Disability Resources

We are committed to creating a welcoming, accessible, and inclusive learning environment for all students.


  • About DISABILITY RESOURCES

    creating accessible learning environments

    St. Kate’s values diversity of all kinds, and considers disability another aspect of diversity. It’s our goal to address barriers to full participation in the academic and co-curricular experience—online and on our two campuses.

    Students meet with our staff to plan appropriate accommodations and identify campus and community resources that may be beneficial. The process is flexible and guided by each student's history, experiences and disability documentation. If you are a prospective student, contact Disability Resources staff early in your college planning.

    Disability Resources staff have experience working with students impacted by many conditions, such as learning disabilities, chronic medical issues, ADD/ADHD, traumatic brain injury, psychiatric conditions, Autism spectrum disorders, hearing and vision impairments and more.


  • available services

    resources and support for students with disabilities

    The services and accommodations through Disability Resources are individualized and determined on a case-by-case basis.

    These services may include, but are not limited to:


  • Classroom accommodations
  • Test accommodations
  • Access to books and other course materials in alternative format
  • Weekly meetings with Disability Resources staff
  • Sign language interpreters
  • Use of assistive technology
  • Clinical accommodation planning
  • Referral to campus and community resources
  • Disability accommodations for resident students
  • Screening for learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD
  • Get Started

    how to access services

    The first step to working with Disability Resources is to contact our office to schedule an initial meeting. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with Disability Resources.

    All students are welcome to discuss their academic concerns with Disability Resources.



After your consultation, appropriate disability information and verification will be gathered from healthcare providers using these forms. Your past academic experiences, records of past accommodations and services used in high school or at another college/university will be considered, along with formal documentation, letters from healthcare, education or service providers.

Once documented information has been received, you will work with staff to collaborate on appropriate accommodations and resources for each course. You will receive accommodation letters to distribute to faculty members, and it is your responsibility to deliver them if you want to use the recommended accommodations. We encourage you to talk with faculty members about the accommodations and their implementation.

You are welcome to consult with Disability Resources staff at any time regarding accommodation issues, problem-solving or any other concerns.

  • accommodations

    providing access and equal opportunity

    An accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a course, program, service, job, activity, or facility that enables a qualified student with a disability to have an equal opportunity.

    Accommodations are determined through conversation between the student and Disability Resources. Each individual student and each class may require different accommodations. The accommodations must be reasonable and cannot fundamentally alter the nature of the course.


Below are some typical accommodations—the list is not exhaustive as accommodations are individually determined.

  • Alternate Format Reading Materials — Students whose disability impacts their reading may request course reading materials (textbooks, handouts, syllabus, lab manuals) in an accessible format. Examples of alternative formats are Braille, enlarged text, and text in audible format. We can also scan texts into electronic formats to be used with the Kurzweil reading software program.
  • Classroom Notetaking — If students' disabilities interfere with their ability to take effective notes for class, a notetaker may be requested. Another student in the class is selected and paid to provide a copy of lecture or lab notes for the student with a disability. The notes are intended to supplement the notes of the student, who must be in attendance and participating in the class for which the notes were taken.
  • Alternative testing — Students may need a distraction-reduced testing environment or extended time for exams. We also offer taped or Brailled exams, use of adaptive equipment such as a computer, screen reader or text enlarger and alternative test dates.
  • Interpreters, CART services and Assistive Listening Systems for Deaf/Hard of Hearing students
  • Preferential seating
  • Housing Accommodations
  • Clinical or fieldwork Accommodations
  • Assistive Technology—this includes Kurzweil 3000, Dragon Naturally Speaking, JAWS, Zoomtext, and Smart Pens.

These services are available once you are registered with the Disability Resources Office. For additional assistance, please contact us.

Disability Accommodations for Resident Students

It is our goal to ensure all students are provided the opportunity to participate fully in the residential experience at St. Catherine University. Students requesting disability accommodations for the residence hall will work with Disability Resources staff. Request forms and verification forms should be directed to the Disabilities Resources office in the O'Neill Center. Disability Resources staff will then partner with Residence Life to find the best housing solutions for each student.

Process

  1. Complete the Disability Accommodation Request Form for Resident Students and return it to Disability Resources by March 1 for current students and June 1 for new students. We cannot guaranteed preferred space outside of these deadlines. This is the first step in requesting residence hall accommodations.
  2. When a student’s disability and/or requested accommodation is not readily apparent, verification from a reliable third-party (e.g., physician, psychologist, or other medical professional) must be provided. If your disability and/or need for the requested accommodation is not obvious, you may choose to also submit the appropriate Verification for Residence Accommodations Form along with the request form.
    • Verification for Residence Hall Accommodations
    • Verification for Residence Hall Accommodations – Support Animal
  3. Consult with Disability Resources to assess the need for additional information
  4. Disability Resources and Residence Life will make accommodation plans in conjunction with the student

Please send your forms to the following office:

St. Catherine University, Disability Resources
Mail Station #4152
2004 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105

Fax #: 651.690.6718

Additional Steps for Emotional Support Animal

The following steps must be completed prior to bringing an emotional support animal on campus:

  1. Read and fully understand the Emotional Support Animal Policies.
    Once the need is verified by Disability Resources Personnel:
  2. Schedule a meeting with Residence Life to discuss and complete the Residence Life Housing Agreement Addendum for student with Emotional Support Animals. Please also bring with you:
    • Emotional Support Animal Roommate Agreement Form
    • Picture of your animal (please email it to residencelife@stkate.edu)
    • Provide proof of vaccination and pertinent medical documentation

Please submit all of your emotional support animal request forms and paperwork to: St. Catherine University, Disability Resources

Mail Station #4152
2004 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105

Fax #: 651.690.6718

For questions or additional information contact:

Disability Resources Office

Lisa King, lbking@stkate.edu, 651.690.6706

Jody Hoffman, jlhoffman@stkate.edu, 651.690.6882

Current Students

If you are a current student and you already have a Disability Accommodation Request Form for Resident Students on file with the Residence Life Office, you do not need to complete another form for subsequent/future years until, unless your needs have changed. Current students whose requests have been approved will be contacted in March and early April to select specific accommodations before general room selection.

