Reasonable accommodations enable qualified students with disabilities to have equal opportunities by making adjustments or modifications to courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, or facilities. Therefore, accommodations will be determined in the spirit of removing, to the greatest extent possible, barriers to students’ abilities that are created by the interaction between their disabilities and the environment of the College, while maintaining essential standards for courses, programs, jobs, services, and facilities. The College is obligated to provide accommodations only to the known limitations of an otherwise qualified disabled student.
Accommodations do not require instructors to adjust evaluations of academic performance. Rather, they enable students with disabilities to learn the material presented and instructors to fairly evaluate students’ comprehension of the material.
The ODS staff will work with otherwise qualified students with disabilities to provide their preferred accommodations. However, in the event that documentation does not support a student’s request, or the request is deemed unreasonable, inappropriate, or an undue burden to the institution, the Office of Disability Services will seek appropriate alternatives in consultation with the student and/or the documenting professional(s) and other appropriate professionals as released by the student.
Reasonable accommodations are determined on an individual basis and are flexible based upon individual disability needs and the campus environment. The following is a partial list of common accommodations:
- Accessible location/classroom/furniture
- Adaptive technology (e.g., magnifier, screen readers, speech to text software)
- Campus housing access/adjustments
- Priority registration
- Priority seating in classroom
- Alternative formats for text materials (E-text, Audio CD’s, Braille)
- Copies of overheads or lecture notes
- Extended time on exams
- Separate testing area
- Readers/scribes for exams
- Enlarged print on notes or exams
- Use of computer/assistive technology for taking exams
- Sign language/oral interpreters/CART services
Auxiliary Aids and Services
Accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services are provided by Keene State College in the majority of cases. However, some auxiliary aids and services may be obtained through other organizations when possible and appropriate (e.g., Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Recordings for the Blind, etc.).