Kenyon College is strongly committed to providing an accessible and supportive environment for all its students in both academic and nonacademic programs. In accordance with this philosophy, the College offers a variety of accommodations that are available to students who have documented disabilities. Accommodations are an obligation of the College under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
A student is responsible for submitting all necessary documentation of a disability for review prior to receiving any accommodations. The College requires documentation be comprehensive and reflective of the students current functioning. To this end, there are established documentation standards, which must be met in order to evaluate the need for a student to receive accommodations. A student who requests and is denied accommodations, or who does not receive the recommended accommodations, may challenge decisions made by requesting an informal review or filing a formal appeal. Faculty or staff who feel that an accommodation would alter an essential element of their course or program may file an appeal using the same procedure. In order to ensure equity and an opportunity for a fair hearing and resolution of the appeal to all parties involved, the following proceedings are outlined below.
A. Accommodations can be defined as any adjustment or modification which will provide a student with a disability equal access to the educational and/or co-curricular process. Accommodations can include, but are not limited to, auxiliary aids and/or services such as accessible texts materials, interpreters, test accommodations, academic adjustments and/or physical modifications.
B. Documentation guidelines used at Kenyon are based upon the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) guidelines. They were developed in collaboration with secondary school personnel and disability advocates and are designed to provide consumers with a common understanding of those components of documentation that are necessary to validate specific disabilities for the purposes of requesting accommodations at post-secondary institutions.
Students with disabilities are responsible for contacting the Student Accessibility and Support Services (SASS) office if reasonable accommodations are not implemented in an effective or timely manner. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to contact SASS directly when an accommodation seems unreasonable according to the course or program requirements or standards. Grievances will be handled in a three-step process:
Accommodations for students may be appropriate in the academic and non-academic context. Depending on the nature of the disability and the accommodations requested, the advance notice you provide may impact the College's ability to provide accommodations in a timely manner. To ensure that accommodations and auxiliary aids and services are provided in a timely fashion, please contact Student Accessibility and Support Services as early as possible in the semester.
The following procedure should be followed for students requesting accommodations: