- Peer orientation and guidance through the Student Outreach Services (SOS) program.
- Academic assistance through the Center for Academic Excellence.
- Seminars/workshops in time/money management in college, stress management, talking to your advisor, writing for college, study skills and reading comprehension.
- Specific accommodations for students with documented physical or learning disabilities.
- Wynn software to assist students in reading writing, studying and comprehension.
- College Success course for first-year students.
- Individual or small-group tutoring for specific needs.
- Available study rooms in the SSS office.
- Office supplies for student use such as free fax, copies, transparencies, paper cutter, three hold punch, etc.
- Professional counseling for academic, career and personal concerns.
- Supplemental Instruction (SI) for students taking historically difficult classes.
- Laptop checkout and preferential use of computers in the Center for Academic Excellence.
- Cultural opportunities such as tickets for the Civic Center productions and visits to museums.
- Preparation and visits to graduate schools.
These student support services are provided in Hoffman-East free to Central College students who qualify for the program.
Disability Services offers the following services:
- Coordination of classroom accommodations:
- Note takers
- Extended time for tests
- Testing assistance via a scribe or computer technology
- Alternative testing environment free of distractions
- Computer use for testing and note taking
- Referrals to appropriate campus resources
- Advocacy with campus personnel
- Assessment of services needed
Requesting academic accommodations:
- Submit current documentation from an appropriately licensed professional (within the past three years) describing the disability to the Director of Disability Services. The documentation should state the accommodations that the students will need at the postsecondary level. The student should then meet with the Director of Disability Services to review/discuss the student’s strengths and weaknesses and requested accommodations.
- Together the student and Director of Disability Services will complete an accommodation request form that will be discussed with the student’s academic advisor and each of the student’s professors. The request form will state the recommended accommodations. This form will need to be completed at the beginning of each semester. After the student discusses the requested accommodations with each professor, the student returns the form to the Disability Services Office and it is filed in the student’s file.
- Some accommodation requests may dictate that the student, Director of Disability Services and the course professor collaborate to identify an accommodation that will meet the needs of both the student and professor.
- If a student encounters problems with college personnel concerning accommodations, the student should bring the concerns to the attention of the Director of Disability Services. If the Director is unable to resolve the concerns, the Disability Committee consisting of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Assistant Director of Academic Affairs, and the Disability Coordinator will meet to discuss the situation.
- It is the student’s responsibility to self-identify that he/she has a disability. Central College expects students to take an active role in communicating their needs. Students should inform the College of their disability as soon as possible—preferably before the semester begins or during the first or second week of the semester—or being diagnosed.
- It is the student’s responsibility to provide professional documentation of his/her disability. (Costs associated with diagnosis, evaluation, and testing are the responsibility of the student.) This evaluation needs to have been compiled by an appropriately licensed professional and should describe the current impact of the disability as it relates to the appropriate accommodation request. Documentation must be current within the last three years. Documentation must be submitted to the Office of Disability Services before an accommodation is sought.
- It is the student’s responsibility to request the accommodations he/she needs. Requests must be made in a timely manner in order to evaluate them and offer the necessary accommodations.
The program may deny the accommodations if they fundamentally alter the program, lower standards or are unduly burdensome financially or administratively.