April 23, 2020
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Kenyon College is committed to supporting students with disabilities with reasonable program accommodations to provide equal access. The Program Accommodation Policies apply to all students and explains the specific steps necessary to request a program accommodation at Kenyon College.
Completed request and verification forms can be submitted to SASS by:
Program accommodations requested after the deadlines will be considered but cannot be guaranteed.
Submitting a request for a reasonable program accommodation does not guarantee a specific accommodation. Students must complete the program accommodation request process and receive approval before engaging in any behaviors related to the requested program accommodation
Please contact SASS at 740-427-5692 or email Emily Wise at email@example.com if you require an alternate format to access the forms.
Documentation must also show that the requested accommodation
in addition, there must be an identifiable relationship, or nexus, between the requested accommodation and their disability. The treating health care provider completing the form must specialize in a field consistent with the diagnosis, as well as be familiar with the student’s disability and the necessity for the requested accommodation. To avoid any conflict of interest, documentation must be provided by a non-family health care provider. Please note, all treating health care providers must have an ongoing relationship with the student. An ongoing relationship is defined as at least three counseling sessions in a three month period, with most recent session occurring within the past month of the requested accommodation.
Kenyon will accept and consider all reasonable and necessary program accommodation requests at any time, however, completed requests must be received by the Office of Student Accessibility and Support Services (SASS Office) by the following deadlines in order to ensure that approved requests can be accommodated for the specified term and/or remainder of the academic year:
|Academic Term(s) requested||Student Group||Application Due Date|
|Fall and spring semesters||Upper-class students
|Spring semester||All students||Nov. 1|
|Summer*||All students||April 1|
*Since accommodations are good for one academic year, students requesting summer accommodations may use documentation from the previous year, if they do not need a housing accommodation for the upcoming year.
Upon receipt of both the request form and, when applicable, a verification form, the director or designee will contact the student, in writing, to set up a meeting to discuss the program request to ensure that the need and scope of the request is fully understood.
Should additional information be needed, the student may be asked to sign a release of information so that the College may verify the disability and/or that the requested program accommodation is necessary for them to use and enjoy their residential living space, by alleviating one or more identified symptoms or effects of their disability.
The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a person with a disability as someone who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. The three factors influencing a determination of substantial limitation are 1) the nature and severity of the impairment, 2) the duration or expected duration of the impairment, and 3) whether the impairment is characterized as permanent or long-term.
The College believes that a major feature of attending a residential college is the opportunity for all students to live with one another. As such, all students enrolled at Kenyon College are required to live in College housing and enroll in the College meal plan. Given the logistical challenge related to preparing housing assignments for the entire student body, the College requires students with disabilities, who require a reasonable housing accommodation, to affirmatively request a housing accommodation within the established deadlines.
The Office of Student Accessibility and Support Services (SASS Office) works closely with the Office of Housing and Residential Life to provide students with reasonable housing accommodations. Reasonable housing accommodations currently available include, but are not limited to, rooms with air conditioning, carpet-free rooms, and/or rooms that are wheelchair accessible.
Students who may need a housing accommodation because of a medical dietary disability and/or condition, other than access to a community kitchen, must also follow the process for requesting a meal plan accommodation.
An ESA is an animal selected to play an integral part of a student’s treatment process, providing emotional support that alleviates one or more identified symptoms or effects of a student’s disability. An ESA does not perform work or tasks that would qualify them as service animals, as defined by the ADA. Emotional support animals are not considered pets. To preserve student health and safety, pets are prohibited in all College residences, with the sole exception of fish in bowls or tanks that do not exceed 10 gallons. Having an ESA is considered an exemption to the College’s Pet Policy and is an approved animal. As such, the College requires that students with disabilities who require an ESA to affirmatively request an emotional support animal within established deadlines. In general, only one ESA per student is allowed.
An ESA must remain in the student’s assigned residential living space (bedroom) at all times, except when being transported outside in an approved manner. ESAs are not permitted in shared residential spaces, such as bathrooms, kitchens, hallways, and/or lounges. A student may not take an ESA to class, or into any other building on campus. When an ESA is outside a student’s assigned residential living space, it must be in an animal carrier, or controlled by a leash or harness. The Office of Housing and Residential Life will work with a student to identify appropriate spaces for that student’s ESA to exercise and relieve itself, based on where the student resides. The student is responsible for cleaning up and properly disposing of all of the ESA’s waste.
Each student is responsible for the control, care and supervision of their ESA at all times, as well as for ensuring that the animal does not unduly interfere with the routine activities of the residential facility, or any of the students who live there. If that student leaves campus for a period of time, they must take the approved animal with them and may not leave the animal on campus overnight or longer, even if under the care of another person.
