Babson College welcomes students with disabilities to participate fully in all aspects of their college experience. Babson College is prepared to modify policies, practices and procedures, as necessary, to assure that students with disabilities have full access to all programs, services, and benefits of the institution. This includes (but is not limited to) classroom and exam accommodations, housing and dining accommodations, assuring architectural and facilities access, and modifications of policies that might have differential impact on students because of disability. Our policy is consistent with relevant governmental statutes and regulations surrounding issues for students with disabilities including those pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (amended in 2008), Title IX of the Federal Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The College provides students with reasonable accommodations in a timely manner when such accommodations are necessary to afford goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations to individuals with disabilities, unless providing the accommodation would fundamentally alter the nature of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations.
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. The following section highlights some of the accommodations that have been requested by our students. The list is certainly not exhaustive and Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR) encourages all students to meet with the Director of the Learning Center to discuss other reasonable accommodations. Students should schedule an appointment with the director of the Learning Center /OAR before the start of the semester, or as early in the semester as possible, to discuss accommodation requests.
- Exam and Classroom Accomodations
- American Sign Language
- Assistive Technology
- Meal Plan Accommodations
- Medical Housing Accomodations
Exam and Classroom Accommodations
A student may request an alternative chair or table in his/her classrooms to compensate for a temporary or permanent physical disability.
Course Load Accommodations
To request a reduced course load, a student must submit a Petition for Variance form located on the Office of Academic Services website by the add/drop deadline. Next, a student must provide appropriate documentation to meet with the director of the Learning Center. 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
A student may request to take exams in a private or small group room.
Extended Exam Time
A student may request time and a half 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.
Laptop Computer/Word Processor
A student may request the use of a laptop computer to complete an essay exam.
A student may request a peer-note taker for assistance in obtaining pertinent information provided in lectures. 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 may request to briefly stand or move about during the scheduled classroom time.
A student may request preferential seating in his/her classes/exams.
A student may request permission to record lectures. 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.
A student may request the help of a scribe during an exam. The job of the scribe is to transcribe the student’s answers verbatim.
Verbatim Text Reader
A student may request a verbatim text reader. The job of the reader is to read exam directions and questions verbatim.
American Sign Language
A student may request a Sign Language Interpreter. The student must make the request to the Office of Disability Services eight weeks before the beginning of the semester.
Assistive Listening Devices
A student may request an assistive listening device in the classroom. The student must make the request to the Office of Disability Services eight weeks before the beginning of the semester.
A student may request audio books by submitting relevant textbook information (i.e. book title, author, publisher, and publication date) to the Office of Disability Services eight weeks before the start of the semester. Students are encouraged to register with Learning Ally and Bookshare to procure audio books.
Voice Recognition Software
A student may request voice recognition software. The student must make the request to the Office of Disability Services eight weeks before the beginning of the semester.
Meal Plan Accommodations
Meal Plan Accommodations
A student may request a meal plan accommodation. The Babson College Meal Plan Accommodation Review Committee conducts a comprehensive individualized assessment prior to making a decision.
Babson Dining Services is happy to support those students with food allergies and other dietary concerns. A dedicated area at Trim Dining Hall named G8 provides a variety of non-allergenic foods in addition an area called SPACE (Special Product Allergen Controlled Eating) which hosts refrigerated items non-allergenic items, a GF Waffle Maker, a toaster and microwave oven used solely for foods without gluten to minimize cross-contact. Students with food allergies/celiac disease are welcome to utilize these areas.
We refer an initial meeting with Shavaun Cloran, RD to assist with navigating the dining hall’s specific to the student’s nutritional concern. Contact Shavaun Cloran, Registered Dietitian, Shavaun.Cloran@babson.edu or complete the Nutrition Outreach Form (https://babson.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0qgvGqItwT0xmqV), to arrange a meeting to further educate on dining opportunities specific to their nutritional concern, meeting of allergen trained staff, etc.
Medical Housing Accommodations
A student may request a medical housing accommodation. The Babson College Medical Housing Committee conducts a comprehensive individualized assessment prior to making a decision.
Service Animal and Emotional Support Animal Policy
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 or you may visit them at the Public Safety Building located along Sullivan Road next to Forrest Hall.