Academic Services

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Student Disabilities Services
Graceland University Writing Center
Library Services


Student Disabilities Services

Graceland University is committed to full compliance with the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As part of the implementation of this law, the university will continue to provide reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities so that they can participate fully in the university’s educational programs and activities. Although Graceland is not required by law to change the fundamental nature or essential curricular components of its programs in order to accommodate the needs of disabled students, the university will provide reasonable academic accommodations.

Students with physical disabilities are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Disability Services in Zimmermann Hall before classes start or as early as possible. The office will work with the course instructor and the student to arrange for reasonable accommodations. Students are required at their own expense to provide documentation verifying disability.

The general definition of a student with a disability is any person who has “a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person’s activities, and any person who has a history of, or is regarded as having, such an impairment.”



Graceland University Writing Center

The Graceland University Writing Center provides a supportive environment and attentive assistance to all Graceland students. The Writing Center serves students’ writing needs by acting as a resource for improving their particular writing assignments or the general quality of their writing skills.

Staff are available to help all graduate students. Online students can arrange an online appointment by sending the paper to The Writing Center will call the student's preferred phone number (or use Skype) and the session will proceed just as if the student and tutor were in the same room.

Flexible scheduling is offered -- evening appointments are possible if needed.

Contact Francis Acland (, Tracee Knapp (, or call 641-784-5077.



Library Services

Dr. Charles F. Grabske, Sr. Library, Independence Campus

The Library staff is known for providing a welcoming atmosphere for oncampus and online students.
Lee A. Williams, MLIS, AHIP, Library Director

Library Hours
Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
(816) 423-4705 or 4706

Articles can be ordered if they are not owned by the Library. The Library belongs to a network of cooperating medical libraries nationwide to provide inter-library loan services to students and faculty.

Grabske Library offers:

  • An automated online card catalog (LIBBIE) to help you gain access to the books, journals and audio visual materials.
  • Online databases with full-text articles and journals in print
  • Reference assistance
  • Document delivery for inter-library loan
  • Online video tutorials for distance students
  • 562 Health-related journal titles in holdings
  • 2000 Electronic health-related journals in databases

Online databases:

  • CINAHL with full text
  • The Cochrane Library
  • Health Source (Nursing Academic)
  • Pub Med
  • OVID Total Access
  • Science Direct College Edition

Other library figures and facts:

  • Member of the National Libraries of Medicine and DOCLINE since 2001
  • Member of the Health Sciences Library Network of Kansas City
  • Have 6 library student computer workstations
  • Full-time reference librarian with AHIP credential from the Medical Library Association
  • Full-time assistant librarian
  • Staff handles over 4000 article and reference requests from students, faculty and staff in any given year
  • The Library fills over 1000 article requests from member libraries in a year

Community of Christ Library at the Community of Christ Temple

Seminary students may use the CoC Temple Library resources as well as resources from other seminary and theological schools. Temple library hours are M-F 8-noon; 1:30-4:45 p.m. Database searches can be conducted offsite. Refer to the website for additional information: