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Students with Disabilities

Bennington College provides reasonable accommodations to otherwise qualified students with documented disabilities when such accommodations are requested and necessary to ensure equal access to College programs and facilities. This is in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008 and similar state laws. A “disability” is a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits a major life activity, such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working, or other activities as defined by law.

Bennington College does not offer programs or courses specifically designed for students with disabilities. However, in addition to reasonable accommodations, the College offers all students a variety of support services such as peer writing and math tutors, faculty advising, academic advising, and health and psychological services. These services along with small classes, a focus on the individual and easily accessible faculty creates an environment where students thrive and learn to take increasing responsibility for their own education, their own work, and their own lives.

The assistant dean for academic services works with students, faculty, staff, and administrators to provide or arrange for reasonable accommodations based on disability. The assistant dean also endeavors to assist students in becoming effective self-advocates and to facilitate an inclusive, supportive campus atmosphere that fosters respect and promotes independence.

Contact: Laurie Kobik, Assistant Dean for Academic Services, 802-440-4400, fax: 802-440-4876

students: disability accommodations

  • Requesting accommodations

  • Academic accommodations

  • Housing and meal accommodations

  • Service and assistance animals

  • Class attendance

  • Grievance and appeals processes