodations and services may not cause a fundamental alteration to core requirements of the course, program of study, or University requirements.  Students, faculty, and Student Services staff work together to define the limitations, if they exist, for accommodations.

How are religious accommodations implemented for students?

Reasonable accommodations are determined on an individual basis and depend on the circumstances. Students have a right to express religious beliefs without discrimination and have a safe place for worship and prayer. Examples of religious accommodations includes rescheduling an exam, allowing a group presentation to be given on a different date, and adjusting a due date if said item falls on a religious event or Holiday. 

Accommodation requests that will fundamentally alter program requirements, classroom curriculum, learning objectives, or student expectations will not be approved. Accommodation requests that will create an undue and unfair burden to others, including students, will not be approved. 

How do I reserve a quiet room on campus to take my test?

Campus locations can be: the LRC study rooms, the study rooms in the Chesney Center, or an empty class. Students prefer to use the LRC, but in cases when the LRC is closed/unavailable, students may use an empty classroom.

How to reserve a study room in the LRC: It is the student’s responsibility to email SCUHS Library SCUHSLibrary@scuhs.edu with their room reservation needs and include the date, timeframe, class name, and any other instructions such as may use paper, may use notes. Instructors must provide passwords to their exams by emailing SCUHSLibrary@scuhs.edu. Rooms will only be reserved when the request is made 7 days prior to the test date. Requests not following these parameters might not be fulfilled. 

How to reserve an empty classroom: Students prefer to use the LRC, but in cases when the LRC is closed/unavailable, students may reserve an empty classroom. It is the student’s responsibility to email Student Services StudentServices@scuhs.edu with their room reservation needs and include the date, timeframe, class name, and any other instructions such as may use paper, may use notes. Classroom will only be reserved when the request is made 7 days prior to the test date. Requests not following these parameters might not be fulfilled. 

How to reserve a study room in other buildings? All other rooms (excluding the LRC and classrooms) such as the Chesney Center are first come, first serve. We are unable to reserve these rooms. 

Please note! The LRC follows the standard calendar which closes when the campus is closed or on break. To verify if the LRC will be open when needed, please review SCU's calendars at  www.scuhs.edu and search 'Academic Calendars' or click here for direct access. Students who fail to properly reserve their room within the 7 business days timeframe may not receive a quiet room in the LRC or a classroom and consequently may not receive a quiet room for their exam. Instructors are not required to proctor a student’s exam separately if they fail to schedule properly with the LRC.

Access to Food and Drinks – A student’s disability may require them to have access to food or drink during class.  The student is required to bring their own provisions.  In classrooms where food and drink are not permitted (a sterile lab), the student should discuss an equally effective alternative with the instructor when necessary. 

Alternative Format – Books and materials may be needed in an electronic, screen-readable format.  Students must submit a request for a book or article to the CDR office through their Disability Resource Portal.  The Alternative Format Coordinator will prepare the materials for the student and deliver them electronically. Instructors are responsible to ensure that all posted electronic reading materials are presented in an accessible, screen-readable format. 

Assistive Listening Devices These devices are personal amplifiers (FM system) that are used by students who are hard-of-hearing to increase the volume of the professor’s voice in the classroom environment. Faculty are required to wear a microphone or transmitter during the lecture. 

Breaks During Exams – Students are allowed breaks during long exams. The time allocated for the breaks is included in their test time so there is nothing instructors need to do.  

Breaks During Lecture and Lab– A student may need to leave class for a disability-related reason.  The student is expected to do this as discretely as possible. This accommodation does not require the entire class to have breaks, only the individual, and only when needed. 

Camera Off - A student may turn off their camera during lecture, lab, or exams. During exams, a valid proctor must be present and follow all requirements including signing the proctor agreement letter. This option is NOT available in all programs and/or online classes. In lieu, students may pay to take their exams at a nearby testing center.

Course Materials in an Alternative Format – This accommodation is provided for an individual with a print disability who needs written material available in a screen-readable, electronic format. If the material is graphic, then “Alt Text”, which is a description of an image, graph, or any other visual representation, must be added and is required. 

Earplugs– The use of earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones during exams 

Enlarged Print  Students with this accommodation may need all handouts and class materials in enlarged font/print. The font size can vary depending on the student’s needs, and students should notify instructors what font size is necessary for access. 

Extended Time for Tests/Exams/Quizzes -1.5X – Extended time on in-class exams and quizzes in the amount of 1.5 (Time-and-a-half) 

Extended Time for Tests/Exams/Quizzes -2X – Extended time on in-class exams and quizzes in the amount of 2.0 (Double time) 

Live Reader – The use of a human reader to read the exam aloud to the student. 

Note Taking AssistanceUse of a laptop, tablet, smart pen, or a recording device during class lectures and labs. The student may pick the platform such as Microsoft Delicate, Google Translate, etc.  

Peer Note Taker– The student will have access to notes taken by another member of the class who is hired and paid through the work-study program. Peer notes are delivered through a confidential email group NoteTaker@scuhs.edu 

Preferential Seating – This refers to a specific seating location (usually the front of the classroom) within the classroom. 

Quiet Environment – Permits students to take an exam in a location that is reasonably quiet with a low stimuli room. There should be no visual or audible distractions present in the room. (i.e., no cell phones). 

Screen Reader– Allows for the use of a computer with text-to-speech software to read exam content to student. 

Simple Function Calculator– Use of a basic, 4-function (non-programmable, non-graphing, non-scientific) calculator.