Students who desire any type of accommodation based on a diagnosed disability should follow the steps below. All accommodation requests must be submitted in a timely manner.
Contact Student Disability Services to discuss accommodation needs and specific barriers to academic inclusion.
Provide current, comprehensive medical and/or psychoeducational documentation of the disability from a qualified professional.
Contact Student Disability Services for specific documentation guidelines.
Once all appropriate documentation has been reviewed, Student Disability Services will schedule an appointment with the student to develop an individualized accommodation plan.
At the beginning of each semester, the student will discuss their Course Accessibility Forms with each professor. These forms must be signed by both student and professor and one copy returned to Student Disability Services.
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.