Concordia Theological Seminary

Student Disability Accommodation

Consistent with its mission to form servants in Jesus Christ who teach the faithful, reach the lost and care for all, Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, Indiana, is committed to providing equal access to its programs for all qualified students. The Seminary strives to provide reasonable accommodation for students with disabilities to ensure their access to and participation in Seminary programs as determined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

CTSFW students are assisted individually as their needs dictate. It is the responsibility of students with disabilities to identify themselves and the nature of the disability. Once admitted, but at least six weeks prior to matriculation, entering students requesting accommodation should submit a formal request to the Coordinator of Disability Services at the Registrar’s Office. Current students should submit a formal request as early as possible, but at least six weeks prior to the beginning of the quarter for which accommodations are requested. Later submission of documentation may result in a delay in implementing any accommodation.

In support of the formal request, students must submit relevant, current documentation of a disability from a qualified professional who is not related to the student and who practices in the area in which the disability is diagnosed. Documentation from qualified professionals should be written on the professional’s letterhead. Guidelines for appropriate documentation should include:

  • a description of the diagnosed disability, including duration and severity;
  • assessment of how the diagnosed disability will affect the student academically;
  • recommendations concerning academic accommodations;
  • recommendations concerning housing accommodations should the student wish to stay in residential housing.

It may be helpful for the student to provide a history of accommodations from prior educational institutions they have attended.

The Coordinator of Disability Services, in consultation with the Academic Dean and Dean of Students, will determine the appropriate reasonable accommodation, if any. Students must meet with the Coordinator of Disability Services at least six weeks before the beginning of every quarter/summer session to continue the appropriate reasonable accommodation being provided to them.

The Coordinator of Disability Services will ensure that all disability-related documents are kept confidential and will only be shared with Seminary and medical personnel on a need-to-know basis. Grievances concerning reasonable accommodation should be directed in writing to the Coordinator of Disability Services.

Barbara Wegman
Veterans Affairs Certifying Official
Coordinator of Disability Services for Students

As printed in the 2015/16 Academic Catalog, Page 81.