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Academic Accommodations

Academic accommodations are defined as all adjustments, alterations, and/or modifications that allow a student with a documented disability or impairment to have equal access to university programs and activities.

Registering with the Office of Disability Services

Before you can request academic accommodations, you must first register with the Office of Disability Services by providing documentation of your disability.  Documentation will be reviewed within five business days.

We reserve the right to request additional information, should the documentation provided be insufficient in diagnosing and describing the disability or in providing enough information to determine academic accommodations. We are not responsible for ensuring academic accommodations for students who identify themselves only to faculty and not directly through the Office of Disability Services.

In order to register with the Office of Disability Services the student must complete the following steps:

  1. The student must self-identify to the Office of Disability Services.
  2. The student must provide current and complete documentation.  Documentation will be reviewed within five business days during the academic year.  For information on what constitutes as current and complete documentation for specific disabilities, please visit https://www.bentley.edu/campus-life/health-and-wellness/disability-services/documentation.
  3. The Office of Disability Services will review the documentation within five business days and has the right to:
    1. Contact the evaluator for clarification
    2. Request more documentation for the purpose of clarification
    3. Approve/deny recommendations due to supporting data
    4. Complete this process in a timely manner
  4. The student must schedule a registration appointment with the Office of Disability Services by calling 781.891.2004.
  5. The student must fill out an intake form, sign the confidentiality agreement, and complete an interactive process with the Office of Disability Services while registering and requesting accommodations.
  6. If eligible for services, the student and the Office of Disability Services will complete an accommodation plan (students are provided assistance in putting their accommodations in place).
  7. Once this process is complete, the student will then be a registered student with the Office of Disability Services and have the ability to receive academic accommodations dependent on individual evaluations and recommendations.
  8. The student is responsible for submitting their acccomodation plan to their faculty within one week of receipt.
  9. Students are required to give faculty one week's notice to set up accommodations.
  10. If a student does not have documentation but there is reason to suspect a disability is present, students are referred to an outside agency for an evaluation.

 

Types of Academic Accommodations

Course Accommodations

Course accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

  • Note sharer support
  • Permission to tape-record lectures (pending faculty approval)
  • Sign language interpreter
  • Assistive listening devices (e.g., FM listening device)
  • Materials in enlarged print

Exam Accommodations

Exam accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

  • Additional time to complete exams, quizzes, and/or in-class writing assignments
  • Quiet, distraction-reduced testing location. This does not imply private testing, but a greatly reduced number of students present.
  • Reading assistance (e.g. reading the test questions out loud to the student, placing the exam on tape, explaining extraneous vocabulary, clarifying test questions and rewording test questions)
  • Use of hand-written responses, rather than computerized answer sheet
  • Use of computer or word processor for essay questions
  • No penalty for spelling mistakes or use of portable spell checker
  • Use of a calculator in the classroom 
  • Permission to take exams in sections (e.g. one page at a time)
  • Oral rather than written exam
  • Scribe
  • Verbatim text reader
  • Exam rescheduling when more than one exam is scheduled on the same day

Additional Academic Accommodations

Additional academic accommodations that are available may include, but are not limited to:

  • Early registration
  • Reduced course load
  • Audiobooks
  • Speech magnification software (e.g., ZoomText)
  • Text-to-speech software (e.g., Natural Reader)
  • Speech-to-text software (e.g., Dragon Naturally Speaking)