Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences is committed to providing educational opportunities for qualified students with documented disabilities through the provision of reasonable accommodations, in compliance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504). Trinity College seeks to accommodate students with disabilities on an individual basis. Individual students are given reasonable and necessary accommodations based upon specific information and assessment data documented by a qualified professional. Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences requires a copy of an evaluation by a licensed psychologist, psychiatrist or physician. This document must be sufficient to establish the presence of a disability. The documentation submitted must be less than three years old. The Director of Student Services and External Relations provides information on the availability and location of services, activities, and facilities that are accessible to and used by persons with disabilities.
While the College strives to accommodate students as fully as possible, reasonable adjustments or accommodations do not include measures that fundamentally alter the academic programs of the College or that place an undue financial burden on the College.
Request for Transgender Accessibility Accommodation
Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences' response to the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice newly released Joint Guidance requiring institutions to be an environment free from discrimination based on sex, is below. Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, schools receiving federal money may not discriminate based on a student's sex, including a student's transgender status.
The guidance explains that when students or their parents, as appropriate, notify a school that a student is transgender, the school must treat the student consistent with the student's gender identity. A school may not require transgender students to have a medical diagnosis, undergo any medical treatment, or produce a birth certificate or other identification document before treating them consistent with their gender identity. The guidance also explains schools' obligations to:
- Respond promptly and effectively to sex-based harassment of all students, including harassment based on a student's actual or perceived gender identity, transgender status, or gender transition;
- Treat students consistent with their gender identity even if their school records or identification documents indicate a different sex;
- Allow students to participate in sex-segregated activities and access sex-segregated facilities consistent with their gender identity; and
- Protect students' privacy related to their transgender status under Title IX and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
At the same time, the guidance makes clear that schools can provide additional privacy options to any student for any reason. The guidance does not require any student to use shared bathrooms or changing spaces, when, for example, there are other appropriate options available; and schools can also take steps to increase privacy within shared facilities. Requests for transgender accommodations may be made with the Director of Student Services and External Relations, located in Student Services and at 309-779-7720.
Trinity College strives to determine the accommodations needed before the self-identifying student with disability matriculates. Additionally, the College makes every effort to have accommodations in place when the student begins his/her course of study. The actual provision of reasonable adjustment and accommodations by the College are viewed as a shared responsibility between the College and the self-identifying student. The Director of Student Services and External Relations relates to students as reasonable adults with the independent right to make educational decisions. No accommodations will be provided without appropriate documentation. In addition, Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences is unable to provide accommodations in the classroom if the student does not give permission to notify faculty that accommodations are needed. Information regarding a student's disability is considered confidential. Information will not be released to anyone without the express written permission of the student. Notification to faculty or other relevant college personnel can be accomplished without disclosing the exact nature of the disability. Disclosure of a disability is voluntary and does not adversely impact admission decisions. The student must reapply for this accommodation with each new course and term. The student should submit the request and verification as soon as it is realized that an accommodation may be necessary. The Director of Student Services and External Relations is the Disabilities Coordinator. Accessibility Services Office Student Intake Form is provided for you to fill out and return to the office of Student Services.
Documentation of Disabilities
All verification must provide data which supports the student's request for any academic adjustment. In the event that a student requests an accommodation that is not supported by the data in the assessment, or if the initial verification is incomplete or inadequate to determine the extent of the disability, then the student will be asked to obtain supplemental testing or assessment at the student's expense.
- Physical Disabilities - A student with a physical disability must provide professional verification of a disability. The verification must reflect the student's present level of functioning and activities affected by the disability. The student must provide the documentation to the Director of Student Services & External Relations. The student shall incur the cost of obtaining the professional verification.
- Mental/Emotional Disabilities - A student with a mental/emotional disability must provide professional verification prepared by an individual who is qualified in the diagnosis of mental/emotional disabilities. The verification must reflect the student's present level of functioning. The student shall provide the verification to the Director of Student Services & External Relations. The student will incur the cost of obtaining the verification.
- Learning Disabilities - A student with a learning disability must provide an evaluation from a professional testing service which must include, but is not limited to, the individual's present level of cognitive function, academic achievement, and information processing. The student shall provide the verification of the learning disability to the Director of Student Services & External Relations. The student will incur the cost of obtaining the verification.
Inquiries Regarding Laws that Protect Persons with Disabilities
Inquiries regarding federal laws and regulations concerning the College's compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 may be directed to the Office for Civil Rights.
The Director of Student Services & External Relations reviews all documents submitted to verify a disability and conducts a personal interview to explore the needs of the student in the academic setting. The student will then complete a Request for Accommodations form. After review of all documents submitted, the Director of Student Services will design a schedule of accommodations appropriate for the student. Reasonable accommodations are designed to provide equal opportunity to students with disabilities in the following areas:
The Director of Student Services & External Relations shall maintain locked confidential records detailing accommodations provided for a disability. These records will be maintained until the student withdraws or graduates and/or passes a licensure examination, at which time the records shall be shredded.
- Academic Program - Adjustments in this area include those necessary to enable a student to study for, attend and participate in didactic and clinical including modification of the curriculum. For example, specialized stethoscopes may be used. However, modifications do not include measures which fundamentally alter the academic program.
- Examinations - Examination accommodations will be made as necessary to minimize the effect of a particular disability on a student's performance.
- Auxiliary Aids - To the extent feasible, Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences shall provide or assist students with disabilities in accessing educational auxiliary aids designed to enable them to participate fully in the academic program (i.e. amplified stethoscope).