The Student Accessibility and Support Services (SASS) office works with students with disabilities to determine reasonable academic accommodations based on documentation provided. Available academic accommodations and related policies are detailed below. Students should refer to How to Request Academic Accommodations for detailed instructions.
Types of Academic Accommodations
Below is an overview of the various academic accommodations available at Kenyon and links to the more detailed related policies.
Extended time (50%, 100%)
Breaks during testing
Use of word processor
Distraction-limited test setting
Reader to read directions and questions
Voice dictation software or use of scribe to record answers
Allow student to mark responses on test rather than on Scantron answer sheet
Enlarged test format
Laptop loans: Students who use computers for testing can request loaner laptops
INCLUDE BUT NOT LIMITED TO
Peer note-taker or permission to record lectures
Use of computer to take lecture notes
Access to lecture outline (if available)
Alternative format for print materials
RELATED POLICIES AND INFORMATION
Please contact Emily Wise at email@example.com or 740-427-5692 to request alternate formats.
Obtaining textbooks can take weeks, so please contact SASS once you know which texts you will need in an alternate format.
SASS offers SensusAccess to anyone with a kenyon.edu email account. SensusAccess is a document conversion service and can convert certain file formats.
You can request note taking accommodations in the Accommodate system.
Please see the related Recorded Lecture Policy.
The Student Accessibility and Support Services Office engages in an interactive process with each student and reviews requests for accommodations on an individualized, case-by-case basis. Depending on the nature and functional limitations of a student’s documented disability, the student may be eligible for note-taking assistance.
Notes and/or recordings are for a student’s personal study use only and are not to be shared with other individuals unless this is provided to all class participants.
Providing note taking accommodations is not one size fits all or about one tech solution but about providing access to lecture content in as independent a manner as possible.
Peer notes can be available in Accommodate and are accessible to note recipients anonymously and are generally available 24 hours after class. Peer notes require dependence on someone else. Independent options include glean and One Note which can create an audio recording that syncs with a student’s own notes.
It can be helpful to attend a couple of class sessions to determine which class notes option would work best.
Please see options below.
Record lectures in full, listen back at your own pace and annotate with different note types to create a complete learning resource - tailored to you.
(This option allows students to type their notes and organize them electronically.) Microsoft OneNote is a free tool that works across platforms (Windows, Mac, and mobile devices/tablets). Students can type their notes, keep them organized like a traditional notebook, import other files like handouts or PowerPoints. One Note also has a recording feature that simultaneously syncs lecture audio with typed notes like a smart pen.
Click the Insert tab, and in the Recording group, select the Record audio button.
OneNote for MACs:
Install one note using Kenyon's Microsoft 365 with your Kenyon SSO.
Next, create or log into your personal Microsoft account once you have installed OneNote so you can send the OneNote files to your personal profile.
Access to class materials:
Instructors provide PowerPoint slides, outlines, notes and other supplemental materials in advance of the lecture if available.
A fellow student shares their class notes within 24 hours of the class by uploading them in Accommodate.
How to Request Note Taking Accommodations:
Student registers with the Student Accessibility and Support Services Office. You can register with SASS by completing the Intake Survey (link) from the Accommodate system. If you are already registered you will want to either renew or add a supplemental request in the accommodate system.
If note-taking is approved as a reasonable accommodation, SASS will review the options with the student in a student-initiated meeting.
For peer notes, faculty can recommend a note taker to SASS or ask SASS to locate a note taker.
Access to class notes is not designed to replace your own notes, as taking handwritten notes (for those who are able to take notes) is scientifically linked to better retention of information. Class notes, audio recordings are designed to serve as a set of comparison notes. Actively comparing your own notes with written or audio notes within 24-36 hours can be a very effective learning strategy.
*Important information to consider:
Increasingly, instructors provide PowerPoint slides, outlines, notes and other supplemental materials to all students, which may eliminate the need for an individual class notes accommodation. Class notes accommodations may not be useful in Seminar or other discussion based courses.
Recording lectures may not be a reasonable accommodation in classes where open discussion is part of the course design. In this case peer notes may be a reasonable alternative.
If you are not certain about which of the above class notes options will work best for your course(s) and want to discuss the options please contact Liz Keeney (firstname.lastname@example.org).
MUST BE REQUESTED IN ADVANCE
Reduced course load (Must be requested by the end of the first week of classes.)
This option allows students to be considered fully enrolled while taking 1.5 units.
Priority registration (Must be requested each semester.)
Course substitution for College language or quantitative reasoning requirement (Must be requested by the end of the second semester at Kenyon.)