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 Accessibility 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 the Vice President of Student Life within 10 working days of the denial. Included in the letter should be a statement giving the Student Accessibility Services Director permission to release all confidential information related to your request to the Vice President of Student Life. The decision of the Vice President of Student Life will be considered final.