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Disability and Special Needs Accommodations

Consistent with its mission to educate people for varied Christian ministries in church and society, Garrett- Evangelical Theological Seminary is committed to providing equal access to its programs of graduate professional education for all qualified students with learning, physical, medical or psychological conditions. Section 50 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Accordingly, the Seminary aims to provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disability to ensure their access and participation in Seminary programs.

Once admitted to Garrett-Evangelical, but at least six weeks prior to matriculation, entering students requesting accommodations should petition the Office of the Dean of Students. Current students should petition as early as possible, but at least six weeks prior to the beginning of each semester in which accommodations are requested. Late submission of documentation may result in a delay in implementing any accommodation plan.

In support of the written petition, students must submit current, relevant documentation of a disability from a qualified health professional. The Associate VP of Enrollment Management or Academic Dean may forward these materials to an educational consultant with special training in disabilities who will suggest appropriate action to the Seminary.

If you have any questions, please contact the Dean of Students office:

Rev. Dr. Cynthia A. Wilson
Assistant VP of Student Life & Dean of Students
Cynthia.Wilson@garrett.edu
847.866.3936

Writing Center and Proofreaders

Writing Center

The Writing Center is located on the first floor of 300-Pfeiffer in the Women's Center. Students can schedule times to meet with the director of the writing center, Dr. Diane Capitani for assistance with content, structure, and stylistic editing for required coursework and degree-work.

Proofreading

The Student Proofreaders at Garrett-Evangelical offer free proofreading to any current Garrett-Evangelical student for required coursework and degree-work (theses, dissertations, mid-point reflections, etc.). They can assist with punctuation, word choices, spelling, basic sentence structure, and citations. The proofreaders do not edit or critique content. If you would like assistance with editing, content, or structure, please contact Dr. Diane Capitani in the Writing Center at diane.capitani@garrett.edu. For more information about the proofreaders, please contact Krista McNeil, Administrator for Academic Affairs, at 847.866.3903 or krista.mcneil@garrett.edu

The United Library

The United Library is the academic library of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Bexley Hall Seabury Western Theological Federation, Inc. It was established in 1981 by the merger of the two collections and is now owned by Garrett-Evangelical. With the physical collection of about 400,000 print volumes, 600 periodical subscriptions, and other materials including microfilm reels, DVDs, and CDs and the online access to numerous databases and e- books, the United Library is considered as one of the top theological research libraries in the United States. Collection distinctives include rare book collections in the Methodist and Anglican traditions, ancient Near Eastern studies and biblical archeology, rare Bible collections with several outstanding first editions, and manuscript and archival collections including Garrett-Evangelical institutional records, personal papers, and church archives of the United Methodist Church Northern Illinois Conference.

In addition to collections, the United Library offers ample space for study, meetings, and rest with conference tables, group study rooms, private study carrels, and sofas in the lounge. The library is equipped with public computers, laptops for check out, printing/copy machines, and the state-of-art book scanner which has been highly praised by the community. As a response to the changing needs of the diverse community, the library presents a variety of programming - library research and technology workshops for students and programs for families including children’s story time - throughout the academic year.

The United Library also shares a common catalog with Northwestern University Library. Garrett-Evangelical students have borrowing privileges at Northwestern and can take advantage of its 5 million volumes and 14 terabytes of unique digital content.

Through the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS), Garrett-Evangelical students also have borrowing privileges at all of the libraries in the ACTS consortium. This means our students have, in addition to Northwestern University, access to more than 2.1 million books, 5,500 currently received periodicals, electronic media and modern language laboratory facilities.

Transcripts

You may now request transcripts online through the Parchment Exchange portal using a credit card. Go to the Parchment site and if it is your first time you can create a new account. On subsequent visits, you can use the account you created previously. Follow the steps to search for your recipient, select electronic or physical transcripts, and pay with a credit card. Your card will not be charged until your transcript is processed.

Alternatively, you may request a transcript by completing the Transcript Form and mailing or faxing it to the registrar. Your signature is required. Requests cannot be taken over the phone.There is a $7.50 processing fee charged for each copy. In an emergency, a transcript may be faxed for an additional $3.00, in addition to the $7.50 mailed copy.

Mail the form to:

Registrar's Office
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
2121 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60201

Or, fax it to:

847.866.3884
Attn: Registrar's Office


 

Apostille Service for Transcripts

The registrar’s office is willing to submit an apostille request on the student’s behalf when needed.  Transcripts needing an apostille are notarized on campus and then submitted to the Illinois Secretary of State for certification.  Additional information can be found below.

Because the apostille requires special handling, transcripts needing the apostille cannot be requested through our online portal. To request a transcript with apostille, complete both a Transcript Request Form as well as the Application for Apostille and submit both forms via mail to the registrar’s office. Include a check for $7.50 payable to Garrett-Evangelical, a check for $2.00 payable to Secretary of State, and a self-addressed stamped envelope. A pre-paid Express Mail, Priority Mail, FedEx, or UPS envelope may also be used. These may be addressed directly to the intended recipient.

Application for Apostille

Certifying Official Documents for Foreign Use (brochure)

Certificado Oficial de Documentos para Uso en el Exterior (folleto)