Information for Prospective Students and Families

Middlebury College has adopted the following two-stage process for making reasonable accommodations to promote the accessibility of its programs for students with qualifying disabilities:

1. Certification

a. Prior to matriculation, each admitted student receives a Special Needs Identification Form. Each student requesting accommodation must complete this form, which requires, among other things:

a description of the disability, including the manner in which the disability limits major life activities relevant to a student's participation in Middlebury's programs;

a description of the specific accommodations requested. (Additional copies of this form are available from Student Accessibility Services.)

b. The form must be accompanied by documentation consisting of report(s) from objective professionals qualified to diagnose the disability at issue, verifying the nature and extent of the disability, and the manner in which the disability limits major life activities relevant to a student's participation in Middlebury's programs (see Documentation, below).

c. The Special Needs Identification Form and documentation should be submitted to Student Accessibility Services immediately in order to facilitate the accommodation process being completed in as timely a manner as reasonably possible.

d. The ADA Committee reviews the request for accommodation, and the accompanying documentation, and pursues one of the following courses of action:

i. certifies the student's eligibility for accommodation under the ADA; or

ii. finds that there is insufficient evidence to certify the student's eligibility, and

(a) denies the student's request for accommodation and informs the student of the available channels of appeal; or

(b) requests additional information.

2. Accommodation

Once a student has been certified as eligible for accommodation, the ADA Committee:

a. reviews the student's request for accommodation(s);

b. works with the student, and other appropriate members of the College community, to formulate a proposed course of action that would constitute a reasonable accommodation of the student's disability, in view of the nature and extent of the disability, the student's compensatory skills, and course or program requirements;

Note: The ADA Committee reserves the right to recommend accommodations that differ from the specific approaches suggested by the student, or by individuals documenting the student's disability, so long as the accommodations proposed by the ADA Committee achieve the objective of program accessibility as required by law.

If accommodations acceptable to the student cannot be developed through cooperative dialogue, the student may appeal the decision of the ADA Committee through the Appeals Process described in Section G of this document.