Our Commitment to Students with Disabilities
Monmouth College and Disability Services are committed to providing a supportive and challenging environment for all students with disabilities who attend the College. Additionally, the College and Disability Services will work to provide students with disabilities a learning and community environment that affords them full participation, equal access, and reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. Accommodations and services for students with disabilities are coordinated by Disability Services.
Monmouth College provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations for students with documented disabilities that substantially limit some major life activity.
Examples of common accommodations include classroom modifications, adaptive equipment, testing arrangements, and air conditioned rooms in the residence halls. Documentation of a student’s disability must be current and comprehensive, must include a specific diagnosis, and must be from a qualified professional.
Students seeking accommodations must register with Disability Services and attach the appropriate supporting documentation (please review all forms found in the “Forms” link, on the left-hand side of the page). Every effort will be made to expedite review, but students should note processing and final accommodation arrangements normally take three to six weeks.
Information contained in a student's file with Disability Services is considered part of his or her educational record and is protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Information may be released from the file in only three circumstances:
- Court order
- With the student's written permission
- Internally within Monmouth College based on a legitimate educational reason
Disability Services has developed the following four guidelines regarding confidentiality
- All disability related information including documentation, correspondence, and accommodation records are considered confidential. Monmouth College and Disability Services have an obligation to maintain confidentiality on all disability-related information.
- Access to disability related information is on a need-to-know basis and only for the purpose of assuring appropriate accommodations.
- Disability Services is prohibited by law from releasing any disability records or identifying information to any outside entity. This includes documentation the student provides to Disability Services.
- The student may request, in writing, information to be released to specific persons or agencies.
The Monmouth College campus provides a variety of challenges to creating a physically accessible environment for students with disabilities. Increasing physical access to buildings and facilities is a goal of the College; however, programmatic access is much more readily attainable. Programmatic access ensures all classes, programs, and activities will be held in accessible locations. This may mean classes, programs, or activities need to be moved from their originally scheduled location.
When moving a class, program, or activity would fundamentally change the learning environment, structural alterations may be made to the existing room or facility. Any new construction or major building renovation will meet all federal and state statutes for accessibility. Making programs accessible to all students involves a cooperative effort between students, faculty, and staff.
Any student who wishes to use parking designated for individuals with disabilities on the Monmouth campus must have a state handicap parking permit and a Monmouth College Parking Permit.
Disability Services serves approximately 40 students. Monmouth does not have special admission criteria for students with disabilities; therefore, all students have met the same admissions standards.
Disability Services is located in the Teaching and Learning Center on the 2nd floor of Poling Hall or reachable through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Monmouth students with disabilities can fully participate in academic programming and all other facets of the College. Disability Services has five primary goals:
- Gather and evaluate documentation, information, and requests to determine eligibility for accommodations and services.
- Provide, coordinate, and facilitate reasonable accommodations and services. (For more information, see Campus Accessibility.)
- Recommend modifications to improve access to College facilities.
- Provide information and training on disability related topics to College faculty and staff.
- Serve as a resource on disability information for the College community and visitors.
- Student Disability Academic Accommodation Registration Form
- Special Needs Housing Part 1 (Request Form)
- Special Needs Housing Part 2 (Disability Documentation Form)
- Monmouth College Disability Support Handbook
- Self Advocating Handout
- Test Proctoring Instructions
- Test Proctoring Request
- Test Proctoring Policy for Final Exams
- Note taking instructions
Note: The content of the Disability Service’s website has been liberally adapted, with permission, from Northwestern University’s Office of Services for Students with Disabilities.