A student with a disability who thinks he or she may need an accommodation to access a campus program, activity, or service should contact Erin Salva in Student Accessibility and Support Services (SASS) at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss specific needs. Advance notice is required to review documentation, evaluate accommodation requests and provide notice or arrangements for any accommodation.
Kenyon accepts documentation as valid if the date of the testing is within three to five years from the time of college enrollment. A copy of the student's high school 504 Transition plan is helpful; however, typically it will not qualify as complete documentation of the disability. SASS will review the documentation and identify on a case-by-case basis a range of reasonable accommodations based on documentation provided. No student should delay in meeting with SASS out of concern for not having appropriate paperwork. For more information, please download the documentation guidelines.
Each semester, the student must meet with the director of SASS and for faculty/staff notification. Services and accommodations will not be offered until a student makes this request through the SASS office. Naturally, it is in the student's best interest to make this request as early as possible during each semester.
Once the request is received, Student Accessibility and Support Services will generate an electronic letter to the faculty and/or staff members that the student has listed on his/her request form. A copy of the accommodation request will also be emailed to the student. This email will make those parties aware of the recommended accommodations that are based on the documentation on file. By law, SASS cannot disclose the nature of a student's disability.
The letter of accommodation is not meant to be a final statement of accommodation. Rather, it is important that the student communicate with his/her instructors and faculty advisor about the specifics of his/her accommodations and learning style. Examples might include determining arrangements for extended time testing and/or testing in a private testing area, coordinating the use of a note-taker, arranging to have print materials available in *alternative formats, etc. SASS is available to provide assistance to students, faculty and staff with accommodation arrangements.
If the accommodation(s) a student is currently receiving should be revisited, the student can contact SASS to review accommodations requested. Based on the nature of a course, some accommodations may be more fitting than others. Should students ever encounter resistance to the accommodations for which they are eligible, they should contact SASS.
SASS strongly encourages students to take advantage of additional campus resources. These services are not considered accommodations for students with disabilities but are available to all students across campus to promote academic success. These resources include, but are not limited to:
Faculty office hours
The Peer Tutoring Program (SASS)
The Writing Center
The Math/Science Skills Center
The Library Research and Reference Center
For more information on research assistance available in the library, including how to make an appointment with a librarian, go to lbis.kenyon.edu/library-research/research-assistance.
Sometimes student or faculty schedules or the logistics of a testing accommodation require arranging a proctored test setting through the SASS office. Proctoring requests require 5 days advance notification due to the need to book proctoring space. Please see the Exam Proctoring Policy and Procedures (PDF) or (Word version).
The Google booking system for proctoring requests is an easy two step process:
1) The student first completes a proctoring request form 5 days prior to the test. Students are encouraged to submit proctoring requests for the entire semester if faculty and SASS confirm the need for a proctored test setting for the entire semester.
2) The professor will receive an email from SASS asking for confirmation of the proctoring request along with the proctoring confirmation form.
After the professor completes the form, both the student and faculty will receive a confirmation of the proctoring location at least 2-3 days prior to the test. Only one confirmation form needs to be submitted per test regardless of how many students will be proctored.
Please note that all tests need to be scheduled on the same day and time as the regularly scheduled test unless there is a course scheduling conflict.
Students who use computers for testing are aware that loaner laptops are available upon request. Laptops can be booked the week of the test and have no internet connectivity. Please contact Emily Wise (email@example.com) to reserve a laptop at least 5 days prior to the test.