What is a reasonable accommodation?

A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a course, program, service, activity or residence hall room that enables a qualified student with a disability to obtain equal access.

Equal access means an opportunity to attain the same level of performance or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges as are available to a similarly situated student without a disability. Only the peripheral requirements of courses, programs and activities are subject to modification; essential elements of courses, programs and activities must remain intact.

Reasonable accommodations are determined by examining: 

  1. The barriers resulting from the interaction between the documented disability and the campus environment. The possible accommodations that might remove the barriers.
  2. Whether the student has access to the course, program, service or activity without accommodations.
  3. Whether essential elements of the course, program, service or activity are compromised by the accommodations.

Classroom Accommodations

Accommodations for qualified students provided through SSAS office may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Test Proctoring

Students can make arrangements to have their tests proctored in the Testing Center. Tests can be administered orally and/or test time can be extended. In addition, an alternate location of quiet space, as needed, is available.

Note Takers

Note takers may be provided to any student who has difficulty taking lecture notes because of a documented physical or learning disability. Monmouth believes that student participation is essential for a quality educational experience. This accommodation is in no way meant to replace classroom attendance or a student’s own note taking efforts.

Audio Editions of Textbooks

Arrangements can be made for students with visual impairments or learning disabilities to obtain audio editions of textbooks, as available.