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Counseling & Accessibility Services

Students may seek counseling for mental illness, depression, stress, anxiety, family and relationship difficulties, grief and loss, substance use, poor academic performance or a particular life situation.  Students may be referred to the counselor by any individual on campus who has observed changes in the student’s personal appearance, mood, or behavior. In situations where the students safety or others safety is in question, counselors will share information with key campus personnel and make referrals as necessary. In situations where a student would benefit from more intensive services, the student will be referred to a community based provider.

 

Please complete this survey upon receiving services from the Counseling & Disability Office at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology:

Counseling Services for TSCT Students

 

Students with Disabilities who wish to request accommodations are required to disclose to the Counselor/Disabilities Coordinator. It is recommended that students disclose before May 1 to allow time to arrange for accommodations, and to schedule a Transition Interview prior to the start of their first semester.  Specific documentation is required to document a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the 2009 Amendment Act. (ADAAA).  Documentation must be current, and provide evidence of a disability that affects a major life activity.  Further students may be diagnosed with a disability, but must also be “otherwise qualified” for their program of study. Otherwise qualified is defined by ADA as able to perform essential skills with or without accommodations.  Therefore, specific accommodations may be cited in provided documentation; but not considered reasonable, as accommodations in college may not alter the pace, content or essential skills required for a course or program of study.

 
 

Students/Applicants with Disabilities

Deadline for Submitting Documentation for COMPASS Placement Assessment and for the following fall is May 1st. Please allow 2 weeks for review and response.

Transition Interviews are scheduled with students after they have been admitted to the college.

Documentation must be provided prior to the interview.

 
Disability Documentation is protected under HIPPA and FERPA and should be shared directly with

the Disabilities Coordinator.

 
Key Facts:
  • The student must make the request, not the parent
  • The college via Disability Office determines reasonable accommodations
  • Disability documentation is very specific (see below)
  • Disability information is confidential and shared only on a Need to Know basis.
  • Students with disabilities must be “otherwise qualified” and able to perform essential functions  with or without accommodations
  • Accommodations are not retroactive.
  • Accommodations may not be provided without written approval from the Disability Office

Students requesting accommodations or services due to a disability are required to submit  documentation to determine eligibility in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of  1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Amendment Act of 2009.

 

Documentation:
  • Must include a specific diagnosis (Ex. a specific learning disability in reading),
  • Must state how the disability substantially limits a major life activity, such as learning
  • Must cite accommodations that are appropriate for the disability with supporting rationale ( Note:  Accommodations may not alter pace, content, academic level, or essential skills)
  • Must include objective data regarding aptitude, achievement, IQ, information processing, and  standard test  scores that reflect current level of ability (Ex: Reading comprehension is 10th gr level)
  • Must reflect a current need
  • Must be completed by a professional such as a psychologist, or medical professional
  • May need to include medical clearance if the student is entering a “Safety Sensitive” Program

Types of documentation accepted, but not limited to

  • IEP and Evaluation Report or Psychological
  • Letter from a physician
  • Discharge Summary

Meet Your Counselor

Debra Schuch, ATR, NCC, LPC 

Counselor/Disabilities Coordinator

Phone: 717-299-7408 | Fax: 717-391-1360

E-mail: schuch@stevenscollege.edu

(email is preferred contact)

 
Located in Room 101 in
the Hartzell Building 
      

Disclosure

Disability information is protected information; therefore, the student must disclose and personally request accommodations.   Further, individuals within the campus community are only informed of a student’s disability on a “need to know” basis.  As accommodations are provided through coordination with various offices and individuals on campus, the student signs a service agreement acknowledging their responsibilities and the procedure for obtaining accommodations.  The provision of accommodations is confirmed through the signed Approved Accommodations Form (Click Here) that is taken by the student to each instructor and service provider as is appropriate at the start of each semester. 
 
 
Counseling & Accessibility
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This survey is completed by first year freshman in the spring.
You can use login code 12345 to access the sample.  
 
 
 
Counseling Resources
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Promoting emotional health and preventing suicide
 
 

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Accommodations for Students
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This form is completed at the beginning of each semester by the accessibility coordinator while meeting with the student requesting accommodations.  The student then takes a copy of the completed form to his or her current instructors to document what accommodations have been approved. This serves as a formal notification to the instructor, and cites the responsibilities of the student to maintain accommodations.  Without this form accommodations may not be available,  unless the requested accommodations is something that is offered to an entire class or group.

This document describes the possible accommodations while attending TSCT.

In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Amendment Act of 2009, students at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology with documented disabilities may request special housing accommodations .
 

Students with documented disabilities are eligible for reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Amendment Act (ADAAA).

Download this form for the Grievance Procedure handout. 
 
Substance Use, Abuse and other Addictions
Suicide Prevention/Resources
Withdrawal, Recovery and Supports
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local agency provides information on various treatment providers, and support services