Depending on the needs of the student, we can either scan a textbook onto a disk or send a textbook out to be taped. This process is governed by copyright law, and it generally takes about two weeks.

Additionally, the documentation must be based on medical, psychiatric or psycho-educational diagnosis provided by a licensed professional impacting the ability to maintain focus on printed material compromising reading rate and/or comprehension.*

Policies

  • The student must request their text to be provided in an alternative format in a timely manner
  • The student must provide either the textbook or proof of payment for the textbook
  • The textbook must be required by a course in which the student is registered
  • Students will have access to their Kurzweill 3000 account while they are actively working with Disability Resources

In order to provide appropriate accommodations, Disability Resources will need information about how your disability impacts you as a learner. For example, does the disability affect your ability to read, write, communicate, participate in ‘discussions,’ attend meetings, utilize technology, etc.? You may want to provide us with additional information regarding assistive technology, auxiliary aids or services that have previously proven effective in the on-line/hybrid environment.

Follow the procedure outlined above in “How to Access Services.” Please don’t delay contacting our office if you have concerns about ‘appropriate’ documentation. Your past academic experiences, records of past accommodations and services used in high school or at another college/university will be considered along with formal documentation, letters from healthcare, education or service providers.

  • our policies

    view our privacy, grievance and conduct policies


All disability-related information including documentation, correspondence, and accommodation records are considered confidential. Access to disability-related information within St. Catherine University is on a need-to-know basis and only for the purpose of assuring equal access or reasonable accommodations. Student Disability Resources will not release disability records or other information to any outside entity. Students may request for information to be released to specific persons or agencies by signing a Release of Information form.

All students, including students with disabilities, are subject to the St. Catherine University Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct is in Le Guide and applies to all University environments.

If a student has a concern about a disability-related issue or feels that she/he has experienced discrimination because of a disability, there are both internal and external channels for addressing the complaint. The University strongly encourages the use of an informal complaint resolution process for all students.

In this process, the student is encouraged to speak directly to the faculty, staff member, or student involved in the issue or concern. If this is not possible, the student may continue the process by talking to a department chair, a supervisor, a staff member from a disabilities resources office, or the assistant dean of students.

If the complaint is not satisfactorily resolved, the student should use the University’s formal grievance process. This process is described in detail in Le Guide, and the student should consult the appropriate sections for academic and non-academic grievances.


  • information for faculty and staff

    collaborating with Disability Resources

    Faculty play a crucial role in providing access for students with disabilities and in welcoming these students to the college campus. The Disability Resources staff are here to assist faculty and staff as well as students.


All professors are encouraged to include a syllabus statement regarding students with disabilities.

“St. Catherine University values diversity and inclusion. The University recognizes that disability is an aspect of diversity. Our goal is to create learning environments that are usable, equitable, inclusive and welcoming.

“If there are aspects of the instruction or design of this course that result in barriers to your inclusion or to accurate assessment or achievement related to your disability, please notify me as soon as possible.

“You may contact Lisa King or Jody Hoffman in Resources for Disabilities in the O’Neill Center at 651-690-6563 for further information about academic adjustments or accommodations.”

Faculty members may refer a student to us if they suspect that a disability may be interfering with the student's abilities in class. In this case, an access consultant can meet with the student to determine if Disability Resources can provide support. Interim accommodations may be an option for students with suspected disabilities.

The O'Neill Center offers space for alternative testing. We have limited space for make-up exams, so faculty are encouraged to explore other options for make-up exams if at all possible.

No make-up exams are allowed at the O'Neill Center during finals week, and only documented students will be allowed to take finals at the O'Neill Center during finals week.

An Alternative Test Cover Sheet should accompany each test. This is important so that we will administer the test the way you desire. It also includes directions on how you would like the test returned to you. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 651-690-6563.

Requirements:

  • For students with disabilities, make sure they have contacted our office. You should receive a letter of accommodations at the beginning of each semester if the student is planning to access alternative testing.
  • Make-up testing is an agreement to be worked out between the student and the instructor.
  • Instructors need to deliver test material and instructions to the O'Neill Center prior to test date.
  • If the test needs to be in alternative format, the test should be delivered to the O'Neill Center at least 4 days prior to the test date. This allows us time to convert the test to the alternative format.

Testing is by appointment only. Please remind students to call the center at 651-690-6563 to arrange a test time.

  • get in touch

    contact disability resources

    St. Paul Campus
    Coeur de Catherine | Room 21 | 2004 Randolph Avenue
    St. Paul, MN 55105 | Mailbox# 4253
    651.690.6563
    oneill_center@stkate.edu

    Minneapolis Campus
    Education Building | Room 369 | 601 25th Avenue South
    Minneapolis, MN 55454
    651.690.8160