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Counseling & Disability Services

Jerry Cassiday, Counselor & Disability Services Contact

Student Counseling

Chadron State College offers confidential counseling services free to all students, including full and part-time students and online students at CSC’s Student Health Services, located in Crites Hall. Licensed counselors are available to help you with difficult life situations and transitions.

  • Appointments or walk-in sessions can be accessed by contacting Jerry Cassiday (CSC Licensed Counselor) by phone at 308-432-6268 or at Crites Hall 011. You can also contact Dana Sparks (Health Services Medical Assistant) in the Student Health Services office at 308-432-6232 or at Crites Hall 009 to schedule an appointment.
  • For urgent assistance, please call 308-430-4593.
  • For emergencies, please call 9-1-1.

Benefits of Counseling

Counseling can help students who are making difficult personal choices, going through periods of transition, dealing with feelings of depression or discouragement, seeking behavior changes, or dealing with other difficult life circumstances.

Counseling can build self-understanding and enhance the ability to make responsible and healthy academic and personal life choices.

Counseling Staff at CSC’s Student Health Services are committed to promoting the academic and personal development and success of CSC students.

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Disability Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section #504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Disability Services Contact Person coordinates CSC’s efforts to provide full access to educational, cultural and other programs sponsored by the college for any differently-abled, qualified student.* This includes, but is not limited to: individuals with low vision/blindness, hearing deficits, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or other head injuries, emotional or mental illness, and individuals with specific learning disabilities. This is not an exhaustive list as there are other conditions that can constitute a disability.

CSC is committed to providing and assuring an accessible learning environment to all students. For questions regarding Disability Services or to apply for accommodations, please contact Jerry Cassiday the CSC Disability Services Contact Person. (Office: Crites Hall 011, Phone: 308-432-6268, Email: jcassiday@csc.edu) From mid-May to mid-August, please direct inquires to Aaron Prestwich, Executive Director of Student Affairs. (Office: Crites Hall 337, Phone: 308-432-6280, Email: aprestwich@csc.edu).

*Section 504 defines a ‘qualified student’ as a student with a disability who meets the academic and technical standards requisite for admission or participation in the institution's educational program or activity.

How Does a Student Receive Services?

There are various factors involved in determining a student's eligibility. To receive services and accommodations at CSC or to get information regarding eligibility for services, a student must notify the institution's Disability Services Contact Person and initiate the process for determining eligibility for accommodations.

Sufficient Documentation Must:

  • Provide a clear diagnostic statement of the student’s condition
  • Be current. Timelines for documentation to be considered current may depend on the specific diagnoses.
  • Provide relevant educational, developmental, and medical history;
  • Describe the comprehensive testing and techniques used to arrive at the diagnosis.
  • Describe the functional limitations (i.e. does the diagnosed condition create a substantial limitation of a major life activity, such as learning?
  • Recommend specific accommodations supported by the diagnosis and functional limitations.
  • Establish the professional credentials of the evaluator.

Chadron State College has the right to deny any request for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary services if the documentation demonstrates that they are not warranted, or if a student fails to provide appropriate documentation.

The cost of obtaining documentation is the responsibility of the student. If the initial documentation is incomplete or inadequate to determine the presence of a disability and reasonable accommodations, CSC has the discretion to require additional documentation, which cost is also the responsibility of the student.

Timelines: A student may apply for accommodations at any point in the semester, but such accommodations may not be applied to coursework retroactively. Therefore, for students who wish to seek accommodations, we encourage them to contact the Disability Services Contact Person before classes start or as soon as possible after diagnosis.

General services for students with disabilities include: academic counseling, consulting with faculty regarding educational needs of students, community referrals, information on community resources, assistance with arranging tutoring, and evaluating assessments and other documentation to determine reasonable accommodations, and other general guidance that may help promote student success.

The purpose of accommodations is to allow the student to demonstrate his or her knowledge of the subject matter rather than measure the disability. Accommodations are not provided to lower program and/or class standards, but to “level the playing field” and prevent intentional or unintentional discrimination against persons with disabilities. The College has the right to maintain its academic requirements and standards.

Differently-abled students have the following rights and responsibilities:

Student Rights

  • to an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from courses, programs, or services;
  • to an equal opportunity to work and to learn, to receive reasonable accommodations, and/or auxiliary aids and services; and
  • to expect all disability-related information to be treated as confidential and the assurance that all disability-related records are maintained separately from college records; and
  • to receive appropriate accommodations in a timely manner.

Student Responsibilities

  • provide current documentation of a disability to the CSC Disability Services Contact Person;
  • meet qualifications and maintain essential institutional standards for courses, programs, services or activities;
  • initiate all requests for accommodations and services and to request accommodations at the beginning of each semester or in as timely a manner as possible;
  • maintain clear and open communication with instructors and the CSC Disability Services Contact Person; and
  • meet academic standards required for admission or participation in any educational program, as well as adhere to the CSC student code of conduct.

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