Disability Resources for Students

Overview

Salus University complies with federal and state regulations regarding students with disabilities.  It is Salus University’s desire to ensure that all students with disabilities have equal access to educational opportunities at the institution so they can freely and actively participate in all facets of University life.  Therefore, Salus University will make an effort to provide students with reasonable academic accommodations. 

Students Responsibilities

A student is responsible for following the procedures established by Salus University to obtain reasonable accommodations.   A student who does not follow these procedures is not permitted to receive academic accommodations and may not directly petition the course instructor(s) for accommodations.

Requesting Academic Accommodation(s)

Students requiring academic accommodations should first contact the staff in the Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD), located in W-326, (3rd Floor, West Building). The staff is:

  • Mrs. Natalie Leckerman
    Email: nleckerman@salus.edu
    Phone: 215-780-1315
  • Ms. Susan Platt
    Email: splatt@salus.edu
    Phone: 215-780-1311

CPPD hours are:  Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM; evening hours are available by appointment.

Documentation may not be necessary to establish reasonable accommodation(s); however, when available, documentation may guide the conversation and provide support for an individual’s request.  Examples of acceptable documentation include:

  • An evaluation that provides evidence of a learning disability. The evaluation may include:
    • Specific  diagnosis
    • Test scores from standardized assessment instruments
    • Recommended ADA accommodations put forth by a qualified evaluator
    • Evaluators rationale for each recommended accommodation
    • An Individual Educational Program (IEP) or ADA accommodation(s) received in a previous academic setting.
    • A summary of a diagnostic interview completed by a professional.
  • For a physical disability; a letter from your health provider stating the specific accommodations needed is strongly encouraged.
    • If the accommodation is temporary and you are working with a health provider, it is strongly recommended that you have a letter from your health provider that states approximate length of time the accommodation will be needed
  • Medical records
  • Psychoeducational testing
  • Previous school records (e.g. an IEP or 504 Program)

Communicating and Implementing Accommodation(s)

Once a student meets with a CPPD Counselor and it is determined that the student is eligible for accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, (ADA), the Counselor will notify the appropriate individuals of the student’s specific ADA accommodation(s).

A Salus University student must communicate with a counselor prior to, or at the start of each semester to discuss which courses and instructors need to be notified of their accommodations.

It is the student’s responsibility to remind their instructors in a timely manner that they have accommodations for a scheduled exam so arrangements for administering the exam can be made.

Essential requirements of a course cannot be changed for any student receiving reasonable accommodations.

Confidentiality

ADA documentation is maintained in a secure file within Center for Personal and Professional Development.

Documentation is not shared with others, although if requested, with a signed release from the student, general information about the student’s accommodations may be discussed on a need-to-know basis with faculty or administrative professionals.

The Salus University CPPD and Student Affairs staff are committed to maintaining utmost discretion in matters involving students' disabilities and related matters. Requests to share information with persons acting in roles external to Salus University will be considered only with prior written approval by the student.

CPPD records will be kept for seven years after graduation and then they will be destroyed in compliance with federal, state and University regulations.

Grievance Procedure

If you wish to file a grievance, you must first speak with the Director of the Center for Personal and Professional Development at Salus University and then, if you feel that the issue(s) have not been resolved, please contact the Dean of Student Affairs at Salus University. Contact information:

  • Susan C Platt, MEd, LPC, NCC
    Director, Center for Personal and Professional Development
    8360 Old York Road
    Room W-326
    Elkins Park, PA 19027
    phone: 215-780-1311
    email: splatt@salus.edu
  • James M. Caldwell, OD, EdM
    Dean of Student Affairs
    Room W-103K
    8360 Old York Road
    Elkins Park, PA  19027
    phone: 215-789-1313
    email: jcaldwell@salus.edu
  • Philadelphia Office
    Office for Civil Rights
    U.S. Department of Education
    The Wanamaker Building
    100 Penn Square East, Suite 515
    Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323
    Telephone: 215-656-8541
    FAX: 215-656-8605; TDD: 800-877-8339
    Email: OCR.Philadelphia@ed.gov

Approved April 25 2013