To accommodate a documented disability, you may request certain modifications to the curriculum, course modifications and special housing considerations. The procedures for each are different and are detailed below.

Modifications to the curriculum

Any curriculum modification that requires exception to College policy, such as course load adjustments or course substitutions, must be approved by petition to the Committee on Academic Standing. Petitions are available in the Office of the Registrar or the Office of Student Accessibility Services and must be signed by the director of student accessibility services if the request for modification is on the basis of a disability. It also must be signed by your class dean, academic adviser, and if appropriate, department head. Students petitioning on the basis of a disability should place a request for approval of support of course load adjustments or course substitutions with the director of student accessibility services before filing a petition to the Committee on Academic Standing.

Course modifications

When appropriate, you may be entitled to certain course modifications, such as permission to tape record a lecture, use of a laptop computer for note taking, extended time on exams or other testing modifications. Requests for reasonable accommodations should be noted on the Accessibility Needs Assessment Questionnaire you submit to the Office of Student Accessibility Services.

Review process

Once the questionnaire and supporting documentation is received, your requests for registration of a disability and accommodations are reviewed. The review process generally takes about one to two weeks after the required documents have been received if the request is placed during the academic year, and you will be notified of the outcome of the review. Students submitting requests and documents during the summer can expect to be notified of the results of the review by the start of the fall semester, as long as the required documents have been received at least two weeks prior to the start of the semester. It is recommended that requests be submitted as early in the summer as possible.

Informing faculty of approved accommodations

Our procedures for course modifications are designed to promote responsible self-advocacy and encourage communication with faculty. Therefore, with your permission and upon your request, the Office of Student Accessibility Services will provide you with a memo for faculty each semester to notify them of the your eligibility for academic modifications. You must work directly with your instructors to develop a suitable arrangement for each specific circumstance. You should notify faculty by presenting your letter of accommodation early in the semester to assure faculty have been given reasonable notice before the accommodations are needed. You risk the possibility of not receiving accommodations if your faculty members are not informed of approved accommodations with reasonable notice.

Requests for memos to faculty listing your approved course modifications must be submitted to the Office of Student Accessibility Services each semester. A Request for Accommodation form, which asks for information on current classes, will be emailed to students who are registered with the Office of Student Accessibility Services each semester. This form is also available online and in the Office of Student Accessibility Services.

Final exam procedures

Additional procedures are necessary to set up testing accommodations for self-scheduled final exams. In advance of the exam period, you will receive an email (to your Connecticut College email address) with details and instructions.

Final Exam-Taking Procedures for Students Approved for Testing Accommodations

Housing accommodations

To request a housing accommodation based on a disability, you must register with the Office of Student Accessibility Services and complete the following two forms:

Once you have completed the disability registration process and completed the above forms, your request for housing accommodations will be reviewed. You will be notified by email (at your Connecticut College email address) of the outcome of the review approximately one to two weeks later, if the request is placed during the academic year. 

New or transfer students

If you are an entering first-year or transfer student with a disability in need of a specific housing accommodation, please submit the following to the Office of Student Accessibility Services:

All of these documents must be submitted by the date listed on the Accessibility Needs Assessment Questionnaire. Filing after this date may delay our ability to make housing accommodations until after the start of the semester, at which time availability may be limited.

Please contact the Office of Student Accessibility Services with questions regarding this process.

Requesting accommodations during the academic year

If you are a current student with a disability and a housing accommodation becomes necessary during the academic year, you will need to submit the following to the Office of Student Accessibility Services:

  • An Accessibility Needs Assessment Form indicating your request for a housing accommodation
  • Documentation supporting your request for a housing accommodation (see documentation guidelines listed on the Accessibility Needs Assessment Questionnaire)

Please contact the Office of Student Accessibility Services with questions regarding this process.

Requesting a housing accommodation for the next academic year

Students who have been granted accommodations in previous years must submit a new housing request each year. If you are a continuing student with a disability who has a need for a housing accommodation for the next academic year, please  submit the following to the Office of Student Accessibility Services prior to the housing lottery (deadline date for filing is listed on the Request for Housing Accommodation Form):

In addition to submitting a request for a housing accommodation each year, you must follow all other procedures and instructions outlined in the Housing Lottery booklet which can be found on the Residential Education and Living website.      

Please contact the Office of Student Accessibility Services with questions regarding this process.

Students returning from study away 

If you are a student returning to campus for the spring semester who has a need for a housing accommodation, you must submit the following to the Office of Student Accessibility Services by the end of the Fall Semester:

  • An Accessibility Needs Assessment Form ( if you have not already submitted)
  • Documentation which supports your request unless current documentation is already on file with the Student Accessibility Services office (See documentation guidelines listed on the Accessibility Needs Assessment Questionnaire).

Please contact the Office of Student Accessibility Services with questions regarding this process.

Students returning from medical or personal leave

If you are a student returning from medical or personal leave who has a need for a housing accommodation, you must submit the following to the Office of Student Accessibility Services as soon as a return to campus is determined:

  • An Accessibility Needs Assessment Form( if you have not already submitted)
  • Documentation which supports your request unless current documentation is already on file with the Student Accessibility Services office (See documentation guidelines listed on the Accessibility Needs Assessment Questionnaire). 

Please contact the Office of Student Accessibility Services with questions regarding this process.

Appealing a decision on a housing accommodation

If you feel that the housing determination is not adequate for the needs of your disability, you can appeal the decision. Please supply additional/more current documentation or include additional factors that were not considered in the original decision to the Office of Student Accessibility Services.