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Overview

Beloit College's small residential community provides an educational environment supportive and challenging for all students. Students with disabilities who work in conjunction with the Learning Enrichment and Disability Services Office, demonstrate self-advocacy, and responsibly engage in their learning, find that their Beloit College education is a rewarding and enriching experience.

Accommodations are provided to students with disabilities to provide them equal access to the educational process, programs, activities, events, and services.   This Office is charged with verifying disabilities and determining accommodations for students.  This office also provides information and training on disability-related issues for the campus community members. When appropriate, this Office also coordinates and/or provides accommodations.  In addition, services and resources that are available to all Beloit College students will be suggested to students with disabilities particularly when they seem appropriate to aid in the student’s success.

Self-Advocacy:

Like all Beloit College students, students with disabilities are expected to take responsibility for their own education.  A component of this expectation is the continuing process of learning how to make decisions and advocate for one’s self, particularly in regards to one’s disability and related accommodations.  Although support and information is provided by the staff of the Learning Enrichment and Disability Services office and other faculty and staff with whom the student consults, the expectation is that the student obtain and use information, use appropriate resources, and follow policies and procedures in a timely manner.

Confidentiality:

Information regarding a student’s disability is private.  Consistent with FERPA and the Beloit College's Privacy Policy, Learning Enrichment and Disability Services staff share disability-related information with particular faculty and staff when there is a need for them to know.  Specifically, it is sometimes important to share such information in order for accommodations to be provided.  However, information is rarely shared with parents or other students without the student’s written consent unless it is an emergency or the student is determined to be a danger to self or others.

Class Attendance:

The faculty of Beloit College have determined that “Attendance at classes is required and is considered an essential component for each course.” (Beloit College Catalog 2013-15, p. 16).  Students with disabilities that affect attendance on a regular basis are to work with the Learning Enrichment and Disability office to establish accommodations, but must also realize that faculty are not required to fundamentally alter their classes.

Grievance Process:
Students and faculty with concerns about accommodations are encouraged to speak with the involved individuals as well as the Director of the Learning Enrichment and Disability Services Office.  When resolving such concerns, it is important that they be addressed immediately (and accommodations are to be implemented in the meantime).   Faculty and/or students are encouraged to consider potential appropriate alternatives with the Director. When all informal avenues of resolution have been exhausted, a Grievance Process is available.