June 15, 2020
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All students with disabilities, including those with physical, learning, psychological and medical disabilities, are eligible to apply for a reduced course load with full-time status, which, if approved, allows them to take a reduced course load while maintaining full-time status.
The recommended course load for students applying for reduced load with full-time status is 1.50 units per semester. However, all requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Director of Student Accessibility and Support Services (SASS). In cases where an advisable course load is less than 1.50 units, a petition may be required for review by the Committee on Academic Standards (CAS).
Students who wish to request this status should do so prior to the first day of classes for the semester in which this status is sought. Students who request this status once the semester has commenced must do so within the first 7 class days, and are expected to continue in regular course loads until the change in status has been approved. Reduced course loads will not be considered after the first 7 class days without a petition.
1. Students approved for reduced course loads with full-time status (hereafter referred to as "RCL/FT students") must maintain progress towards degree. Students are expected to pass a minimum of 1.50 units during a regular semester and average no less than 3.00 units passed during any two consecutive regular semesters.
The Director of SASS may, based on documented need. approve a course load below the recommended 1.50 units. In such cases, the Director of SASS, in conjunction with CAS, the Provost's Office, and the Academic Advising Office will assess progress towards degree.
Students requesting a reduced course load of less than 1.50 units for more than 2 consecutive semesters. will need to submit a petition to CAS for review. In such a petition, students will need to address the 8- semester residency requirement necessary for the Kenyon degree.
2. RCL/FT students will be billed as full-time All mandatory charges will apply.
3. RCL/FT students are entitled to all the housing and services available to full-time students.
4. The reduced credit load will potentially result in an adjusted financial aid package/
5. Institutional Student Health Insurance: RCL/FT students will be able to obtain health coverage through the However, they will be required to pay the same amount as regular full-time students, and they must meet all other eligibility requirements.
6. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division Ill: Regulations, Section 188.8.131.52.1 states: "The Management Council may waive the *12 hours requirement for a student athlete when objective evidence demonstrates that the institution defines full-time enrollment for that student athlete to be fewer than *12 hours to accommodate the student's education-impacting disability." (*12 hours equates to 1.50 Kenyon units.)
Requests for reduced course loads should be submitted to the Director of SASS with supporting documentation prior to the first day of classes for the semester in which this status is sought. Any requests made once the semester has commenced must be submitted within the first 7 class days. Students are expected to continue in regular course loads until the change in status has been approved. Reduced course loads will not be considered after the first 7 class days without a petition.
Supporting documentation must include a diagnostic evaluation from an appropriate professional. The documentation must meet the documentation guidelines set forth by SASS in order to evaluate the current impact of the disability in regards to the This status is not automatically renewed. Students are required to request this status every semester.
The Director will evaluate the documentation to determine the impact of the disability on the student's ability to carry a full course The student will be asked to sign the Reduced Course Load Approval Form, which includes a statement acknowledging that they have reviewed the consequences that go with reduced load status and accepts them.
Confirmation of all approved reduced course load requests will be sent to the Registrar, the Dean for Academic Advising and Support, the student, the faculty advisor, and other necessary parties as applicable, including the Student Accounts Manager and the Director of Financial Aid.
The reduced course load accommodation approved by the Director of SASS will be reviewed by the Dean for Academic Advising and The Dean for Academic Advising and Support will outline for the student the proposed reduced load and explain to the student the consequences for making progress toward meeting graduation requirements. The student is responsible for contacting Student Accounts regarding billing questions, and the Financial Aid Office regarding financial aid questions.
A reduced course load accommodation applies only for the requested If the student wishes to drop below the approved reduced course load at any time during the semester, the student will need to consult with the Director of SASS and submit a petition to CAS to withdraw from single or multiple courses due to incapacity or illness (WI).
If a student's application for reduced load status is denied, the student may appeal the decision through the standard grievance appeal procedures outlined on the SASS.