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Disability Policy - Student Section

Beloit College provides a supportive environment for students with disabilities. It is the policy of the college to create and maintain an environment in which all students may learn and work to their fullest potential. Consistent with this policy of nondiscrimination, Beloit College is committed to complying with all applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  Beloit College will provide accommodations to students who have provided the College with appropriate documentation of their disability to enable them to equitably participate in and benefit from the College’s programs, services, and activities, provided that such accommodations would not 1) fundamentally alter the nature or operation of the College’s programs, services, or activities, 2) cause undue burden to the College, or 3) pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others.

Students who warrant accommodations to participate in the College’s programs or services should contact the Director of the Learning Enrichment and Disability Service Office (hereby referred to as “Director”).  The student is to contact the Director and when requested, provide documentation by a qualified, licensed professional appropriate to the nature of the disability and requested accommodation(s). Students have the choice of whether or not they utilize accommodations.

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 faculty or 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.

If a student or a prospective student with a disability believes he or she has been discriminated against, or if he or she is dissatisfied with the determined accommodation or the implementation of an accommodation, that student is encouraged to discuss the situation with the Director.  If a satisfactory agreement cannot be reached with the Director, the individual with a disability may contact a member of the Accommodations Appeals Committee.  For a list of Committee members and information regarding the appeals process, please contact the Dean of Students Office at (608) 363-2660, the Provost at (608) 363-2667, or Lori Rhead, the Vice-President for Human Resources and Operations who is the ADA/504 Coordinator at (608) 363-2631.