Disability Services and ADA Accomodations

Rosemont College accommodates students with disabilities who have satisfied admissions requirements for its various courses of study, in accordance with the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

The policy is designed to give all such students an opportunity to succeed academically with the provision of “reasonable accommodation” as delineated in this legislation. 

 

Definitions

Disability: A person with a “disability” is defined as a person who has or is regarded as having any permanent mental, or physical condition that substantially impairs or restricts one or more major life activities such as performing normal tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, working, and learning. A disability is not a temporary condition (e.g., a broken arm) which will end at some point.

Reasonable Accommodation: Reasonable accommodation refers to modifications in the learning environment that would enable a student with disability to enjoy equal opportunity. Accommodations may also include some modification to the physical environment. 

It should be noted that the law does not require that students with disabilities be given either special advantages or the “best” accommodations, nor does it compel the College to provide accommodations which impose an undue burden on it. 

Accommodations are never granted retroactively. Students who request and receive Accommodations should not expect that such Accommodations will apply to matters which arose prior to the granting of the accommodation.

 

Procedure

Students are responsible for disclosing their disability to the College in a timely manner and are required to provide current and appropriate documentation to substantiate the existence of the disabling condition. 

Students who believe that they require accommodation under this policy should immediately contact the Dean of Students who serves as the Disability/504 coordinator for the College. The coordinator may be reached at (610) 527-0200 x2400. 

Students should be prepared to discuss the nature and extent of the disability and the specific accommodations that they feel are necessary. Written documentation to substantiate the disability is also required. Among the acceptable forms of documentation are: 

  • A 12th grade IEP
  • A written report from a certified school psychologist
  • A written report from a physician, psychiatrist, or psychologist
  • Such other documentation as the Disabilities Coordinator may deem appropriate

Once the necessary documentation has been received the Coordinator will schedule a meeting with the ADA Committee as necessary. The purpose of the meeting will be to determine what accommodations are necessary and appropriate and the manner in which they will be provided. The student will then be notified of the accommodations to be offered.

If all parties are in agreement, the Disabilities Coordinator will provide all parties with a written summary of the accommodations agreed to, along with other relevant information.

If the student disagrees with the accommodations offered, s/he may access the grievance procedure as outlined in the full College Disabilities Policy, a copy of which will be made available to the student by the Coordinator.