Student Accommodations and Resources

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I. Writing Centers

Professional and peer tutoring are available at the Writing Centers, located at the Downtown and the Georgetown campuses. The tutorial sessions address common issues with reading, writing, English for Speakers of Other Languages, and college study skills. Students can either schedule an appointment or drop in unannounced. This free tutorial service is open to all Corcoran degree-seeking students. For more information, please contact Nolana Yip, director of the writing center, at nolana_yip@corcoran.edu .

II. PEER MENTORING PROGRAM

The Corcoran College of Art + Design understands that an undergraduate student’s first semester can be intimidating. Through the Student Peer Mentoring Program, students are given a jump-start during the semester to studio and scholastic endeavors through academic preparation, career exploration, cultural awareness guidance, conflict resolution guidance, and service learning projects. This exposure will enable students to cope with the pressures of student life, gain self-management skills, and gain an appreciation for studio and academic excellence. For more information, please contact the coordinator of peer mentoring program at peermentoring@corcoran.org .

III. RELIGIOUS ACCOMmODATIONS (SEMESTER OR LONGER)

In efforts to support our students, regardless of religious affiliation, in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations, the Corcoran makes every effort to accommodate a student’s religious background, except when such accommodation(s) would create undue hardship.

An undue hardship can occur when a student’s requested accommodation would require significant expense or difficulty for the Corcoran, or would result in the inability of the student to perform an essential function in their course/program of study. The determination of undue hardship is dependent on the facts of each individual situation. Regardless of any granted accommodation (religious or otherwise), students are responsible for fulfilling all academic objectives, requirements and prerequisites as determined by their instructor and the Corcoran.

Process

Students must fill out the Request for Accommodation form and give the form to the chair or program director. The student and their chair or program director should discuss what a reasonable accommodation should include in his or her specific case. The student should be prepared to speak candidly with their instructor which may include personal and/or cultural information.

Upon a reasonable accommodation and mutual agreement, the form is then sent to the Office of Student Affairs and implemented. If there is no consensus on a reasonable accommodation, they should then speak with the dean of students for a resolution suitable for both parties.

IV. Disability Support

The Americans with Disabilities Act became law in July 1990. Section 504, referred to as the “Civil Rights Act” for people with disabilities, mandates that “no otherwise qualified handicapped individual shall, solely by reason of his or her handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination, under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” The Corcoran is committed to upholding the legal, ethical, and philosophical principles of the Americans with Disabilities Act by providing reasonable accommodations and by making admission decisions without regard to disabilities. The Corcoran is not required to provide all comprehensive accommodations requested by the student. Also, receiving services and accommodations at another college or university does not necessarily qualify students for the same services and accommodations at the Corcoran.

Process

Students are encouraged to disclose any disabilities during the first semester at the Corcoran, but can do so at any point while enrolled at the College. Accommodations can only be given after disclosure from the student and will not be applied retroactively. The learning specialist will work with students with disabilities and their instructors to choose the most appropriate accommodations. To be eligible, the student must complete the registration form and a copy of his or her documentation verifying his or her disability to the Office of Student Affairs.

Accommodations are decided by considering the following: student’s Self Report via registration form, interaction with the learning specialist, and formal documentation of disability as reported by a physician, mental health professional, or otherwise qualified service provider. The learning specialist will consider any information (including but not limited to your description of your needs; records of past accommodations and services from high school, other college state or high stakes testing; formal psychological or medical evaluations, letters from past health, education or service providers) when evaluating requests for accommodation. Students must request accommodations every semester while enrolled at the Corcoran. Students are also responsible for requesting their accommodations directly from their course instructors on an as-needed basis once they are formally registered with Disability Services. If you need a test proctor, please provide the learning specialist with one week advance notice, to allow for room scheduling and hiring of proctors.

Examples of possible accommodations the Corcoran can provide are:

  • Permission to use an audio recorder, mp3 recorder via Smartphone (student provided), or assisted listening device in lectures
  • Handouts of commonly used vocabulary or terms distributed in selected academic classes
  • Examination accommodations, including extended time, audio format, low distraction test-setting, and/or permission to use of a computer for typing
  • Preferred seating at lectures
  • Residence hall accommodations
  • Written instructions for studio assignments
  • Provision of sign language interpreters
  • Priority registration
  • Permission to use books on tape, note-takers (e.g., obtaining a copy of another student’s notes), or other designated learning aids as appropriate and provided by the student
  • Referrals to peer tutors and other specialized services inside the Corcoran are made available to all degree students at no cost
  • Referrals to professional tutors and other specialized services outside the Corcoran, to be available at the student’s own expense
  • Learning Specialist services

NOTE: The Corcoran Downtown Campus has no parking lot and not access to parking.

The ADA does not require colleges to provide personal assistants, individual personal assistants, individual personal tutors, or personal assisted technology. The Corcoran will refer students to agencies that can provide personal assistance whenever possible. BFA programs are full-time and sequential for all four years. Academic requirements must be met successfully before a student may advance to other sequential courses. Accommodations will not reduce academic expectations or standards, or eliminate essential components of any course and are provided to ensure equal access tot he student's instructional program and will not alter the academic standards of the institution, but will ensure that the needs of students with disabilities are reasonably met. Finally, accommodations are not retroactive. Students and their families are advised to carefully evaluate the Corcoran’s program and available accommodations before deciding to enroll, as all responsibility to obtain and continue using assistance rests with the student once he or she enters the Corcoran’s degree program. The student is expected to act as his or her own educational advocate.

V. Career Services

The Office of Career Services’ mission is to equip students and alumni with the knowledge, skills and resources needed to navigate the job market successfully. Career Services offers a variety of services and resources to help students and alumni further their goals in their chosen career paths including:

Individual Career Counseling

A career counseling appointment is a great way to start a conversation about what is important to you and explore your options and strategies. Students may schedule individual appointments with the Career Services Specialist by sending an e-mail to careerservices@corcoran.org .

Internships

An internship offers experiential learning outside of the classroom in a professional setting. Career Services can help you to secure an internship site and assist you in the registration process.

Workshops + Programs

Career Services offers various workshops and special programs on many professional development topics. Additional services include: an up-to-date online job database, grant, competition & residency information, graduate school advising, an extensive library featuring books on hundreds of professional development topics and more.

The Office of Career Services is located at the downtown campus within the Office of Student Affairs. Individual appointments can be arranged by contacting Career Services at careerservices@corcoran.org .