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Student Responsibilities

In compliance with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as Amended, and with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Kalamazoo College recognizes that qualified students who have diagnosed or identified learning, physical, or emotional disabilities are entitled to the same benefits from the educational programs of the college as non-disabled students. Kalamazoo College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities, unless that accommodation imposes undue hardship or burden or would not alleviate a direct threat to the student or others.

As Kalamazoo College is obligated to make accommodations to lessen the impact of learning disabilities on academic performance, so is the student obligated to certain actions that will assure the effectiveness of these accommodations. Acting on these "responsibilities of the learning-disabled student" will not only facilitate current academic success, but also provide the foundation for success in post-graduate life.

Student is responsible for initiating contact with appropriate staff to make arrangements for approved accommodations. This could include the following:

a. Meet with the Associate Dean of Students, to determine the appropriate accommodations.
b. Seek help from the professor, and or the Associate Dean of Students.

Student is responsible for carrying their part in implementing the accommodation. This could include the following:

a. Set up meetings with a professor to discuss and arrange for the specific accommodations.
b. Provide an assessment that is not more than three years old.
c. Be prompt and prepared for alternative testing.
d. Tape lectures or discussions.
e. Procure and copy notes from a note-taker.
 f. Ask for the accommodation(s) as specified.

Student is responsible for initiating and continuing activities that treat the symptoms of the learning disability or dysfunctional ramifications of the learning disability, such as: depression, anxiety, substance abuse and procrastination. This might include the appropriate use of medication and initiation or continuation of counseling.

Student is responsible for initiating and continuing participation in activities that lessen the impact of the learning disability on academic performance. This could include the following:

  • Attend all labs and class sessions.
  • Spend an appropriate amount of time studying and preparing for the course, usually this is more than the recommended average time for Kalamazoo College students.
  • Use spell and grammar checks and proofreaders.
  • Order taped texts (based on availability).
  • Make use of campus support systems such as: Supplemental Instruction, Counseling, Academic Resource Center, Kalamazoo Disability Learning Organization.
  • Use organizational calendars and time-management skills.
  • Find study places that reduce distractions.
  • Arrange for tutors to help with studying.