Reasonable accommodations are individualized and based on the nature of the documented disability and the requirements of specific courses. Accommodations are designed to meet the needs of students without fundamentally altering the nature of the college’s instructional programs. Below are examples of commonly requested accommodations.
• Extended time on exams
• Testing in a distraction-limited environment
• Use of computer for in-class written work
• Preferential classroom seating
• Permission to record lectures to supplement note-taking
• Assistive technology
• Reduced course load with full-time status
• Housing access accommodations
• Services for students with temporary conditions, such as concussion, broken leg/arm, or surgery recovery
Important Note about Degree Requirements
Students with disabilities are expected to fully meet all academic requirements for the Rhodes undergraduate liberal arts degree, as the college does not waive or modify fundamental course or program requisites. Rhodes College requires that all degree candidates demonstrate proficiency in a language (Chinese, French, German, Russian, Spanish, Latin, Classical Greek, or Biblical Hebrew) at the level of third semester (201) courses. Language course waivers and substitutions are not granted on the basis of disability, however registered students with disabilities may apply for academic accommodations in these and other courses. Students are encouraged to consult Student Disability Services to discuss appropriate accommodations and resources at least one semester prior to taking a modern language or literatures course.
Request for Reconsideration
If your accommodation request is denied and you wish to appeal, a letter requesting reconsideration should be sent to Dr. Russell Wigginton, Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students, within 10 working days of the denial. Included in the letter should be a statement giving the Student Disability Services Director permission to release all confidential information related to your request to the Vice President of Student Life.
Faculty who question the appropriateness of a student’s approved accommodation may follow the same procedure outlined for students. An accommodation that poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others, requires a substantial alteration in the manner in which a course is taught or to an essential element of the curriculum, or that creates an undue financial or administrative burden is eligible for reconsideration. Faculty may also appeal denied requests for consideration to the Vice President of Student Life —in this case, the Student Disability Services Director will require the student in question to sign a release form. The decision of the Vice President of Student Life will be considered final in either case.