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The university welcomes applications from all qualified students. We do not discriminate in admission or access to any of our educational programs or activities on the basis of race, color, sex, marital or parental status, age national or ethnic origin, religion, or disability. Students with disabilities are fully integrated into the Bentley community.

The Admission Committee evaluates each applicant's potential for success as demonstrated by academic performance, standardized test scores, extracurricular involvement, and recommendations. Untimed standardized test scores are acceptable if students qualify according to the testing service's guidelines.

While there are no special admission procedures for students with disabilities, you may wish to submit any documentation regarding your disability with your admission application. The decision to identify a disability is a personal one and some individuals choose not to do so until after admission decisions have been made. Regardless of whether you identify your disability during or after the admission process, it will in no way adversely affect the admission decision. 

Please note that if you submit your documentation during the admission process, you will need to submit your documentation again to register with the Office of Disability services. The Office of Undergraduate Admission does not pass your documentation on to us.

How to Register

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 accommodation 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.

Documentation

To receive academic accommodations and support services through the Office of Disability Services, you must first register with our office by providing current documentation submitted by a licensed or certified diagnostician or medical professional. This documentation must be a comprehensive assessment including recommendations, rationale for accommodations, and recommendations for treatment.  Please also include your high school accommodation plan, as well as confirmation of accommodations used with SAT or ACT (if applicable). The office will review submitted documentation 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.

Requirements and general guidelines for providing documentation are listed below.

In addition, we recommend that if you have a medical condition, you should contact the Center for Health and Wellness, where nurse practitioners and part-time physicians can help you maintain your health.

General Documentation Requirements 

Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder 

General Documentation Requirements

These requirements are intended for but not limited to: psychiatric/psychological disabilities, physical disabilities (hearing and vision), mobility/orthopedic disabilities, systemic disorders and medical conditions, and temporary disabilities.

Your documentation must:

  • All reports should be conducted by a qualified professional in the area of diagnosis and should be typed in English on letterhead, dated and signed
  • Be current (date of documentation depends on diagnosis)
  • Clearly state the diagnosed disability or disabilities
  • Include complete educational, developmental and medical history relevant to the disability 
  • Describe the current impact and functional limitations resulting from the disability or disabilities
  • Include a list of all test instruments used in determining the diagnosis
  • A thorough interperative summary of testing results
  • Describe the specific accommodations requested
  • Adequately support each of the requested accommodations

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Documentation Requirements for Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) 

A full neuropsychological assessment is required for all learning disabilities and is highly recommended for a diagnosis of ADHD.  We will also review another format of assessment for ADHD which includes diagnostic testing, interperative summary of results and impact of functioning.

Documentation must meet the following criteria:

  • All reports should be conducted by a qualified professional (see below) and should be typed in English on letterhead, dated and signed.
    • Clinical or educational psychologist
    • Psychiatrist
    • School psychologist
    • Neuropsychologists
    • Learning disabilities specialist
    • Medical doctor with demonstrated training and experience in the assessment of learning disabilities and/or ADHD in adolescents and adults
  •  Current (testing generally has been completed within the past 3-4 years).
  •  Comprehensive: 
    • Summary of a diagnostic/clinical interview
    • Assessment of the major domains of cognitive and academic functioning (ex. psychometric assessment- aptitude/cognitive ability, academic achievement, areas of cognitive and information processing, and any other measure deemed appropriate by the evaluator)
    • List of tests administered, including all standard scores
    • Expert interpretation of the results including test scores
    • A clear diagnosis and statement of disability
    • Discussion of the functional limitations and academic functioning levels
    • Recommendations with a rationale

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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)