FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for accommodations?

What documentation is needed?

Is an IEP or 504 Plan from high school appropriate documentation?

What information do you need if I am transferring from another college or university?

What if I require temporary accommodations?

Do academic accommodations need to be renewed each semester?

What kinds of accommodations are typically provided?

How do I register for services and request accommodations?

What is the ADA, the ADAAA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act?

How do these laws impact a college education?

How do accommodations in college differ from services in high school?

Are there academic resources for students with accommodations?

How can my parents or guardians gain access to my academic performance?

What is the objective of academic accommodations?

Are services for accommodations the same college to college?

Are there additional resources available?


Q: Who is eligible for accommodations?
A:
Accommodations are available to all currently enrolled students who have a documented disability that substantially limits them in one or more of life's major activities.

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Q: What documentation is needed?
A:
Current, comprehensive, professional documentation that consists of a diagnosis of the limiting disability and an evaluation by an appropriate professional describing the current impact of the disability, the diagnosing professional's recommendations for management of the limitations of the disability and how these recommendations relate to the accommodation(s) requested.

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Q: Is an IEP or 504 Plan from high school appropriate documentation?
A: The information in an IEP, 504 Plan or Transition Plan may be appropriate documentation. A student may also wish to include a psycho-educational evaluation report as supportive documentation. Please note, a student must request this information separately from their request for high school transcripts.  The documentation should be sent to Champlain College's Office of Accessibility.

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Q: What information do you need if I am transferring from another college or university?
A: For students transferring from another college or university, information related to their disability must be requested separately from a request for transcripts.  A Student must request that documentation regarding their disability be sent directly from their current college or university's disability services to Champlain's Office of Accessibility.    If you have any questions please contact Champlain College's Office of Accessibility.

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Q: What if I require temporary accommodations?
A: If you have a temporary condition or disability and require temporary accommodations, contact Office of Accessibility and speak with the Associate Director about your needs.  The Office of Accessibility will request current, comprehensive, professional documentation of your temporary condition or disability and may ask to meet for further discussion of your needs.

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Q: Do academic accommodations need to be renewed each semester?
A: Yes.  It is the student's responsibility to request that their Accommodations be sent to their instructors every semester. This allows the student to self select if they would like to use accommodations in each course. Some student find that there are certain courses that are already accessibile and therefore they do not need their Letter of Accommodation sent to that professor.   It is the student's responsibility to confirm that their  letter of accommodation  has been received and to discuss the accommodations requested with each instructor.

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Q: What kinds of accommodations are typically provided?
A: Services may include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Accessible classrooms
  2. Course aids (such as; extended time for exams, test taking in a low distraction setting and texts in alternate format).
  3. On-campus housing accommodations

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Q: How do I request accommodations?
A:  Students with disabilities who wish to request appropriate and reasonable accommodations should complete the Accommodations Request Form to begin the process of establishing eligibility for accommodations.  It is the student's responsibility to provide current documentation to the Office of Accessibility that establishes a disability. If a student does not have documentation please contact the Office of Accessibility to discuss your options and do not allow this to delay your request for accommodations. 

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Q: What is the ADA, the ADAAA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act?
A: The ADA stands for The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and is a federal civil rights law designed to provide equal opportunity for people with disabilities. The ADA ensures equal access and opportunity and also protects individuals with disabilities from discrimination. The ADAAA stands for The American with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, and broadens the scope of the ADA in some instances.  Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education.

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Q: How do these laws impact a college education?
A: In post secondary education the ADA, the ADAAA and Section 504 ensures that a student with a disability, who is qualified for admission, will have the same access to programs, services and activities as all other students.

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Q: How do accommodations in college differ from services in high school?
A: In college, success is up to the student and the responsibilities of the student and the college are different at the postsecondary level than at the primary and secondary levels. Here are some key points:

  • In the primary and secondary levels (K-12), the school is responsible for identifying, testing and providing services for students with disabilities.
  • At the postsecondary level, the student must; locate the office that provides accommodations for students with disabilities (Champlain's Office of Accessibility), identify themselves to the office, request accommodations and provide appropriate professional documentation that substantiates the need for accommodations. Students are required to participate in the interactive process for accommodations similar to the processes needed for workplace accommodations.
  • A student who needs additional or updated information to support accommodation requests, or who has not been identified as a student with accommodations before college, has financial responsibility for evaluations and testing.
  • At the postsecondary level, once academic accommodations have been approved, the student must request their accommodations in each instance their accommodations are needed.  For example, for testing accommodations, the student must communicate with their instructor that they intend to use their testing accommodations and the student must schedule the dates and times of their exams with the appropriate testing scheduler.

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Q: Are there academic resources for students with accommodations?
A:
Champlain College has many academic resources available to support all students.  It is up to the student to take responsibility to access the available resources. 

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Q: How can my parents or guardians gain access to my academic performance?
A: Champlain College may not, by law (FERPA), contact parents about a student's academic performance, unless the student gives the College permission to do so. Champlain encourages parents and guardians wishing to know how their student is doing to ask their student directly.  We appreciate and value communication that is student initiated and student directed.  The Academic Records & Registration has more information on FERPA at Champlain College.

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Q: What is the objective of academic accommodations?
A: In college, a student with a disability, who is qualified for admission, will have the same access to programs, services and activities as all other students.  Champlain will make appropriate and reasonable accommodations unless doing so would fundamentally alter the nature of the service, program or activity, or if it poses an undue administrative or financial burden. Often, the reason certain accommodation requests are not granted is that they go beyond the scope of this objective. 

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Q: Are accommodations the same college to college?
A: Accommodations may vary from college to college. Students transferring from one postsecondary institution to another may experience differences in the types of accommodations offered. Any student with questions should contact Champlain's Office of Accessibility. 

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Q: Are there additional resources available?
A: The Office of Acccessibility is available to provide further resources and information upon request.

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