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All documentation related to the student's disability and accommodations shall be maintained by the Office of Accessible Education Services, located in Duke Hall Suite 202.

It is important for students to understand that it is their responsibility to request services at a post-secondary institution and timely requests are imperative for the best possible outcomes in seeking and receiving reasonable accommodations. Our mission is to work with you as a team to remove barriers that may hinder your ability to fully participate in the academic experience at Lincoln Memorial University.

Students requesting accommodations can access the Student Request for Accommodations Form here. Upon receipt of required medical documentation and approval for services, Dr. Daniel Graves, will schedule an initial intake appointment with you.  This initial appointment may be in person or by telephone.  Your class schedule and specific location that you are taking classes at Lincoln Memorial University will determine how we arrange your initial meeting.  The purpose of this initial meeting is to discuss and make arrangements for accommodations for the upcoming semester  A Faculty Accommodation Form outlining the approved accommodations will be signed by the student, the student's faculty members’ for each class and the Director of Accessible Education Services.  This process must be followed for each semester for the student requests accommodations.

Dr. Daniel Graves
Lincoln Memorial University
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN  37752

Office Location: Duke Hall Suite 202
Phone:  423.869.6531
daniel.graves@LMUnet.edu

Philosophy

LMU does not discriminate for purposes of admission to LMU or access to LMU’s facilities, programs, and services on the basis of disability. LMU is committed to providing accessible educational support services that enable students with disabilities to participate in, and benefit from, all University programs and activities.  Every effort is made to reasonably accommodate the needs of a student with disabilities. As buildings on the LMU campuses are remodeled, care is taken to assure that persons with disabilities have sufficient access to those buildings. To request an accommodation or to notify the University of any issues related to accessibility, the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”), contact the ADA Director, Dr. Daniel Graves, at 423.869.6531 or Daniel.graves@lmunet.edu.

This contact information is also listed on the class syllabus for every LMU class.  

Request for Accommodations

The following procedure must be followed in order for any student with a disability to receive accommodations through Lincoln Memorial University: 

  1. For each semester an accommodation is requested, the student must submit proper documentation of his/her disability to the ADA Director through the Office of Accessible Education Services, Dr. Daniel Graves, 423.869.6531 or graves@lmunet.edu (guidelines for proper documentation are set forth below);
  2. The ADA Director will contact the student concerning arrangements for reasonable accommodations, and the student should be prepared to discuss specific accommodation needs;
  3. If accommodations are approved, a Student Accessibility Form will be prepared by the ADA Director listing the accommodations. The student will take the form the student’s faculty for review and signature, then the student will return the completed form to the Office of Accessible Education Services for signature. The student will be provided a signed copy via LMU email and should provide their faculty members with a signed copy.
  4. If accommodations are denied, the student may appeal the decision by following the grievance procedure listed below.

Accommodations remain in effect only for the academic semester in which the accommodations are granted.  Students must request accommodations for each semester by following the procedure discussed above.   

Documentation Guidelines

Students requesting accommodations or services from LMU because of a disability are required to submit documentation to determine eligibility for those accommodations or services in accordance with Section 504 and the ADA. To establish that a student is covered under Section 504 and the ADA, the documentation must indicate that the disability substantially limits a major life activity, including learning. 

A diagnosis of a disability does not necessarily qualify a student for academic accommodations under the law. The following guidelines are provided in the interest of assuring that documentation of a disability is complete and supports the student’s request for accommodations. LMU will determine eligibility and appropriate services on a case by case basis based on the quality and completeness of the documentation submitted. The following requirements provide students, schools, and professional diagnosticians with a common understanding of the components of documentation that are necessary to validate the existence of a disability, the impact on the individual’s educational performance, and the need for academic accommodations for the purpose of the ADA and Section 504. Students are encouraged to provide these documentation guidelines to the medical professional rendering a disability opinion to assure that all requirements are met. 

A Qualified Professional Must Conduct the Evaluation - The assessment must be administered by a trained and qualified (i.e., certified and/or licensed) professional (e.g., psychologist, school psychologist, neurophysiologist, education diagnostician, who has had direct experience with adolescents and adults with disabilities.  Students with documented medical conditions must be seen by their medical doctor and include the physician’s full name, license number and facility they practice medicine at.

Documentation Must be Current - Reasonable accommodations are based on the current impact of the disability on academic performance. In most cases this means that a diagnostic evaluation should be age appropriate and relevant to the student’s learning environment, and show the students current level of functioning. If documentation does not address the individual’s current level of functioning, a re-evaluation may be required. 

Documentation Must Include a Specific Diagnosis - The report must include a clear and direct statement that a disability does or does not exist. Terms such as “learning difficulty,” “appears,” “suggests,” or “probable” do not support a conclusive diagnosis.

Documentation Must be Comprehensive - The documentation must include a summary containing relevant historical information, instructional interventions, related services, and age of initial diagnosis. The documentation must also include objective data regarding aptitude, achievement, and information processing. Test scores (standard scores, percentiles, and grade equivalents) must also be included in the documentation.

Recommendations for Accommodations - A diagnostic report may include specific recommendations for accommodation(s). A prior history of an accommodation, without a demonstration of a current need, does not in and of itself warrant the provision of that accommodation. Each accommodation recommended by an evaluator should include a rationale. The evaluation should support the recommendations with specific test results or clinical observations. If an accommodation is not clearly identified in the diagnostic report, LMU has the right to seek clarification and/or additional information either from the student’s evaluator or from another trained professional chosen by LMU. LMU will make the final determination as to whether appropriate and reasonable accommodations are warranted and can be provided. LMU reserves the right to request reassessment of the student’s disability when questions arise regarding previous assessment or provision of services or accommodations or when the student requests additional services or accommodations above and beyond what has been previously provided to the student.

Temporary Accommodations

In the event that a student has a temporary disabling condition, the student may request temporary accommodations.  The process and documentation guidelines set forth above also apply to a request for temporary accommodations.  Temporary accommodations remain in effect until the student’s medical professional has indicated the accommodation is no longer necessary or the end of the academic semester, whichever comes first.  If the temporary disabling condition persists into the following semester, the student must again request accommodations following the procedure discussed above. 

If a student requires a temporary parking pass because of a temporary disabling condition, the student can request a temporary parking pass through Lincoln Memorial University’s Campus Police and Security.  This application can be accessed by accessing the Administration web portal under Security Parking Applications.  All students requesting a temporary parking pass must complete the application for a temporary pass through the State of Tennessee.

Request for Emotional Support Animal

Residential Students who are in need of an Emotional Support Animal should review the policies and procedures specific to requesting this accommodation. Students should print and review the Emotional Support Animal Policy and Procedure document. This document will need to be signed and submitted with all supporting documentation.

Emotional Support Animal Policy and Procedure

Grievance Procedure for Students Receiving Accessibility Education Services

All grievances concerning any aspect of the services or accommodations provided to student with a disability or related to any issue related to Section 504 or the ADA should be taken to the Director of Accessible Education Services within ten (10) working days. If the student feels he/she needs to take the matter further, LMU’s grievance committee will review the matter. The LMU grievance committee consists of: Assistant Vice President for Academic Support Services (Chair), the Dean of Students, the Director of Academic Support, a faculty member appointed by the Chair of the LMU Grievance Committee and the Academic Dean or Chair of the department in which the effected student is enrolled.  The decision of LMU’s grievance committee is final.

 

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