Reasonable accommodations are modifications or adjustments to the tasks, environment or to the way things are usually done that enable individuals with disabilities to have an equal opportunity to participate in an academic program (U.S. Department of Education, 2007).
Students with disabilities who are otherwise qualified receive reasonable accommodations to insure that they are provided equal access to all Randolph College programming and academic pursuits. Reasonable accommodations do not compromise academic integrity or create a fundamental alteration of the course and/or program.
The Coordinator of Access services gathers documentation in the form of reports from medical providers, school psychologists, and general and/or special educators; psychoeducational or other professional evaluations; and accommodations listed in K-12 IEP or 504 documents. Eligibility is determined based on this documentation and interviews with the student.
Extended test time is typically allowed for students with processing issues, attention issues, reading and/or writing deficits, and test-related anxiety. Students with visual impairments or hearing loss who require an interpreter also qualify for extended time.
Students with AD/HD, ADD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and anxiety often require an environment with reduced distractions in order to fully focus on the task at hand. Testing for this accommodation is completed in the Testing Center in the ASC.
Students who use speech-to-text software are permitted to test in isolation so they will not distract others. Students who exhibit behaviors that would potentially distract others (e.g., stimming, drumming, pacing, self-talk) are also allowed to test in isolation. There are three rooms on the fifth floor of Lipscomb Library that are dedicated to testing in isolation.
Students with deficits in written expression, or dyslexia may require the use of a laptop during tests in order to have access to voice recognition and text-to-speech software. Students with fine motor issues may also require the use of a laptop.
Students with an auditory processing disorder, dyslexia, deficits in written expression, or fine motor issues are allowed to use assistive technology including audio recorders, laptops, and “Smart Pens” for note taking purposes. Students making audio recordings must sign an “Audio Recording Agreement” in order to utilize this accommodation.
Students with auditory or visual processing issues, dyslexia, deficits in written expression, or physical disabilities (fine motor, hearing, vision) may require a volunteer or paid note taker in order to have access to lecture notes.