Academic Support and Disability Services
The purpose of the Academic Support Office is to develop and implement programs and services at CCU that will enable students to succeed academically. Students may need help with one assignment, or they may run into an issue that is putting their semester in jeopardy. Any time a student is having a problem that affects their academics he or she should see the Academic Support Director. The Director will work with the student to individualize a plan of action to address the problem. Students who receive a Semester Warning due to low grades or who are on Academic Probation are expected to meet with the Director of Academic Support to develop a plan to get back in good Academic Standing. Students of any academic standing who want to improve skills and academic grades are welcome to come to Academic Support for assistance. All programs offered through this office are free to current students.
The following programs are available to meet the needs of students:
- Individual Academic Accountability Appointments – Students who are experiencing academic difficulties meet with the Academic Support Director on a weekly basis. At this meeting, the Director will meet with the student to identify problem areas, develop a plan of action, and improve skills.
- Short and/or Long Term Individual Tutors – Students needing tutorial services can receive assistance from the Academic Support Office. The Academic Support Office offers short-term or weekly individual tutoring sessions. These sessions are individualized to meet the needs of the student. The tutor may be the Director of Academic Support, a student worker or other knowledgeable person acquired by the Director (current student, professor or staff member).
- Mentors – The word mentor has come to mean a knowledgeable and dependable person who takes a direct and personal interest in helping another. Several members of the faculty/staff, and upperclassmen have volunteered to serve as mentors. Students interested in a mentoring relationship should contact the Academic Support Office.
- Disabilities Services Information – Students who have a diagnosed physical or learning disability that could require accommodations in the classroom (e.g. testing accommodations, note-takers, interpreters, etc.) must self-identify to the Academic Support Office and present documentation of the physical or learning disability. See the section on Disability Services for detailed information.
Students with disabilities who require assistance should contact the Director of Academic Support (513-244-8420).
Notification of Disabilities: It is the responsibility of the student to notify the school of his or her disability and to follow the process for requesting appropriate auxiliary services and academic adjustments.
- Students entering CCU should submit a written request for disability services to the Director of Academic Support prior to matriculation at Cincinnati Christian University. A current student who discovers the need for accommodations may submit a request at any point during his or her academic career.
- Along with the written request for services, the student must provide documentation of the disability. This documentation must be prepared by a medical doctor, psychologist, or other qualified diagnostician as appropriate.
- Complete documentation should include a diagnosis of the current disability, the date of this diagnosis, how the diagnosis was reached, the credentials of the diagnosing professional, how this diagnosis affects a major life activity, and how the disability affects the student’s academic performance.
- If available, the student should submit other documentation such as an Individualized Educational Program (IEP) or a section 504 plan from high school. CCU prefers these plans to be dated within the past three years of submission.
- Upon receipt of requests for assistance, the Academic Support Office may procure recommendations from a professional counselor or occupational therapist as appropriate.
- In all cases, the age of the student, thoroughness of the documentation, and adjustments being requested will assist in determining whether the evidence submitted is sufficient for eligibility. If more documentation is required, the student will be informed.
- Based on the documentation and evaluation, the Academic Support Office will notify faculty members each semester of specific auxiliary aids and/or academic adjustments that are to be granted.
- When a student’s documentation is lacking, insufficient or is considered outdated, it may be necessary to secure a new evaluation. The need for such an evaluation will be established by the college professional reviewing the request. In such cases, the student will be referred to a local physician or psychologist for evaluation. It shall be the student’s responsibility to secure the needed evaluation by sufficiently trained physicians or psychologists in order to receive disability services. Without the completion of this step, the college will assume no responsibility for providing requested academic adjustments.
- Students will be notified of their status (eligible, ineligible, deferred) after the college professionals have reviewed the documentation. If the student is ineligible or deferred, the notification letter will explain what is missing.
- If a student is determined eligible, then it is the student’s responsibility to make an appointment with the Director of Academic Support to discuss reasonable adjustments and accommodations. It is also the student’s responsibility to keep the Director informed of accommodations needed throughout the semester (i.e. test-taking accommodations, note takers, etc) so that arrangements can be made with the appropriate Professors in a timely fashion.
- In cases where either faculty members or students believe that the recommended auxiliary aids have been established in error, or where extenuating circumstances are present that are not adequately addressed in the documentation, an appeal may be made in writing to the Student Affairs Committee and submitted to the Academic Support Office.
- Students who have been granted adjustments and believe they are not receiving them should appeal in writing to the Student Affairs Committee and submit the letter to the Academic Support Office.
- The Student Affairs Committee will convene within two weeks of receipt of the request, unless during a holiday recess, and will notify the student of its determination within two weeks after their initial meeting. If necessary, the Student Affairs Committee may ask for additional information from the student in order to make a well-informed decision.
Director of Academic Support – Ray Horton
Office Hours: Monday – Friday during the day, other times are available by appointment. The Academic Support Office is located in the lower level of the Worship Building by the elevator.