C. Americans with Disabilities Act ( ADA )


Middlebury College recognizes and supports the standards set forth in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and similar state laws (hereinafter "applicable law" or "law(s)"), which are designed to eliminate discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities. Disabilities may include physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of a person's major life activities, and which necessitates modifications to the facilities, programs, or services of the College. Middlebury College is committed to making reasonable accommodations for qualifying students, faculty, and employees with disabilities as required by applicable laws. Middlebury College is also committed to making the campus and its facilities accessible as required by law. The College cannot make accommodations that are unduly burdensome or that fundamentally alter the nature of the College's program.

While responsibility for the accommodation of students with qualifying disabilities must be assumed and shared by all members of the College community, the College has established a process that is designed to facilitate the reasonable accommodation of students with disabilities. An ADA Committee of faculty and staff, appointed by the president, certifies eligibility for accommodation under the ADA for students presenting evidence of qualifying disabilities, and reviews and acts upon all student requests for reasonable accommodations. Further, the ADA Committee, in consultation with appropriate campus personnel, facilitates the implementation of accommodations that have been deemed reasonable and appropriate in light of the nature of a student's disability and in consideration of the individual's academic requirements. The ADA Committee also serves as a resource to students and faculty on issues of accommodations and helps to coordinate the implementation of other approved accommodations within other sectors of the institution.

Faculty, staff, and other College employees who have ADA related concerns are currently assisted by Human Resources, which can be reached at 802-443-5465 (voice) or 802-443-5949 (TTY).

The ADA Policy can be found in the appendices to this Handbook or on the web at *** http://www.middlebury.edu/studentlife/doc/ada/policy. *** Individuals who have been accepted to Middlebury College who may require special services are encouraged to contact the ADA Office as soon as possible after admission in order to ensure the timely provision of services. The ADA Office can provide copies of the ADA Policy and the Special Needs Identification Form and can also answer inquiries about ADA issues and Middlebury College. The ADA Office can be reached at 802-443-5936 (voice) or 802-443-7437 (TTY) or via e-mail at ada@middlebury.edu.