Following a review of documentation, Disability Resources staff and/or LD Specialist will work with the student to develop a plan for accommodations and support services. Recommended academic modifications may include:
Students must meet with course instructors at the beginning of the semester to provide information regarding their disability and to discuss accommodations and strategies that will be appropriate. Disability Resources staff will provide supportive assistance and advocacy, and serve as a liaison between the student and the instructor when requested by the student.
Modifications in an academic program or in major/minor requirements may include additional time for meeting requirements, course or policy modification, adjustment of testing formats, or other reasonable adaptations. Disability Resources staff members are available to discuss possible modifications with the student based on documentation submitted.
The student must submit a request for modification in writing, to the Department Chairperson or Program Coordinator. The letter should provide a brief description of the disability and include a statement as to how the disability necessitates the modification requested.
The student must submit a request for a substitution of general education or degree requirements in writing, to the appropriate school dean. The dean's office may refer the student to the Disability Resources staff to compile appropriate documentation to support the request. A substitution review committee will be convened to consider the request and will forward a decision to the school dean. When satisfied with the recommended decision, the dean will notify the student of the decision in writing.
In the review process the committee will examine not only the documentation pertaining to the disability, but also the impact the substitution will have on the student's academic program and career goals. Waivers are rarely granted; generally a student is directed to enroll in specific classes in substitution for the requirement. Petitions should be presented well in advance of the anticipated date of graduation to permit sufficient time to complete approved substitution coursework.
Note: Students who were exempt from foreign language or other
specific classes in high school or at previous Universitys should not assume
that they will be automatically exempt at Bridgewater. Students are
advised to meet with the LD Specialist or Disability Resources Coordinator to
determine whether their documentation is sufficient to request consideration
of a substitution for the University requirement.
Last Modified: February 14, 2011