Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities. Academic Resources and Services (ARS) is responsible for coordinating disability support services for students, with other College departments assisting in the provision of accommodations for students.
“Qualified” with respect to post-secondary educational services means “a person who meets the academic and technical standards requisite to admission or participation in the education program or activity, with or without reasonable modifications to rules, policies or practices; the removal of architectural, communication or transportation barriers; or the provision of auxiliary aids and services.”
Know the deadlines, assignments, and other course information delivered in lecture or in the syllabus, regardless of whether the information is in the notes. We recommend that you check over the notes you receive, in case you have any questions or require clarification.
Individuals with a condition that rises to the level of a disability are entitled to reasonable accommodations. The Americans with Disabilities Act defines disability as “with respect to an individual: (A) a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of such individual; (B) a record of such an impairment; or (C) being regarded as having such an impairment” (42 U.S.C. § 12102(2)).
Disabilities may include, but are not limited to: learning differences or disabilities, physical and mobility impairments, sensory impairments, psychological disorders, and/or chronic health impairments.
Note: Having received accommodations in high school through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a 504 plan does not automatically make a student eligible for services in college. The student must register for services and provide supporting documentation for review; IEPs are not acceptable forms of documentation. If it is determined that a student is eligible to receive accommodations, the recommended accommodations may be different from those the student received in high school.
If a student wishes to formalize disability support services, the student must self-identify needs for accommodations in advance, with the Department of Academic Resources and Services.
To do so, the student must submit a completed Request for Disability Support Services Form along with current documentation establishing that the student has a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (see the Documentation section below for further details). It is recommended that the student submit the request form and documentation after acceptance of admission to Scripps, but prior to the first semester so that appropriate accommodations can be in place at the beginning of the college career.
The request form and documentation will be reviewed and the student will be notified if the documentation is acceptable and complete, or if further information is required. Once eligibility is established, the student will be notified in writing of the approved accommodation(s). If the student would like to meet with a staff member to discuss approved accommodation(s), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
While a student may register for disability support services and request accommodations after the school year has started, accommodations may not be immediately available because the support services staff will need to receive and review documentation. A student may request accommodations at any point in a semester; however, accommodations cannot be applied retroactively.
To submit a completed Request for Disability Support Services Form and documentation:
Appropriate and reasonable accommodations are determined on an individual basis based on the current and anticipated impact of the student’s disability at Scripps. The request form and supporting documentation will be reviewed and reasonable accommodations will be identified and discussed with the student. Unless there is a change in the impact of the disabling condition, or unless the student wishes to discuss different accommodations, the accommodations will remain in effect as long as the documentation is current. It is the responsibility of the student to request modifications if the provided accommodations are not effective. If a student is not granted an accommodation that the student believes is necessary, the student may request an additional review by the Department of Academic Resources and Services.
The College does not provide services of a personal nature (such as attendants, caretakers, homework assistance), typing services, or prescriptive aids such as eyeglasses or hearing aids, nor does it provide diagnostic evaluations of disabilities.
Unreasonable accommodations would include those that impose an undue economic or administrative burden on the College or would fundamentally alter the academic program or lower the standards of the College (e.g., waiver of essential course requirements, attendance, etc.).
In order to establish eligibility for accommodations, the student must provide documentation identifying that the condition substantially limits performance in one or more major life activities.
The student with a disability is the best source of information regarding necessary accommodations. In postsecondary settings, it is the student’s responsibility to request disability-related accommodations. In most circumstances, the College will not accept documentation that purports to state that a parent or family member is the student’s treating healthcare professional or an expert retained to assess the student’s disability. In the event that a parent or family member is serving in such capacity consistent with the ethical guidelines of mental or medical healthcare professionals, the documentation should state such. Appropriate documentation must be provided by the treating healthcare professional on letterhead and should address the following guidelines:
Scripps College is committed to full compliance with laws protecting qualified individuals with disabilities. It is the goal of the College that students with disabilities are actively engaged in the fullness of campus life and are recognized as valued, diverse members of the campus community.
There are several avenues to informal resolution should a student believe they have been denied a reasonable accommodation:
If an informal resolution cannot be reached and the student believes that they have been the subject of disability discrimination or harassment because of a disability, the student may assert a formal claim under the College’s Civil Rights Grievance Procedures, which can be found here. In any such proceeding, the College’s Section 504 Coordinator for students may manage the grievance process in place of the College’s Title IX Coordinator.
Academic Resources and Services coordinates accommodations for placement exams. If you are seeking to request accommodations for placement exams during new student programs and orientation, please submit a request via this link: Placement Exam Accommodations Request Form
Additional information about the process for establishing housing accommodations at Scripps can be found on the Housing Accommodations webpage.