Accommodations are defined as all adjustments, alterations, or modifications that allow a student with a documented disability or impairment to have equal access to college programs and activities.
There are accessible parking spots in every parking lot on campus. To apply for an accessible parking sticker/medical decal, you must provide a doctor's letter and appropriate documentation to the Department of Public Safety. To receive more information, contact the Department of Public Safety at (781) 239-5555.
A student may request an alternative chair or table in his/her classrooms to compensate for a temporary or permanent physical Disability. If the request is appropriate, the director of the Learning Center will assume the responsibility of locating alternate chairs or tables and work with Facilities to deliver them to the student’s classrooms.
Assistive Listening Devices
A student with a documented hearing impairment may require an assistive listening device in the classroom. The most appropriate device is a Williams Sound Hearing Helper Personal FM System in which the class instructor wears a microphone and the student wears an amplification unit. A student may borrow a FM System from Media Services on an as-needed basis.
Students are encouraged to register with Learning Ally and Bookshare to procure audio books. The Office of Disability Services will work with the student to assure textbook availability. All relevant textbook information (i.e., book title, author, publisher, and publication date) must be forwarded to the director of the Learning Center six weeks before the start of the semester in which audio books are required. Students will also participate in the process to obtain books on tape.
Course Load Accommodations
It is an option for a student with a disability or impairment to take a reduced course load while retaining a full-time status. To request a reduced course load, a student must provide appropriate and recent documentation to the director of the Learning Center. Reduced loads are processed on a semester by semester basis. In addition, the student must meet with the director to discuss this request, submit a formal written request, and apply for a Petition for Variance on the E-Forms by the Add/Drop deadline. Following the request, the director will inform the student as to whether the request is approved or denied. Note: A reduced course load in no way jeopardizes the full-time status of a student with a disability. It may, however, jeopardize the financial support a student receives from the college or the government. Thus, if a student requests a reduced course load, he/she must first speak with a representative from the Student Financial Services located on the third floor of Hollister Hall.
Distraction-Reduced Test Environment
The Office of Disability Services makes a concerted effort to provide a student with a private / small group room in which to take his/her exams if this request is reasonable.
Extended Exam Time
Time and a half is the amount of time students will receive for quizzes and exams unless there are serious mitigating circumstances outlined specifically in the student’s documentation dictating otherwise. A student must not expect to receive more than time and a half unless his/her academic accommodation letter specifically states otherwise.
The director of the Learning Center works closely with the director of Residence Life to arrange suitable on-campus housing accommodations. Reasonable accommodations depend upon the nature and degree of severity of the disability or impairment. While the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended requires that priority consideration be given to the specific methods requested by the student. It does not imply that a particular accommodation must be granted if it is deemed not reasonable and other suitable techniques are available. Medical Housing Request Form.pdf
A student with a documented hearing impairment may request a Sign Language Interpreter. It is recommended that students in need of an interpreter communicate with the director of the Learning Center well in advance of the scheduled event. If an interpreter is required for all lectures and academic related events throughout a semester, the student must communicate with the Office of Disability Services eight weeks before the beginning of the semester.
Laptop Computer/Word Processor
A student with an appropriate disability or impairment may be permitted to use a laptop computer to complete his/her exam.
If requested and appropriate, students may be permitted to take exams orally. First and foremost, however, appropriate documentation must be provided clearly stating the student’s need to take exams orally. Furthermore, this request must be agreed upon by the course instructor(s) directly responsible for providing these exams.
A student may request a peer-note taker for assistance in obtaining pertinent information provided in lectures. If this accommodation is granted, the director of the Learning Center will generate an academic accommodation letter, which is emailed to the professor. The student should communicate with the instructor to discuss this accommodation. The instructor is responsible for recruiting a reliable student willing to provide his/her class notes. Peer-note takers are provided as a necessary academic accommodation and are not considered a substitute for a student’s full participation in the course.
Permission to Stand or Move About
A student with a temporary or permanent physical disability may request permission to briefly stand or move about during the scheduled classroom time. If the request is appropriate, it will be documented in the accommodation letter and students will assume the responsibility of communicating this need with instructors.
Physically Accessible Classrooms
Classroom locations may be changed to meet the needs of a student with a temporary or permanent mobility-related impairment. It is the responsibility of the student to speak with the director of the Learning Center prior to the beginning of each semester to discuss this accommodation. If the request is appropriate, the director will assume the responsibility of locating an alternate classroom and informing the student.
A student may request preferential seating in his/her classes for various reasons. If the request is appropriate, the request will be documented in the accommodation letter and students will assume the responsibility of communicating this need with instructors.
If requested and appropriate, a scribe will be provided by the director of the Learning Center. The job of the scribe is to transcribe the student’s answers verbatim. The scribe and student are not permitted to discuss the exam under any circumstance, nor is the scribe there to assist a student with ideas or content of the exam. Rather, the scribe is there only to transcribe dictated information. A scribe is responsible for writing down punctuation as dictated; he/she is not responsible for grammar or correct spelling of course related terms. The student must understand that he/she is ultimately responsible for the final product. The student is encouraged to review the transcription (if possible) and dictate any needed changes.
A student may request permission to record lectures. If requested, a tape recorder can be provided to a student for lecture use only. It is the responsibility of the student to return the tape recorder to the director of the Learning Center by the date agreed upon when the accommodation request is made. Babson College prohibits the use of recording devices to record class lectures OR DISCUSSIONS unless a student has RECEIVED the prior written approval of the professor, lecturer, guest lecturer or speaker or has received prior written approval from the Office of Disabilities Services. The recording may not be accessed or used by any other individual. The recording may not be reproduced, transcribed, distributed, publicly played, or transmitted without the prior written approval of the professor, lecturer, guest lecturer or speaker.
Verbatim Text Reader
If requested and appropriate, a verbatim text reader will be provided by the director of the Learning Center. The job of the reader is to read all written material on an exam for the student. The reader and student are not permitted to discuss the exam under any circumstance. A reader will not define any course-related terms or suggest an answer in any way.