Student Accessibility Resources
The following resources are available to assist students and answer questions about getting started and qualifying for services.
Who is eligible for accommodations?
Students with a documented disability or medical condition may be eligible for accommodations through the Accessibility Resources (AR). Documentation that contains the name and specific details about a student's disability are kept confidential in the AR office.
The following are the methods that a student can use to show eligibility:
- Student submits documentation of disability from a medical doctor, clinical psychologist, licensed clinical social worker, or qualified professional/organization (often K-12 school ETR & IEP, or 504 Plans).
- Documentation may be faxed 513-792-8624, emailed to email@example.com, or brought to Accessibility Resources at 112L Muntz Hall.
- Student completes Student Self Report Form.
- Student calls Accessiblity Resources at 513-792-8625 or uses the Starfish system to schedule an intake meeting.
During this meeting, the AR Director or designee will complete an intake interviewwith the student while also reviewing all student documentation. After which the AR Director or designee will determine appropriate accommodations.
UC will provide "reasonable" accommodations as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Students must be able to complete the essential elements of the class or program.
- Learning disabilities: LD, slow processing speed, dyslexia
- Attention deficit disorder:ADD / ADHD
- Psychological: depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar, PTSD, OCD, etc.
- Medical / chronic illness: epilepsy, sickle cell, cancer, crohn's, migraines, diabetes, fibromyalgia, asthma, lupus, etc.
- Autism spectrum / autism / asperger's
- Physical: cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spinal cord injury, arthritis, carpal tunnel, etc.
- Hearing: hearing impaired or deaf
- Cognitive: brain injury, concussion
- Visual: low vision or blind
- Temporary: broken bone, recent surgery, pregnancy complications
- Writing Center: one-on-one appointments with tutor who can assist with any phase of writing assignments (from idea generation to the final draft).
- Study Skills: one-on-one appointments with tutor who helps students with organization, reading comprehension, staying on schedule, effective note taking and test anxiety
- Math Lab: small group tutoring and some individual tutoring during non-peak times.
- Science Lab: small group tutoring and some individual tutoring during non-peak times.
- Foreign Language Lab: extensive listening library.
- Accounting and Economics tutor
- Most tutoring labs are open six days a week and evenings.
- Most instructors are readily available to work with students during their office hours.
The policies listed below apply to students who are registered with Accessibility Resources and receive testing accommodations.
The policies listed below apply to students who are registered with Accessibility Resources and receive testing accommodations. Failure to comply with the Registration Policies may mean that you will not be able to take your test using your testing accommodations in our center. Failure to comply with the Test Center Policies during your test may result in academic disciplinary action being taken against you.
To take an accommodated test in Testing Services, you must:
- Be registered with Accessibility Resources. For information on registration or any of your accommodations, contact our office at 513-792-8625.
- Have a completed Accommodation Form with instructor signatures on file in Accessibility Resources. Forms can be picked up in the Accessibility Resources office at 112L Muntz Hall of University Pavilion beginning the first week of the semester. This must be done every semester. Contact that office at 513-792-8625 with any questions.
- Register to take your exam by the exam registration deadline. This deadline is three days prior to the day of your test for tests taken during the term, and one week prior to the day of your test for finals.
- Make an appointment for accommodated testing in the UC Blue Ash Accessibility Resources office. When scheduling, the following information must be provided: student name, class name, instructor name, date and time. Students have three options for scheduling appointments.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: 513-792-8625
- Stop by office in person.
- Take your exam at the same time that the rest of the class is taking it. There are two exceptions to this policy:
- If you have a time extension accommodation that would cause your test to run over into another class period, then you need to make arrangements with your instructor to begin your test earlier or take it at another time. You must make these arrangements prior to registering for the test, and your instructor has the right to choose when the alternate time will be. Your instructor may ask you for a copy of your class schedule to confirm this request.
- If your exam falls outside of our testing hours, you must make arrangements with your instructor to take the exam during our testing hours. Hours available for accommodated testing are Monday through Friday 8:00-5:00pm and some evenings by appointment. Again, you must make these arrangements prior to registering for your test and your instructor may choose the time you will take the exam.
- Do not schedule your test for an alternate time, no matter the reason, without first speaking with your instructor. Unless you need an alternate time for the reasons listed above, your instructor has the right to refuse to allow you to test during the time you have requested. If an instructor notifies Testing Services that they did not approve an alternate test time, Testing Services will not administer your test until the professor contacts the office directly to approve it. Remember, you can also arrange to test with your instructor and have your instructor provide you with accommodations.
The following policies are in place to ensure the academic integrity of university exams. Because Accessibility Resources administers exams on behalf of UC faculty, we require that all students adhere to uniform rules and regulations so that our staff can easily assess whether or not a breach of the UC Student Code of Conduct has occurred. If an instructor contacts us with a concern of cheating or dishonesty of any kind, these procedures allow us to protect both the students in our test center, as well as the academic integrity of the exam.
On the day of your scheduled test you must:
- Begin your test on time, and no later than 15 minutes after your scheduled test time. If you arrive later than 15 minutes after your scheduled test time, we must receive notification directly from the professor in the form of an email, phone call, or written note (that we will turn in with the test) that says that we may start your exam. If you need to reschedule your test, you may do so through the Accommodated Test Registration System online, or by calling our office prior to the time of your exam.
- Only bring into the test rooms pens, pencils, your exam/answer sheet, and any items for the exam that your instructor indicates are necessary for the exam on the exam cover sheet. No exceptions to this will be made. Food is not allowed in the test rooms, regardless of whether your professor allows them in class. Hats, coats, gloves and scarves may not be worn in the testing room. You may be asked to remove other bulky clothing or show the test center staff that there is nothing in your pockets, in sleeves, hoods, etc.
- Be aware of break policies. You cannot leave the testing area during your exam. You may use the restroom or have a drink/snack in our lobby, but if your instructor indicates that you are not permitted to leave the testing room during your exam, we will enforce that policy.
- Stop taking your exam and turn it in when your time is up. Testing Services will inform you of your end time at the beginning of your test appointment, and you can ask the test proctor to confirm your end time at any time while testing. All test rooms have clocks for you to monitor your time. It is your responsibility to stop your test when time is up.
Any and all breaches of these policies will be formally reported to your instructor by Testing Services staff.
Communications Access Team
The Communications Access Team (CAT) sets a new standard for provided service by allowing students to couple services together instead of selecting a single service. Using American Sign Language (ASL)/English interpreters and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) writers, CAT works one-on-one with students registered with Accessibility Resources to determine an individualized set of services enabling students to effectively access course content and engage in campus life.
Online Learning Accomodations
UC Blue Ash College recognizes the need and importance of accommodating for distance learning for students with certain disabilities or disadvantages.
PLease be aware: if you are already registered with the Accessibility Resources office and are taking an online course along with standard classes, the same procedure will apply. You will need to contact the Accessibility Resources office and inform us. This procedure will begin for you at step 4 in the list below.
In order to begin receiving academic accommodations for online courses, you must register with the Accessibility Resources Office (AR).
- Contact our office at 513-792-8625 or via our email at email@example.com to schedule an Intake Interview (or phone interview, if applicable) with a Director of Accessibility Resources to review documentation (see below) and ensure that accommodations will be provided. Please note that the intake interview will take about 35 to 40 minutes to complete.
- Documentation Guidelines: In order for our office to provide the most appropriate and reasonable accommodations, we would prefer to receive documentation that follows the guidelines listed below. Once the documentation is provided, an intake will follow to discuss the impact of the disability within the academic environment. Please contact our office if you have any additional questions or comments.
- Documentation from a qualified professional should be recent (three years old or newer is preferred). The best quality documentation is from a licensed or credentialed professional who is a good match for the disability described (e.g., a psychologist should not diagnose an orthopedic disability). Documentation should include the following:
- A clear diagnostic statement that describes when and how the condition was diagnosed and provides information on the impact of the disability;
- A description of the diagnostic methods (if applicable) should be included;
- Documentation should contain a description of how the condition will impact the student within the academic environment;
- Current and past accommodations, services, and/or medications should be documented if applicable;
- Fax or bring your documentation to our campus location: 112L Muntz Hall or fax to 513-792-8624. Upon scheduling an Intake Interview, our Director of Accessibiity Resources will then review your documentation. You will be notified if your documentation meets requirements or if additional information/documentation is required before accommodations can be provided.
- Once your documentation is approved and accommodations determined, the Director of Accessibiity Resources will complete all appropriate paperwork and submit your file to the Accommodation Coordinator of your respective home college, i.e. College of Education, College of Engineering, etc., who will be your main point person for problems/issues/advocacy related to your status as a student with a disability. The Director will then provide you with the appropriate contact name, phone, and e-mail of your Accommodation Coordinator. Please note that this person is housed in the Accessibility Resources Office and not your home college.
- Accessibiity Resources will send a PDF version of your accommodations to your UC e-mail. This will serve as your Accommodation Form for that term. Your responsibility will be to forward the Accommodation Form to each online instructor.
- If there are problems/issues associated with the accommodations listed, the Director of Accessibiity Resources will work with you and the instructor to determine a reasonable solution. The student should alert his or her Director of AR about any such issue.
Accessibility Resources Scholarships
UC Blue Ash College and the Accessibility Resources office are proud to have scholarships specifically designated to assist our student population with disabilities.
Through the generosity of the Marge and Charles J. Schott Foundation, the University of Cincinnati is proud to offer a scholarship to a student that has self-identified with a significant physical disability, such as paraplegia or quadriplegia. It is the hope of the trustees of the Foundation and family members of Marge Schott that the recipient will continue his/her quests for knowledge and realize his/her dreams.
This scholarship is available to an undergraduate student, with sophomore to senior status, who is enrolled full-time and matriculating at any college of the University of Cincinnati. It may be renewed annually as long as the student is in good academic standing and demonstrates financial need.
The confidential, three-part application must be completed by you and a personal or professional reference; this individual may not be a member of your family. All three sections of the application must be submitted together.
One $475 scholarship is awarded in two $237.50 installments for the fall and spring semesters. This award is contingent upon the student continuing in his/her program and maintaining at least a 2.5 GPA.
Sherri Warshaw is a registered dental hygienist, Mayo-Clinic Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist and a UC Blue Ash Alumna, Class of 1995. Her inspiration for starting this scholarship is a member of her family who has Asperger syndrome. By providing the scholarship support, Sherri will help future students with disabilities to be "set up for success" while navigating college at UC Blue Ash.
More details coming in the Spring.
Additional Student Resources
These informational resources will help you better understand accessibility issues in the classroom.
Pamela Goines - Director
John Kraimer - Program Director
Muntz Hall | Room 112L
(Far right corner of computer concourse)
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.