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Accommodations and Services

Reasonable accommodations are individualized and flexible based on the nature of the disability and the academic environment. They provide equal access, not an unfair advantage. Monmouth College is obligated to make a reasonable accommodation only for known limitations of otherwise qualified students with disabilities. In other words, students with disabilities must register with Disability Services in order to qualify for reasonable accommodations.

As defined in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act:

A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a course, program, service, activity, or residence hall room that enables a qualified student with a disability to obtain equal access. Equal access means an opportunity to attain the same level of performance or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges as are available to a similarly situated student without a disability. Only the peripheral requirements of courses, programs, and activities are subject to modification; essential elements of courses, programs, and activities must remain intact.

Reasonable accommodations are determined by examining factors such as:

  1. The barriers resulting from the interaction between the documented disability and the campus environment.
  2. The possible accommodations that might remove the barriers.
  3. Whether or not the student has access to the course, program, service, or activity, without accommodations.
  4. Whether or not essential elements of the course, program, service, or activity are compromised by the accommodations.