With the influence of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), individuals who may not have previously been able to access higher levels of education are able now able to attend college, often with great success. The goal of academic accommodations is to provide these students with a “level playing field” with students who may not face these challenges.
All responsibility for the request of accommodations and notification to faculty begins with the student. Students receive a letter outlining their approved accommodations, which they should present to faculty in a timely manner.
- New applications for accommodations are submitted to the Disability Coordinator; currently Lori Clapis, whose office is located on the first floor of Wheaton Hall. The application and supporting medical and testing documents are reviewed within 10 days by the Disability Council. (Deans, Counseling Center, Health Center, and administrative staff)
- The student meets with a Disability Council member to learn which accommodations were granted and to obtain an embossed letter documenting their accommodations including an expiration date.
- Students should present their official letter to the professors in whose classes they choose to utilize their approved accommodations, preferably at the start of the semester, but absolutely not less than 10 days before they need their accommodations in place.
- It is the responsibility of the student to secure an updated letter upon expiration of the current one by meeting with the Disability Coordinator.