The mission of the Office of Disability Services at Georgetown College is to partner with students, staff, and faculty to create a campus community that is equitable and sustainable for all of its members.

Through Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Georgetown College has a legal obligation to provide reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities.


Requesting Accommodations

Students requesting accommodations should contact the Disability Services Coordinator regarding their needs by emailing accommodations@georgetowncollege.edu.

The Disability Services Coordinator will schedule an intake meeting with the student, as the student is the primary source of information regarding their disability. While not transferrable, IEPs or 504 Plans from high school often offer helpful information in navigating the accommodations process.

In most cases, appropriate documentation is necessary to pursue accommodations. This documentation should be completed by the appropriate licensed medical professional (licensed physician, therapist, psychiatrist, etc.) and must: (1) establish the presence of a disability (a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits at least one major life activity) and (2) show the relationship between the disability and requested accommodation.

Accommodations are….

  • Individual. Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • Not retroactive. It is within the best interest of the student to seek accommodations early in the semester.
  • Fluid. If an accommodation is not meeting the needs of the student, the student can notify the Disability Services Coordinator and changes may be made.
  • Reasonable. A nexus must exist between the accommodation and the student’s disability. Accommodations should not fundamentally alter a program, cause undue hardship, or threaten the integrity of a course.

Academic Accommodations

For all academic accommodations, it is helpful for students to submit the following documents:

Please email accommodations@georgetowncollege.edu to schedule an intake meeting. All documentation can be sent to this email or mailed to Devin Harris-Davis, Disability Services Coordinator, 400 E. College St. Georgetown, KY 40324.

Housing Accommodations

All housing accommodations requests will be expected to be submitted 30 days before the start of the semester in order to provide the Housing Accommodations Committee with sufficient time to review the request and relay the accommodation to the Housing Office. For all housing accommodations, it is helpful for students to submit the following documents:

  • Request for Accommodations.pdf  – this form allows the student to provide information regarding their housing needs.
  • Disability Verification Form.pdf – this form should be completed by the appropriate licensed medical provider. Please note that if the housing accommodation is for a mental health disability, it is helpful to have a licensed mental healthcare provider complete this form.

Please email accommodations@georgetowncollege.edu to schedule an intake meeting. All documentation can be sent to this email or mailed to Devin Harris-Davis, Disability Services Coordinator, 400 E. College St. Georgetown, KY 40324.

For dining-related inquiries or accommodations, please email accommodations@georgetowncollege.edu to begin a discussion with our dining partner.

Emotional Support Animals (ESAs)

All ESA requests will be expected to be submitted 30 days before the start of the semester to provide the ESA Committee with enough time to review the request. In certain instances, requests may be approved mid-semester by the ESA Committee which meets once per month.

For all ESA requests, it is helpful for students to submit the following documents:

Please review GC’s ESA Policy for all handler information.

Decision and Appeals Process

After the intake meeting has taken place and all appropriate documentation has been received, the Disability Services Coordinator will make a decision regarding the request within 7 business days, unless additional information is requested. If the request is denied and the student disagrees with the decision, the student should first contact the Disability Services Coordinator to discuss his or her options. If the student is not satisfied with the outcome of the discussion with the Disability Services Coordinator and they wish to formally appeal the decision, they may contact the Associate Dean of Student Success.

Confidentiality

Student information and documentation will be kept confidential by the Disability Services Coordinator. In respect to the declared disability (or disabilities), a student’s name and residency assignment may only be given to the Director of Residence Life and the Director of Campus Safety for the purpose of identifying, locating, and assisting that student in an emergency situation. The student’s disability will not be listed on the Letter of Accommodation; however, the student has the option of signing the Release of Diagnosis waiver which allows the Disability Services Coordinator to reveal the student’s diagnosis to appropriate parties (faculty, Academic Success, etc.) if deemed necessary and beneficial to the student’s situation.


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