Student Tutoring and Accessibility Resources (STAR)

Student Tutoring and Accessibility Resources (STAR)

Welcome to the Student Tutoring and Accessibility Resources (STAR) web page of Spartanburg Methodist College. STAR’s mission is twofold: to provide students at SMC with the tools and resources to be successful not only academically but in life and to provide equal access to the college’s academics, programs, and activities for students with disabilities. This is accomplished through the department’s Tutoring Services office and Accessibility Resources office.

Tutoring Services

Free tutoring services are available to all SMC students. SMC students (peer tutors) and online tutoring are available in all subjects.

  • Study Groups: arranged weekly during the academic semester (check your email for a list of scheduled groups). To arrange a Study Group, contact Steven Jeter.
  • One-on-one assistance: SMC Student Tutors are available in a variety of subjects. Sessions dates/times are posted on the bulletin board outside of Walker 102. Sign-ups are first-come, first served.
  • Scheduled weekly appointments with peer tutors: Contact Mr. Jeter to set up a weekly appointment with specific tutors.
  • NEW! FREE Online Tutoring via Upswing! Live tutoring with a Coach who is an EXPERT in your subject area. Log on to Spartanburg Methodist College’s online tutoring portal to get started.

Accessibility Resources (AR)

Spartanburg Methodist College is committed to ensuring equal access for persons with disabilities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended (ADAAA).

Disability Definition

The term "disability" means, with respect to an individual:

(A) a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual;

(B) a record of such an impairment; or

(C) being regarded as having such an impairment (as described in paragraph (3)).

What are “Major Life Activities”?

In general, major life activities include, but are not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working to include the operation of major bodily functions.  Major bodily functions includes but is not limited to, functions of the immune system, normal cell growth, digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive functions.

How Do I Apply for Accommodations at SMC?

        Chronic Medical Disability

        Students with chronic medical conditions should also complete the Chronic Medical Disability Form; if the student has a seizure disorder such as epilepsy or a condition that is seizure-like in nature, the student and his/her medical provider(s) or treating professional(s) should also complete the Medical Action Plan Request Form.

            Special Housing Accommodations for a Disability

            Students who need special housing accommodations related to a disability or medical condition should complete the Special Housing Accommodations for a Disability Form.

            Requests for Service or Assistance Animals

            Students may request a Service or Assistance Animal as an accommodation for a disability through Student Accessibility Resources. Please see the Service and Assistance Animal Policy for SMC. The forms to request to have an assistance animal in campus housing or to register to have a service animal on campus are below.

            COVID-19 Special Housing Accommodations

            For students who have the serious underlying conditions as stated by the CDC and who would like to request special housing related to COVID-19, please complete the COVID-19 Special Housing Request Form.

            Testing Accommodations/ Guidelines

            Students who are registered with Accessibility Resources and have testing accommodations for a disability are welcome to take tests in the Accessibility Resources testing areas.

            • Requests to take tests in AR must be received from the student at least 2 business days prior to the test.
            • The student must also ask the professor about taking the test in AR.
            • Students must leave all items that will not be needed in the testing room with Accessibility Resources staff. This includes, but is not limited to, book bags, laptops, cell phones, books, notebooks, etc.
            • The student must take the test at the same time as the class is testing. If doing so would pose a problem because the student has a class right after the class in which a test is being given, arrangements may be made to start the test early or take it later the same day. STUDENTS MAY NOT START A TEST, LEAVE FOR CLASS, AND THEN RETURN LATER IN THE DAY TO COMPLETE THE TEST.
            • Students should start the test at the scheduled time; taking the test later than the scheduled time in order to study some more is not equal access.

            To request to take a test in Accessibility Resources, please complete this test request form.