A Culture of Care & Excellence in Access
Whitman College is committed to the education of all qualified students, whether or not they have physical limitations or disabilities. Moreover, the law requires us to make our programs genuinely accessible to all qualified students. Any services a department offers to students must be offered to all students without regard to disability. This means that individual instructors may need to modify some of their instructional techniques or modes of assessment in order to enable students with documented disabilities to participate in courses and to demonstrate their mastery of the material. Faculty members should make sure that each class, when viewed in its entirety, is accessible to students who have documented their disabilities to, and obtained accommodation letters from Rebecca Frost, the Director of Academic Resources.
Schedule an appointment with Rebecca Frost, Director of Disability Support Services.
Whitman College will not exclude otherwise qualified applicants or students with disabilities from participation in, or access to, its academic, housing, or extracurricular programs. "Otherwise qualified" refers to students who without consideration of disability are admissible to the College. Program participation will not be denied to a student with a disability when that person, with or without a reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions required of that program.
Students with disabilities, who wish to receive accommodations or services other than those offered to all students, must (1) disclose the disability, (2) provide documentation showing a need for an accommodation, and (3) make a personal request for accommodations to the Director of Academic Resources, Rebecca Frost. Self-identification is voluntary.
- The documentation must be from an individual who is qualified by education and experience to diagnose the specific disability.
- It is not appropriate for professionals to evaluate members of their own families for the purpose of documentation of a disability; however, input from parents is welcome.
- All reports should be typed or legibly written on letterhead. They must be dated and signed.
- The documentation must include the instruments and standards used to evaluate the student, and should describe the manner in which the student is substantially limited in one or more major life activities.
- The documentation must be current, within five years for learning disabilities, last six months for psychiatric disabilities, or last three years for all other disabilities.
- The report can list recommended accommodations; however the staff in the ARC determine whether an accommodation is appropriate and reasonable.