Access and Wellness

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Access and Wellness

The Office of Student Access and Wellness strives to facilitate community development through education, advocacy, and support services. We are committed to contributing to an environment that both respects and values member diversity and encourages self-advocacy and self-determination.

You can rely on University of the Rockies to provide equal opportunity access to a full educational experience, and reasonable accommodations will be granted to students who qualify and who have documented disabilities. In accordance with the Title IX, Part 34 of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, the University prohibits discrimination on the basis of a disability.

Support services for students with disabilities
Request disability accommodation
How does the University determine what documentation is required?
What kinds of disabilities are served?
What services are available to both online and campus students who qualify?
What services are available only to campus students who qualify?
Who do I contact?
Request forms
State and Federal Programs for students with disabilities
Promoting Education Awareness and Knowledge (PEAK) Initiative
Emergency assistance contact information
Health information updates

Support services for students with disabilities

The Office of Student Access and Wellness is committed to supporting the mission of University of the Rockies. This mission includes providing high-quality, accessible learning opportunities globally for diverse groups of individuals seeking preparation for life goals, professional practice, service, and distinguished leadership.

We will foster equal opportunities to student success through accessible educational programs, disability-related advocacy, faculty and staff education, and an enhanced awareness of individual abilities and contributions.

Students are responsible for disclosing disability information and requesting accommodation, in accordance with University requirements. Students who need assistance, even on a temporary basis, are encouraged to utilize the services available through the Office of Student Access and Wellness. For more information please contact us at access@rockies.edu or by phone at 866.621.0124 ext. 1001.

Request for accommodation based on documented disability

If you are requesting accommodation based on a disability, please make your request in writing using the Accommodation Request form and disclose your disability in accordance with University requirements. Accommodations are authorized by Access and Wellness professional staff through an interactive process, which includes a combination of the student’s account of disability or its impact, observations of the Access and Wellness professional staff member, and supporting documentation provided by the student. For more detailed information regarding documentation requirements, please refer to the University of the Rockies Academic Catalog, Section 2.

Please understand that accommodations are not retroactive and the determination of reasonable accommodation resides with Student Access and Wellness professional staff.

How does the University determine what documentation is required?

The University of the Rockies requirements for documentation are based on the Best Practices published by Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD).

What kinds of disabilities are served?

  • Permanently visually impaired (legally blind, with progressive vision loss, etc.)
  • Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Psychological / psychiatric disorders (bipolar, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), personality disorders, schizophrenia, etc.)
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Acquired or traumatic brain injuries, epilepsy
  • Autism, Asperger's Syndrome
  • Mobility (including paraplegia, quadriplegia, post-polio, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy or atrophy, spina bifida, etc.)
  • Other (including cancer, diabetes, ADD / ADHD, etc.)

This list is not exhaustive. If you have a disability that you feel would qualify you for services, or if you need assistance in determining if you may qualify, please contact access@rockies.edu.

What services are available to both online and campus students who qualify?

  • Disability-related advocacy and advising
  • Digital course materials provided in electronic format (e-text)
  • Course audio content and related activities provided in accessible format (captioned videos, transcripts, and/or live remote captioning)
  • Authorization of note taker and/or scribe for student coursework
  • Additional time to complete quizzes, exams and assessments
  • Additional time to complete assignments, projects and papers
  • Community referral and liaison

This list is not exhaustive. If you have a disability that warrants a particular accommodation not listed above, please contact access@rockies.edu to discuss this request with Student Access and Wellness professional staff.

What services are available to campus students who qualify?

  • Exam proctoring
  • On-campus housing coordination
  • Ergonomic physical adjustments, i.e. adjustable tables / chairs
  • Assistive technology (software / hardware)
  • Enlarged-type documents
  • Mobility assistance
  • Sound amplification

This list is not exhaustive. If you have a disability that warrants a particular accommodation not listed above, contact access@rockies.edu to discuss this request with Student Access and Wellness professional staff.

Who do I contact?

Student Access and Wellness professional staff can be reached at:
access@rockies.edu
phone 866.621.0124, ext. 1001
fax 866.853.2088

Concerns or complaints regarding your accommodations or services should be directed to:
Terence Brennan, Director of Student Affairs
Terence.Brennan@rockies.edu

Request Forms

Accommodation Request 
Alternate Media Request 
Disability Verification

State and Federal Programs for students with disabilities

State Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, States receive Federal grants to operate a comprehensive Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program. This State-operated program is designed to assess, plan, develop, and provide VR services to eligible individuals with disabilities, consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choices. By providing services in this way, the VR program enables individuals with disabilities to prepare for and engage in gainful employment. Vocational Rehabilitation services are funded by state government and are not affiliated with University of the Rockies.

Click here to read the Vocational Rehabilitation Fact Sheet.

Find the Vocational Rehabilitation Office in your area by visiting
https://www.disability.gov

The Vocational Rehabilitation & Employments (VR&E)
VR&E's primary benefit program is vocational rehabilitation services for veterans who have a service-related disability. To receive services, a veteran must be found both eligible and entitled. The outcome of these services leads to suitable employment that is consistent with the veteran's aptitudes and interests, or leads to the veteran achieving independence in his or her daily living. VR&E also provides Educational and Vocational Counseling for eligible service members, veterans, and veterans' dependents. The outcome of this counseling is assistance in the selection of an educational or vocational goal and assistance in the selection of training institutions where this goal may be pursued.

More information regarding VR&E

Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program (TTW)
The Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program is a federally funded avenue to employment for people with disabilities who want to join or re-enter the workforce. Millions of adults with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are eligible for a Ticket. The Ticket can be used to access employment services, vocational rehabilitation services, and other support services leading to self-supporting employment. Such services are provided at no cost to the individual.

University of the Rockies is not a TTW vendor; however, students and potential students who wish to utilize TTW may gain client status with their State Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (a Ticket to Work vendor) and choose to attend University of the Rockies as part of their Vocational Rehabilitation plan.

More information regarding TTW

Promoting Education Awareness and Knowledge (PEAK) Initiative
Emergency assistance contact information
Health information updates

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