Accommodations are available to those legally eligible. Arrangements for such consideration must be initiated by the student herself by contacting the DRO and completing intake and registration.  It is the student’s responsibility to work with the DRO and faculty to articulate, arrange, and follow through on an accommodation plan and to notify the DRO as soon as any concerns with the plan arises.

Accommodation letters are sent to each faculty member listed on the Request Form for Accommodations.  This letter informs the faculty member that the student has a disability (no specifics given) and recommends that the student be provided with specified academic accommodations. The student is expected to make a private appointment with each of the designated faculty member to discuss implementations.

Accommodations might include extended time, testing in a distraction free environment, use of a computer or scribe for an exam, note takers, books on tape or electronic text, sign language interpreters, Braille books, and FM systems.  Substitutions for required courses are considered on a case by case basis by the Associated Dean of Academic Dean and the Disabilities Specialist.  Limitations of the disability, not the disability itself, are the reasons accommodations are recommended and provided.  Appropriate accommodations allow students with disabilities equal access to participate in and benefit from the instructional environment.  Saint Mary’s College is an equal opportunity institution and will comply with all laws and regulations which mandate equality of opportunity.

The college is not required to:

  • Make accommodations or provide support for services which fundamentally alter the academic requirements for the degree, course requirements or basic pedagogy;
  • Normally alter consistently applied academic policies which are based on academic standards;
  • Guarantee success or bear responsibility for making students succeed in their courses;
  • Pay for or provide items or services of a personal nature such as personal care assistance, personal purchases, personal adaptive or computer equipment, private transportation, specialized clinical evaluation or intervention services, professional tutoring, or educational supplies used by all students (pens, paper, computer supplies, etc.). These are responsibility of the student.

The college cannot make retroactive accommodations. Students are expected to participate responsibly and actively in using accommodations they have requested and which have been approved by the college.

Grievance procedures and questions about disability compliance should be addressed to

Academic Standards Committee
Dean of Student Academic Services
Dr. Karen Chambers