Students with Disabilities

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Burlington College is in full compliance with applicable laws prohibiting discrimination against persons with disabilities. Burlington College is committed to affording eligible persons with disabilities equal opportunity to benefit from educational programs upon admission to the College.

A student diagnosed as having a disability as defined under federal or state law may request academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aid as required by law by notifying the Director of Student Services in writing. The student is responsible for specifying the particular accommodation(s) requested and for providing to the College sufficient documented professional evidence of the disability and the need for the services requested by the student. The College’s Learning Specialist Consultant will examine the documentation and make a recommendation to the Director of Student Services, who will determine whether and in what form accommodation(s) will be made and notify the student. The Director of Student Services and the student’s Academic Advisor will work with faculty, staff, and the student to coordinate reasonable accommodations.

Although the College cannot offer accommodations that are unreasonable, that are unduly burdensome, or that fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or its academic standards, the College will provide reasonable accommodations and auxiliary aids as required by law to students with diagnosed disabilities.

The Learning Specialist reviews the documentation provided by students to determine eligibility and works with faculty and staff to arrange and coordinate reasonable accommodations to help students realize their goals at Burlington College.

A detailed ADA policy is available online at: http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/adahom1.htm. Whenever an individual with impaired vision or hearing seeks to obtain information under this policy, the College will find appropriate ways to communicate it effectively.

The College’s Director of Student Services responds to disability/discrimination complaints and coordinates the grievance procedure available to students with diagnosed disabilities. The College will initiate a review of the need for reasonable accommodations upon effective notice that a disability exists (e.g., through disclosure from academic records at another institution).

The College’s review will consist of a review of the student’s academic record, and consultation with faculty members. Where dismissal is involved, if no evidence of a disability exists, the disciplinary or academic process will continue. If there is evidence of a disability, The College must determine whether the reason for dismissal is a manifestation of that disability. If so, reasonable accommodations will be developed based upon an assessment of the disability and obtained by the student. If not, the process of dismissal under the applicable disciplinary or academic policy will continue.

Grievance Policy for Students with Disabilities
Students who wish to file a grievance because they think they have been denied equal access to the College’s academic programs, resources, or other services because of a disability may file a grievance in writing with the Director of Student Services as soon as possible after the alleged discrimination occurred, but in no event more than 60 days thereafter. In order to establish the basis for such a grievance, the student must have filed a disability accommodation request and supporting documentation with the Director of Student Services. The College encourages the student to first speak with the Director of Student Services in order to resolve the complaint informally. If informal steps do not satisfactorily address the dispute, the student may file the written grievance described above. The Director of Student Services will forward the grievance to the Dean, who will issue a decision, normally within 30 days.