Accessibility Services


Accommodations? No Problem.

Accessibility Services is one of the support services provided by the Student Development Department. The University of South Carolina Beaufort believes academically-qualified individuals with disabilities should have equal opportunity and access to a quality college education. We are actively involved in fostering an environment that encourages full participation by students with disabilities in every segment of the university. Accessibility Services facilitates services and accommodations to meet the various needs of students with disabilities at the university, in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

All students must meet the same admissions criteria. Our office does not determine the acceptance of students to USCB. For further information on admission requirements, please contact Admissions at (843) 208-8055.

For information on Accessibility Services, please contact Counseling and Accessibility Services (843) 208-8375 or accessibility@uscb.edu.

Deidre Miller, M.Ed., NCC

Counseling and Accessibility Services Coordinator

 


843-208-8375
Fax: 844-204-7997
Deidre Miller, M.Ed.

Receiving Services

What you need to do to receive services:

  1. Self-identify to Accessibility Services.  Please complete the Accessibility Services Confidential intake form to begin the registration process for services.
  2. Email accessibility@uscb.edu to schedule an appointment. 
  3. Compile documentation of your condition/diagnosis and provide it Accessibility Services. You can find specific documentation requirements here. It is best to supply copies rather than originals.
  4. Meet with an Accessibility Services counselor (in person, through a virtual meeting, or by phone) to discuss your accommodation needs. 

What the Accessibility Services office will do:

  1. We will review the submitted documentation.
  2. We will meet with the student (in person or via virtual or phone) to discuss accommodation needs on campus.
  3. Accessibility Services counselor will write Academic Accommodation letter and email it to student with instructions.

Temporary Accommodations

COVID-19 Related Accommodation Requests

USCB will primarily offer in-person instruction in the 2021-2022 academic year. Most of the university's academic programs have essential in-person components. Remote participation can be approved as a reasonable accommodation if a student's disability makes them unable to participate in-person. Students eligible for remote participation are approved for 1 semester. Approval is contingent upon determining feasibility for the student's courses in collaboration with faculty. This accommodation is not intended to be used for multiple semesters in a row, nor to convert an in-person program into an all-virtual experience. 

  • Remote participation, if approved, is on a per-semester basis. Previously eligible students will not be automatically eligible for future semesters.
  • Students will not be considered for this accommodation for non-disability-related reasons, such as general population concerns about exposure to COVID-19, housing or living concerns, financial concerns, caregiving concerns, preference for online course modality, etc. 
  • To ensure timely processing of requests, you should submit your requests with supporting documentation no later than July 1 (for returning students) or August 1 (for incoming students). We will still consider later requests, but course delivery options may be limited past this deadline. 
  • Requests will require a letter of support from your healthcare provider. We encourage you to share our Remote Participation - Guide for Healthcare Provider (click here) with your provider. 
  • For students with CDC-recognized COVID-high-risk conditions: The description should include a holistic assessment of your health risks for being on campus, considering: your unique medical profile, the latest information on vaccine efficacy, and the university's safety practices. 
  • What conditions are considered high-risk by the CDC? The CDC provides guidance on health-related factors which may increase the risk of complications from COVID-19. The list of factors may evolve as information about COVID is discovered, so please visit the CDC coronavirus webpage for the most up to date and complete listing. Some of the high-risk conditions include:
    • Cancer
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Chronic lung diseases, including COPID (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma (moderate-to-severe), interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis, and pulmonary hypertension
    • Dementia or other neurological conditions
    • Diabetes (type 1 or type 2)
    • Down syndrome
    • Heart conditions (such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies, or hypertension)
    • HIV infection
    • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system)
    • Liver disease
    • Overweight and obesity
    • Pregnancy
    • Sickle cell disease or thalassemia
    • Smoking, current or former
    • Solid organ or blood stem cell transplant
    • Stroke or cerebrovascular disease, which affect blood flow to the brain
    • Substance use disorders
  • Request Procedures

Other Temporary Accommodations

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USCB recognizes that, similar to individuals with permanent disabilities, individuals with temporary injuries, recovering from surgery or with short-term medical conditions may need accommodations to access classroom, course resources and/or campus facilities. Temporary disabilities may include, but are not limited to, broken limbs, hand injuries, concussion or short-term impairment while recovering from surgery or medical treatments.

Missing a few classes or deadlines because of acute illness, such as flu, does not require formal accommodation, and you should be able to work directly with your professors to get back on track. We are, however, always here to consult or support you in your medical and/or academic recovery. 

For more information, check out the FAQ's page here