Many academic resources are available to all Oberlin College students. However, students who request accommodation based on a diagnosed disability must register with Disability Resources.
Who is Eligible for Academic Accommodations?
Once a student registers with the office, Disability Resources staff will meet individually with the student in order to determine the appropriateness of accommodations.
Registering with Disability Resources
Appropriate and reasonable accommodations are best determined through an interactive process that includes the student with the disability, Disability Resources staff, course instructors, and other faculty or staff members as appropriate. Students are expected to make accommodation requests in a timely fashion as accommodations cannot be applied retroactively.
- Contact Disability Resources at the Center for Student Success
- Schedule an intake appointment in order to determination disability status. If the student is a qualified person with a disability, then appropriate accommodations will be determined. Typically, the student will receive a letter from Disability Resources verifying their disability status and appropriate accommodations.
- Discuss details of the accommodations with faculty and staff members as appropriate. The student is ultimately responsible for presenting timely, written request for accommodation to their course instructor(s) in order that specific arrangements can be made. However, the student may also request that Disability Resources staff initiate communication with faculty on their behalf and facilitate a collaborative discussion regarding the necessary accommodations.
Guidelines for Requesting Exam Accommodations
To receive testing accommodations such as extended time, distraction reduced testing environment, use of a computer, or use of a 4-function calculator:
- You must meet with Disability Resources staff to determine your eligibility for such accommodations.
- You must notify your course instructor(s) of the testing accommodations you request for each class, providing appropriate documentation from Disability Resources.
- You must negotiate with each course instructor the terms of your testing accommodations for their class and every exam. That is, if additional time is warranted, will you start early or finish late? If an alternate test location is appropriate, where will that be? Disability Resources staff are available to assist with the negotiations as needed
- If your testing accommodations require assistance from Disability Resources -- for example, if we need to provide an exam in an alternate format such as electronic, Braille or enlarged text -- you must notify our office at least two work days in advance of the scheduled exam. Disability Resources is typically not involved in finding alternative testing locations; arrangements are made directly between the student and instructor.
- Final exams must be taken at the regularly scheduled time and cannot be given at alternate times without special permission from staff in the Academic Advising Resource Center/Registrar (for courses in the College of Arts and Sciences) or from the Office of the Dean for courses in the Conservatory of Music. Refer to the Academic Advising Resource Center for more information about requesting a change in your final exam time.
It is the student’s responsibility to follow the above guidelines. Failure to do so will result in an inability of Disability Resources to coordinate appropriate accommodations.
Guidelines for Requesting Alternate Media
Textbooks and other course materials can be made available in alternate formats (electronic files, Braille, enlarged text, etc.) with due notice (two weeks preferred) given to Disability Resources. Students can stop in the office any time during business hours to make arrangements for alternate media.
Disability Resources has access to a high-speed scanner and text-conversion system. Single-page scanners are available for student use in the Adaptive Technology Laboratory, Mudd Center, room 203.
Guidelines for Requesting Accessible Technologies
Students requesting accessible technologies (such as for reading and writing) based on disability should contact Disability Resources. The determination of need and the appropriateness of specific software programs and other accessible technologies is made on an individual basis in consultation with Disability Resources staff.
Training on certain accessible technologies is available for qualified students on the basis of disability need.
Guidelines for Requesting Note-Taking Services
Note-taking services are coordinated through Disability Resources and are available only to students who are registered with our office and have a demonstrated need for such services.
If you are a student with a diagnosed disability and believe that note-taking services may be appropriate to your needs, contact Disability Resources as soon as possible in the semester.
Consultation and Tutoring Services
Students with disabilities may request an appointment with Disability Resources staff at any time. These meetings may be used to discuss accommodations, to address specific questions or concerns, or to help connect the student to other resources within the Center for Student Success and at Oberlin College.
Tutoring is provided by Student Academic Success Programs and is available to all Oberlin College students. Stop by Peters Hall, room 118 for details.