Disability Services: Reasonable Accommodations
Reasonable accommodations are defined as adjustments or modifications to an academic course, program, service, activity or facility that enable an individual with a disability to have an equal opportunity to attain the same level of performance or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges as are available to a student without a disability. Offering reasonable accommodations is one of the requirements of the Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Accommodations are designed to meet student needs without fundamentally altering the nature of the College's instructional programs. They are individually determined. Requests for exceptions to accepted curriculum policies or other academic-related issues are referred to the Provost.
Determination of reasonable and appropriate accommodations is dependent upon the nature and/or degree of the documented disability. Accommodation decisions are based on the student’s documentation, the student’s request for accommodations, and the tasks required for the student’s courses as defined by individual faculty members. Again, accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis.
Examples of commonly requested classroom accommodations for disabilities:
- Extended time on exams
- Exams taken in an environment with reduced distractions
- Peer note-takers
- Sign language interpreters
- Substitution of foreign language requirement
- Preferential seating
- Alternative textbooks