Accessibility Support and Accommodation Process
Students with physical, medical, psychiatric, and learning disabilities are eligible to utilize Accessibility Services to arrange for reasonable accommodations and seek ongoing support. Students interested in receiving accommodations must follow the academic, housing, and meal plan accommodation and documentation processes described on the Center for Wellness website.
Academic Accommodation Process
Appropriate services and accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis. Students with questions about eligibility for services are encouraged to contact Disability Services.
Responsibilities of the Student:
- Disclose student's disability by completing the Disclosure Form.
- Provide Accessibility Services with appropriate medical, psychological, psychoeducational, or neuropsychological documentation, indicating his/her disability, resultant functional limitations, impact of the disability in a post-secondary environment, and any recommended accommodations.
Submission of documentation is not the same as the request for services or accommodations.
- Schedule an intake appointment with Accessibility Services to discuss psychiatric/medical/academic history, strengths, previous modifications, and to determine reasonable accommodations.
After meeting with Accessibility Services, it is the student's responsibility to meet with professor(s) to discuss logistics of any accommodations.
- Meet with Accessibility Services each semester to request accommodations. The student should bring a copy of his/her class schedule if it is available. The deadline to request accommodations is three weeks prior to the last day of classes each semester.
What is a Reasonable Accommodation?
- A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a course, program, service, or activity that enables a qualified student with a disability to obtain equal access.
- Equal access means an opportunity to attain the same level of performance or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges as are available to a similarly situated student without a disability.
- Essential elements of courses, programs, and activities must remain intact.
How to Set Up Accommodations with Faculty
Students are not required to disclose their specific disability.
- The student will receive the Accommodation Memo by email.
- The student should forward the email to all of their professors and set up a time to meet with each professor.
- At the meeting, the student will discuss the logistics (for example extended time for tests, date, time, location) for their accommodations.
- The student should refer their professors to The Center for Wellness regarding any questions about the accommodation process (617-989-4390 or firstname.lastname@example.org).