Dickinson College is committed to ensuring that all programs, services, and facilities are accessible to all students on a non-discriminatory basis. The Office of Disability Services (ODS) facilitates equal access and reasonable accommodations to all qualified students with documented disabilities. Students with disabilities are considered for admission to Dickinson College on the same basis as all other applicants. Once admitted, students may request services in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title III of the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.
Disability Disclosure and Documentation
At times, students may seek to submit documentation to faculty members, or to request accommodations directly from their instructors without an accommodation letter. All requests for academic accommodations based on a disability must be made directly to the Office of Disability Services so the Director can for review and verify the appropriateness of the student's documentation and determine reasonable accommodations.
Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
Students must set up an appointment with the professor of each course for which they are seeking accommodations. These meetings should occur as early in the semester as possible to fully facilitate the prompt implementation of accommodations. It is also important to note that, under disability compliance law, students may submit documentation and be determined to be eligible for accommodations at any time in the semester, as long as they have provided sufficient notice for implementation.
During the meeting between students and faculty, students are to present their accommodation letter and discuss implementation of the accommodations, including which one(s) they will be in need of for each specific class and, for testing accommodations, who will facilitate the accommodation-the professor or ODS. All of this information is to be entered onto a blue Accommodations Implementation Plan form to be signed by both the student and professor. The student is to return this form to Disability Services within 3 days of the meeting (and, for students requesting proctoring, at least five working days before any exams that they would like to have proctored). Professors should email email@example.com to confirm any out-of-class test-taking arrangements. Students are informed that accommodations are not granted retroactively, and sign an understanding of the accommodations process as outlined here.
It is important that professors keep all information regarding a student's disability and his/her identity confidential, unless the student indicates an interest in making his/her disability known to others.
Some students have the accommodation of a note-taker. Students using this accommodation should bring to their professors a Memo to Faculty Regarding Note-Takers that explains the process and provides professors with a script to read to elicit a volunteer; as well as a Note Taker Application. Professors should review the notes of prospective note-takers before selecting one. The chosen note-taker would simply take class notes, and then go to ODS in Biddle House to scan the notes. A copy of the notes will then be sent to the recipient without the note-taker knowing who the notes are for. Instructions for faculty, an email-ready solicitation message, and the note-take application can be found on the ODS website.
Meeting the Language Requirement
Dickinson College does not waive the language requirement for students with disabilities. All students must demonstrate proficiency in a second language through the intermediate level. Two alternatives to spoken languages have been approved by the faculty: Latin and American Sign Language (not currently taught at Dickinson). Students may meet the language requirement for a Dickinson degree (with the exception of INBM and INST majors) by successfully completing four semesters of Latin (or demonstration of proficiency at the intermediate level), or by obtaining proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL) at the intermediate level. Students wishing to pursue coursework in ASL can get more information by going to the ASL to fulfill the language requirement web page.
Sample Syllabus Statement
Faculty members are expected to include the following sample syllabus statement as a basis for informing students with disabilities about College procedures for disclosing a disability and receiving accommodations:
Accommodating Students with Disabilities
Dickinson College makes reasonable academic accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Students requesting accommodations must make their request and provide appropriate documentation to Disability Services in Biddle House. Because classes change every semester, eligible students must obtain a new accommodation letter from Director Marni Jones every semester and review this letter with their professors so the accommodations can be implemented. The Director of Disability Services is available by appointment to answer questions and discuss any implementation issues you may have.
Disability Services proctoring is managed by Susan Frommer at 717-254-8107 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Address general inquiries to Stephanie Anderberg at 717-245-1734 or email email@example.com.
Guidance and resource information for students with disabilities is available on the ODS web site. Guidance for Faculty is located on the ODS Faculty Resources page and includes logistical and legal protocols for accommodating students with disabilities at the postsecondary level, information about a variety of disabilities, and answers to frequently asked questions on how to implement accommodations at Dickinson.