Disability Accommodation

Studio School’s policy is to provide reasonable accommodations for disabled students, including learning disabled students and those with health and physical impairments, consistent with the Americans with Disability Act of 1990 (“ADA”) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“the Rehabilitation Act”). Studio School complies with the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act.

Entering students whose disabilities may require accommodations must bring their written requests for reasonable accommodations and required documentation to the attention of the Dean of Academic Affairs and/or the Dean’s designee as early as possible before the beginning of the semester.

Continuing students have an affirmative duty to notify Studio School in writing and provide the required documentation regarding requests for reasonable accommodations to the Dean of Academic Affairs and/ or person designated by the Dean no later than two weeks prior to the date of mid-term exams, final exams, or due dates for writing assignments.

All students who require auxiliary services must also contact the Dean of Academic Affairs and/or the Dean’s designee and provide written documentation related to their disability from a qualified medical professional, along with a written request for auxiliary services, as early as possible before the beginning of each semester.

Students who request accommodations because of a learning disability are required to provide written documentation that: (i) is prepared by a professional qualified to diagnose a learning disability, including but not limited to a licensed physician, learning disability specialist, or psychologist; (ii) includes the testing procedures followed, the instruments used to assess the disability, the test results, and an interpretation of the test results; and (iii) reflects the individual’s present level of achievement. The student’s documentation should be as comprehensive as possible and dated no more than three years prior to the student’s request for services, unless the student had documentation as an undergraduate. Documentation should adequately measure cognitive abilities (using the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale Revised or equivalent test) and academic achievement skills (using Woodcock Johnson Part II, Wide Range Achievement Test, Nelson Denny or equivalent test). The achievement test should sample reading, math and writing. The documentation must include test results for at least the following characteristics: intelligence,vocabulary, reading rate, reading comprehension, spelling, mathematical comprehension, memory, and processing skills.

Studio School keeps all information pertaining to a student’s disability confidential, and discloses such information only to the extent necessary to provide accommodation for the student’s disability. Where it is deemed appropriate by the Dean of Academic Affairs and/or Dean’s designee, a qualified professional may be retained by the school to determine the appropriate  accommodation for a disability. The Dean of Academic Affairs and/or Dean’s designee is vested with the authority to develop a reasonable accommodation plan for all qualified persons with a disability at Relativity School under the ADA or Rehabilitation Act.

Any student who identifies physical, architectural or other barrier problems should promptly bring these to the attention of the Dean of Students and/or Dean’s designee.

A student may appeal the Dean of Academic Affairs and/or Dean’s designee’s decision regarding the existence of a disability, the denial of an accommodation, or the provisions of the accommodation plan by filing a written complaint with the Dean no later than 2 weeks following notification of the decision. The Dean’s decision shall be final.