Students who receive approval for an ESA will select their residential living space through the regular room selection process or lottery. Students are advised, that in order to ensure that an ESA does not interfere with the equitable enjoyment of housing by other students who may have animal allergies or aversions, the College will identify certain residential spaces across campus as animal-free spaces, and they will not be able to live in these spaces with their approved animal. Students needing break housing should select a residential living space that is open during break periods, or make arrangements to stay in a residential living space that is not designated as animal-free.
Accommodation requests for an ESA must be reasonable. An ESA should demonstrate a good temperament, reliable and predictable behavior, and be able to live with others in a reasonable manner. The ESA’s behavior, noise, odor, and waste may also not exceed reasonable standards for a well-behaved animal. A specific animal may be prohibited from serving as an ESA in residential living spaces if that animal’s behavior or presence poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others; would cause substantial physical damage to the residential living space and/or property of others; may force another student(s) from their residential housing space(s); and/or creates unreasonable disruptions for other community members, including their right to peace and quiet enjoyment. Prohibited animals may include venomous animals and exotic or non-domesticated animals. Reptiles as ESAs are discouraged due to their requirement of heat lamps and UVA/B lights, which are prohibited in residential living spaces.
Students must comply with all Village, county and state ordinances, laws, and/or regulations, as well as College and Housing and Residential Life policies, pertaining to animals. These include, but are not limited to, Ohio Animal Cruelty Laws. The animal must have all veterinarian recommended vaccinations to maintain its health and prevent contagious diseases. Proof of vaccination is required before moving the animal into any residential living space. Kenyon reserves the right to request an updated health record at any time during the animal's residency. In addition, dogs will need to be licensed in accordance with local ordinances. Dogs and cats must receive monthly preventative flea and tick treatments.
The resident is financially responsible for the actions of the ESA, including damage to College or personal property or harm to others. Any extra cleaning charges that result from the ESA’s presence will be the student’s responsibility. All spaces must be returned to an allergen-free level and a third-party, College approved pest control/cleaning service may be used. The student will also be responsible for any costs incurred should the ESA need to be removed for any reason by College personnel or animal control professionals.
Students must complete the ESA request process and receive approval before engaging in any behaviors related to the requested ESA. Additional and more detailed information can be found in the College’s ESA agreement, which must be signed before an ESA will be permitted in a student’s residential living space.
The College believes that a major feature of attending a residential college is the opportunity for all students to live with one another. As such, all students enrolled at Kenyon are required to live in College housing and enroll in the College meal plan. Given the challenges that would be related to preparing an individualized dietary plan for the entire student body, the College requires students with medical dietary disabilities and/or conditions, who require reasonable meal plan accommodation, to affirmatively request such meal plan accommodation within the established deadlines.
Since there is only one College meal plan and facility (Peirce Hall), the Office of Student Accessibility and Support Services (SASS) works closely with the College’s food service vendor to provide students with reasonable meal plan accommodations. Most medical dietary disabilities and/or conditions can be met by developing a Food Management Plan which outlines reasonable accommodations with the SASS Office. Reasonable meal plan accommodations currently available include, but are not limited to gluten-free and lactose-free food options, meals for medically-required vegan diets, and the option to request alternative meals when necessitated by a documented disability or dietary need.
Submitting a request for a reasonable meal plan accommodation does not guarantee a specific accommodation. Additionally, meal plan exemptions generally are only for documented disabilities and/or conditions that are medically necessary and that cannot be accommodated by the College’s food service vendor. Except in rare situations, this first includes developing a food management plan outlining the reasonable accommodation with the SASS Office, with Kenyon’s food service vendor providing the necessary accommodation. Students must complete the meal plan accommodation request process and receive approval before engaging in any behaviors related to the requested meal plan accommodation
Students who may need a housing accommodation because of a medical dietary disability and/or condition, other than access to a community kitchen, must also follow the process for requesting a housing accommodation.
If the director of SASS, in consultation with a medical professional from the Health and Counseling Center, as well as staff members from the Office of Housing and Residential Life, find that a requested program accommodation is not necessary and/or unreasonable, the student may file a written appeal with the Dean of Students within five (5) business days of the denial. The appeal will be considered only on the basis of written materials, information and/or documentation only.
The appeal must be based upon one or more of the following criteria:
• Procedural error(s) made in the consideration of the request
• New information unavailable at the time of the request (i.e. updated medical information)
• The decision was clearly erroneous based on the written record
Upon receipt of the appeal, the dean of students will review all of the relevant information and provide a written response within five (5) business days either granting the appeal and modifying the initial decision, or denying the appeal and maintaining the initial decision. The dean’s decision shall be final.
Nothing in the policy shall prohibit a student who believes that they may have been subjected to disability discrimination to utilize the College’s Section 504 Grievance Procedures and/or to pursue a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights.
Students must complete the form for the academic term(s) for which they are requesting a program accommodation. Kenyon reserves the right to revise this policy at any time, as circumstances require.
Kenyon College does not discriminate in its educational programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law. The requirement of non-discrimination in educational programs and activities extends to employment and admission.