Students with learning disabilities must provide the The Learning Center with documentation that meets general documentation guidelines established by this office. Described below is a preferred documentation profile for individuals with learning disabilities who are requesting accommodations or academic support services. This type of documentation not only validates the presence of a disability under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, but is most useful in providing information to support educational planning and anticipate future accommodation needs. All documentation will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

The student is responsible:

  • To show proof of a learning disability.
  • For the cost of testing and documentation.
  • If necessary, for the cost of supplemental evaluation and assessment if the documentation is incomplete.

Eligibility for Services

Students with learning disabilities may be eligible for special services after submitting a “Request for Accommodations” form and then completing registration with The Learning Center and provide:

  • Certified, appropriate, legal documentation of testing from a qualified professional specialist (licensed physician, psychiatrist, educational psychologist—qualified to diagnose learning disabilities).
  • Recent documentation of the learning disability completed within the last three (3) years.
  • The testing report that includes tests administered with scores; diagnosis; how the individual’s learning processes are affected; and a narrative report including recommended classroom accommodations.

A Qualified Student with a Learning Disability:

  • Must first meet Vanguard’s academic admissions requirements.
  • Be able to function independently and advocate for him or herself.
  • Put the request for accommodations in writing.
  • Provide recent and appropriate legal documentation of the learning disability completed within the last three (3) years.
  • Register each semester with the The Learning Center.

Responsibility of the Student in Receiving Accommodations:

  • Submit a “Request for Accommodations” form to the The Learning Center.
  • Meet with the Director of Learning Skills to submit legal documentation of a learning disability before or within the first two weeks of the semester.
  • Once eligibility has been established, agree to the Educational Plan and deliver the “Accommodation Letters” to all professors and follow up with a conversation.
  • Maintain contact with professors to ensure that accommodations remain in place.
  • Meet with the Director of Learning Skills as scheduled.

Decisions Regarding Requested Accommodations

Accommodation requests are to be put in writing and submitted to the Office of Learning Assistance. Decisions regarding requested accommodations are made by the Director of Learning Skills on a case-by-case basis upon review of the student’s documentation file. All information and documents are confidential.

Support Services Not Provided:

  • Vanguard does not provide diagnostic testing services for a learning disability.
  • Grade tracking is not a part of special services offered at Vanguard.
  • Providing accommodations for students with learning disabilities is not to alter the fundamental nature of a course, course requirements, program, or degree.

Grievance Procedure

A student who has submitted a request for accommodations in writing and who wishes to appeal the decision or submit a complaint may do so in writing to the Director of Learning Skills. The student may expect an acknowledgement of the appeal within five (5) days. The Director of Learning Skills will then take the appeal to the Provost for a review of the appeal and for a final decision. The student may expect a written response of the final decision within ten (10) days.