Kenyon is committed to recognizing and supporting diversity including providing services for students with disabilities. The College actively continues support for students with disabilities through Student Accessibility and Support Services (SASS), staff and faculty.
By law, a student need not disclose his or her disability either before or after admission to college. However, a student may choose to disclose a disability during the admission process or after enrollment.
The student with a disability must be "otherwise qualified" and meet the same academic standards for admission as any other student. In order to receive accommodations as a student with a disability, the student must disclose the disability to the office of Student Accessibility and Support Services and complete the registration process.
Kenyon College provides accommodations for students with disabilities but does not provide personal services such as transportation or personal aides. However, Kenyon College has many resources for students with disabilities and for all students.
Different rules govern disability services in college than in K-12 programs (IDEA no longer applies and college students have no IEP); therefore, accommodations at Kenyon may vary from those previously received in high school. In college it is the student's right and responsibility to request accommodations, as privacy laws restrict the sharing of certain types of information with others (including parents) without the student's expressed, written consent. SASS staff are available to assist students during their transition to college and throughout their Kenyon experience.
The documents listed below contain valuable resources for any student with a disability who is making the transition from high school to higher education. They provide information about steps that can be taken while still in high school, tips for what to do once a student has been accepted to a college and useful information on the differences between disability services in high school and disability services in higher education (some of which are significant).
• Significant Differences in Disabilities Services Between High School and College
• Making the Transition from High School to College for Students with Disabilities
• Are You Ready for College? Important Questions to Ask Yourself
Student Accessibility and Support Services (SASS) coordinates academic accommodations/support services and also provides resources to assist students in developing time management and study skills. Find out more about the services provided by SASS.
For information on eligibility for services and the documentation process, refer to the section How to Request Services.