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Accommodations Policy

New England College has a history of success in challenging and supporting students of diverse academic backgrounds who wish to achieve their full intellectual and personal potential.

Unlike some schools designed exclusively for students with learning differences, New England College does not have a special program. We have found, however, that our support services can meet the needs of students who are good self-advocates and who do not require formal, structured services, but who can find success when offered academic support in conjunction with small classes and personal attention by faculty. Typically these students have done well in “mainstream” college preparatory programs in high school, or as graduate students were successful in completing an undergraduate degree.

New England College is committed to assuring equal access to all of its programs, services, and activities. Students needing accommodations (such as extended time on tests, permission to tape lectures, wheelchair accessibility, etc.) should set up an appointment with the Disability Services Office. To be eligible for accommodations the student will need to have current, appropriate test results (within the last three years) that are submitted to the Disability Services Office. The testing must be administered by a licensed, qualified professional and must include a diagnosis and specific recommendations. IEPs, minutes from 504 planning meetings, or letters from school officials are not acceptable as legal documentation, however; they should be provided along with the required testing so that the Disability Services Director can more fully understand the needs of the student. Other types of disabilities must be documented by a certified medical and/or mental health professional, and must include a current detailed diagnosis (within the last three years), recommendations, and reasons for specific suggested recommendations. Regardless of the learning need or disability, the Disability Services Office needs to be contacted as it handles all requests for accommodations.

It is important to remember that all requests for accommodations must come through the Disability Services Office at which time the student will participate in the Needs Assessment process.  Once the student has completed the Needs Assessment Form it must be given to the appropriate faculty and staff.  Test documents must be received a minimum of a week before an accommodation can be provided.  When working with outside agencies the process may take longer than one week.

Under ADA and 504 requirements the student is responsible for disclosing his/her disability to each person the student contacts for an accommodation. The College reserves the right to review documentation and determine individual accommodations and services. The College maintains the right to determine the appropriate accommodation based on the student’s documentation.  Accommodations are based on a review of the test results and may be different than services provided in high school, or as an undergraduate student.

Relevant information from disability documentation may be shared with College personnel at the discretion of the Disability Services Office.  All questions about the College’s compliance with ADA/504 should be directed to the College’s Campus Compliance Officer in the Disability Services Office.

Statement Regarding “Reasonable Accommodations”

All New England College students are expected to produce standard, quality academic work when provided with accommodations. This means that students will be able to:

  1. Organize and manipulate information, i.e. think critically, compare, infer, integrate, abstract, analyze, differentiate, and evaluate;
  2. Reproduce learned information both by rote and apply it to new cases;
  3. Sustain interaction with other members of the academic community to reach common objectives (such as participate in class discussions, collaborate on group projects; and,
  4. Contribute to teacher/student conferences).

The College believes a reasonable accommodation is one that assists the student in compensating for his/her disability. With an accommodation a student is expected to be able to organize and manipulate information, reproduce and apply what has been learned, and meet course objectives. Following are examples of reasonable accommodations:

• extended time on tests
• tutor support and review
• recorded lectures
• lecture notes
• books-on-tape
• test scribes and test readers when appropriate
• distraction-free test location
• computer use for tests
• physical access to a classroom

Unreasonable accommodations are ones that waive the expectation that the student will meet the academic demands of the College after accommodations have been provided. Asking the College to make unnecessary accommodations would also be unreasonable (i.e. asking for a reader for a textbook rather than using books-on-CD). Following are examples of unreasonable accommodations:

• repeat of a test after it has been failed when accommodations
were provided
• change in course expectations, and/or reduction of content
• individualized instruction
• remedial coursework
• change in course grade after the fact, particularly when the
student has not made his/her need for accommodation known
• modified test content (i.e. only concrete questions, or a request
for no test)
• waiving of academic or judicial sanctions
• waiving of a College or major requirement without appropriate
documentation and justification
• using an interpreter for an on-line course that does not have an
audio component