Disclosure & Documentation

Accessibility Services helps students with documented disabilities or medical/mental health conditions in need of accommodations. We explore your unique needs and work with you directly as we determine which accommodations will be most beneficial to you. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to our work with you. In order to qualify, student’s must have a disability and/or a medical/mental health condition that hinders equal access to their Monmouth College education and experience.

Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis but may include some of the following:

  • Extended time on exams and/or assignments.
  • Alternate location for exams.
  • Note-Taking assistance (including peer note-takers, access to professor’s sharable course materials, common notes and/or PowerPoints, recorded lectures, etc.
  • Use of a calculator.
  • Moving classrooms to accessible locations.
  • Access to audiobooks.

What You Should Know

  • College is different from high school and the first step is self-advocacy. It is a student’s choice to self-identify as a student with a disability and/or medical/mental health condition and also to use accommodations once received. The student must first engage with the Accessibility Services Office and following that remain actively involved and engaged with our office and their faculty each semester. Students are encouraged to connect with our Student Access & Support Specialist regularly as they learn to self-advocate. See our student responsibilities.
  • Accommodations are not retroactive. Once the need is communicated to the Accessibility Services Office by the student, we will work with you and communicate that need to the appropriate faculty (and rarely staff) as soon as possible. 
  • An academic accommodation is not considered reasonable if it:
    • Poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others,
    • substantially alters an essential element of a course, curriculum, or program,
    • substantially alters a manner in which a service is provided, or 
    • causes an undue financial or administrative hardship to the college.
  • Accommodations provided at Monmouth College are only for Monmouth College, and do not extend to standardized testing sites, graduate or professional schools, or work environments.
  • Deadlines: Although we do accept documentation at any time during the year, to ensure time to implement the requested accommodations prior to the term, please see below:
    • Incoming new and transfer students: All documentation for incoming new and transfer students starting in fall semester should be received by July 17 and by December 1 for students starting in spring semester.
    • Returning students: All housing documentation for returning students requesting an accommodation for the following year must be submitted by March 1 prior to the room selection process for the following year.
    • Missed deadlines: The accommodation requests of students who miss the deadline or submit incomplete information may not be able to be met during the requested semester. If need for a housing accommodation arises when an individual is already residing in housing, they should reach out to the Student Access & Support Specialist and submit the Disclosure for New Accommodation Form as soon as possible. 

Once all required documentation is received, we will work diligently on your request, but please allow up to 30 days for completion.