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What is the Spectrum of Knights Autism Program?

Housed within the Personalized Learning Center, Marian University's Spectrum of Knights (SOK) Autism Program is a fee-based program that provides individualized support and guidance to students on the autism spectrum. The program allows students to work one-on-one with Marian University's Autism Coordinator, Hannah Melton, who will guide and coach students from their first year on campus through graduation.

The Spectrum of Knights strives to create a more inclusive campus environment for autistic students. We hope to serve the Marian and greater Indianapolis community by providing education on neurodiversity.

Program Highlights (more info)

Social Engagement

Spectrum of Knights focuses on the development of student’s social skills by actively engaging within the Marian University community. Examples of specific supports include:

  • Peer mentorship program
  • Sensory reduced social programming
  • Early move in to residence halls and continued residence life support 

Academic Support

Spectrum of Knights supports student’s individual academic success by creating a group that aids and supports collegiate learning. Examples of specific supports include:

  • Specialized orientation program
  • Study tables with peer tutor
  • Liaison meetings with faculty and staff

Life and Professional Skills Development

Spectrum of Knights prepares students for post-college life by focusing on students' individual, professional, and interpersonal skill development. Examples of specific supports include:

  • One-on-one coaching with Autism Coordinator
  • Cohort workshops
  • Mock interviews and resume development

"Having the Personalized Learning Center and Autism Program on campus will allow students to recharge their brains, meet others in a similar situation to them, and work with professors in a place that is comfortable for them."

Cam Davison, Class of 2021

Additional Campus Resources

Marian University is dedicated to providing an education distinguished in its ability to prepare transformative leaders for service to the world. Some of our campus support systems include:

  • Peer Tutoring Program: This program enables you to receive tutoring by academically exceptional students recommended by their professors. You can drop in for as little or as long as you would like.
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  • Writing Center, Language Lab, and Speaking Studio: These are all excellent opportunities for you to get assistance with planning, writing, proofreading, and polishing your public-speaking skills.
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  • Center for Academic Success and Engagement (CASE): The center can help improve your time management, test-taking skills, and study habits. CASE’s staff can help you to develop strategies for more academic structure and monitor your progress.
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  • Student Success Seminars: These are offered throughout the semester to help students better understand learning styles and to help develop strong critical thinking skills.
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  • Counseling: Transitioning from high school, being away from home, living in a residence hall with a roommate, and generally adjusting to the freedoms and responsibilities of college life can be challenging. We offer free counseling sessions through our Office of Counseling and Consultation Services.
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There is no charge for standard accommodations and services associated with the Personalized Learning Center. There will be an additional fee for the Autism Program, which is a specialized program within the Personalized Learning Center. 


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