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For students to access their legal accommodation plan they must:
- Provide you with an official academic accommodation plan completed by Disability Services
- Accommodations should not be provided without this plan
- Communicate with you to confirm relevant academic accommodations
If students request accommodations but do not have a completed plan by Disability Services please refer them to our office for a consultation
You are encouraged to include a statement in your syllabus informing students that they must meet with Disability Services and receive an official academic accommodation plan at the beginning of each semester to access their accommodations:
Bentley University abides by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 which stipulate no student shall be denied the benefits of an education solely by reason of a disability. If you have a hidden or visible disability which may require classroom accommodations please make an appointment within the first four weeks of the semester. Disability Services (781.891.2004) is located within the Office of Academic Services, Jennison Hall 336. Disability Services is responsible for managing accommodations and services for students with disabilities.
Students who request exam accommodations are instructed to maintain good communication with their instructors:
- Students should request exam accommodations at least one week in advance of their exam
- Students are informed that late requests may not be able to be honored
- Students should work with their faculty to determine the logistics of their accommodations
- This may entail beginning the exam before class, finishing the exam after class, or completing the exam on a different time of day
Students registered with our office can inquire about using the Test Room only if they are unable to work out exam accommodations with their instructor. Due to high demand during peak times (midterms, finals etc) space in the Test Room cannot always be guaranteed.
To request space in the Test Room:
- The student and instructor complete a Test Room Request Form (see below)
- Forms must be received 48 hours in advance
- A hard copy of the exam must be delivered at least 24 hours in advance of the exam
- The student must confirm that arrangements have been made and agreed upon by all parties
- Exams are booked on a rolling basis as forms are submitted
Test Room Request Form
Students are approved for the accommodation of a note-sharer if they have a disability that interferes with their capacity to take notes:
- The student and the note-sharer are responsible for completing the necessary paperwork
- You may be asked to assist in this process by making the class aware of the need for a note-sharer (via email or class announcement)
- In doing so, please do not disclose the student’s name
- Names can be shared once a student has volunteered to be the note-sharer
- It is the responsibility of the note-sharer and the student receiving this accommodation to make arrangements for the remainder of the semester
- The student receiving the accommodation must attend all classes to receive notes
Grading and Evaluations
Students with disabilities should not be evaluated or graded differently than other students in the class. Academic accommodations are not provided to give a student an advantage or to raise or lower academic expectations. Rather, accommodations are designed to “level the playing field” and allow the student to demonstrate mastery of the course material. Academic accommodations may provide an alternative manner in which a student has access to course information. All students, including those with disabilities, should be evaluated at the same level.
If you are struggling to reach students of various learning styles in your classroom, there is something you can do about it. A growing trend in college curriculum is universal design, which helps all students get the most out of their education. We are available to work individually with you or provide group workshops on how to integrate universal design into existing and new syllabi. For more information, contact Disability Services at 781.891.2004.
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