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.
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:
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.
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.
These services are available once you are registered with the Disability Resources Office. For additional assistance, please contact us.
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.
Please send your forms to
St. Catherine University, Disability Resources
Mail Station #4152
2004 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105
The following steps must be completed prior to bringing an emotional support animal on campus:
For questions or additional information contact the disability resources office at 651.690.6563.
If you are a current student and you already have approval for an emotional support animal your documentation will be valid for their entire length of your animal stay, unless or until your needs have changed. If you are seeking approval for a different animal, new verification will need to be completed. 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.*
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.
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.
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.
“Julie Olson Rand or Joan Robson in Disability Resources 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.
Testing is by appointment only. Please remind students to call the center at 651-690-6563 to arrange a test time.
St. Paul Campus
Coeur de Catherine | Room 21 | 2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105 | Mailbox# 4253
Education Building | Rooms 367 & 371 | 601 25th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55454
651.690.8160 (Joan Robson, Access Consultant)
651.690.7848 (Disability Resources - Room 367)
651.690.7745 (Testing - Room 371)