All students with disabilities are encouraged to work with the assistant dean for academic services to request reasonable accommodations and discuss the various supports available. However, the disclosure of a disability and a request for accommodations is an individual choice and one that the College can encourage but not require. Therefore, students wishing to apply for accommodations for documented disabilities, whether permanent or temporary, must take the lead in completing the Disability Accommodation Request Form, which is mailed to all students upon acceptance to the College and available at any time online or in the Academic Services Office or the Dean’s Office. Students are expected to work cooperatively with the assistant dean for academic services to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations. The assistant dean for academic services works with students, faculty, and staff to determine, provide, and arrange for reasonable accommodations, which are reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis.
Reasonable accommodations do not negate requirements for successful completion of a program, course, service and/or activity; adherence to College policies and procedures; or adherence to the College’s community and student conduct standards. Accommodations are considered unreasonable if they (1) fundamentally alter the nature or operation of the College’s programs, services, or activities, (2) cause undue burden to the College, or (3) pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others.
Requests for accommodations can be made at any time; however, in order for accommodations to be approved prior to the start of the term, completed forms and documentation must be submitted by June 1 for fall term and January 15 for spring term (these dates vary for Master of Arts and Postbaccalaureate programs). Requests made after the deadlines or during the term will be reviewed and determined as quickly as possible. Housing assignments are made for the full academic year; therefore, housing requests from new students made after the June 1 deadline may be more difficult to fulfill. Current and returning students should see the housing accommodations [provide link] section for applicable housing request deadlines.
Accommodations are not retroactive; accommodation requests granted after the beginning of a term will not apply to previous work in courses for that term or previous terms. If students require attendant care services, they must make arrangements to provide for their own. The College does not assume the coordination or financial responsibilities for attendant care services.
Once accommodations have been approved, students will receive confirmation in writing and are responsible for communicating with faculty and staff about approved accommodations and working with them to make arrangements for accommodations with support from the assistant dean for academic services, as needed. Students are also responsible for communicating with faculty and the assistant dean about the effectiveness and delivery of the approved accommodations. The assistant dean for academic services will work with students to ensure access to approved accommodations following appropriate review and will assess the efficacy of the accommodations provided.
Requests for accommodation must be as specific as possible and normally must be accompanied by the Documentation of Disability form or an equivalent report (e.g. a copy of a psychoeducational evaluation). Completed forms and supporting documentation should be forwarded or provided to Laurie Kobik, Assistant Dean for Academic Services, 802-440-4400.