Disability Support Services Policy
New Brunswick Theological Seminary (NBTS) policy is to ensure that no qualified student with a disability is denied the benefits of, excluded from participation in, or otherwise subjected to discrimination in any Seminary program or activity. In response to a request made by a qualified student with a documented disability, the Seminary will provide reasonable accommodation and academic adjustments necessary to afford the student with a disability with the opportunity for full participation in Seminary programs.
The Associate Dean of Student Services coordinates services for students with permanent and temporary disabilities, with the goal of addressing the individual disability needs of students while upholding the academic integrity and standards of NBTS. In order to receive appropriate accommodation and academic adjustments, students with disabilities must identify themselves to the Dean. Medical documentation outlining the disability and its duration, as well as the student's limitations and anticipated needs, is required to assist in arranging appropriate accommodations. It is the student's responsibility to obtain proper documentation and arrange an assessment meeting with the Office of Student Services.
After appropriate documentation has been obtained the Seminary is responsible for determining appropriate academic adjustment. A letter of accommodation (LOA) will be written by the Associate Dean of Student Services which includes the required accommodations and Rights and Responsibilities of both the student and professor. Both parties will sign the letter and a copy will be secured in the office of the Associate Dean of Student Services.
A student with a disability whose request for accommodation has been denied may appeal the decision of the Dean of Student Services by petitioning the Dean of the Seminary in writing within 15 days of being informed of the Dean of Student Services decision. The petition should include the original request, information about the accommodation offered by The Dean of the Student Services, if any, and the reasons that the student feels the accommodation offered does not adequately meet his/her disability needs. The Dean of the Seminary will inform the student of his/her decision within 10 days. The dean's decision is not subject to appeal.
For more information about services to students with disabilities, or to file a complaint about disability access, please contact Joan Marshall at 732-247-5241 ext. 121.