Policy and Grievance Procedures

Academic Accommodations

Policy and Grievance Procedure

Establishing reasonable accommodations regarding teaching and evaluative methods in a particular course relies on an interactive process including the student, the instructor, and the Office of Academic Advising and may require adaptation on the part of the student and the instructor. Reasonable accommodation may involve some curricular modifications, but only if they do not substantially alter course content or requirements essential to the academic program.

Once a student has completed the process for establishing an IEAP (Individual Educational Accommodation Plan) through the Office of Academic Advising, it is the responsibility of the student to request accommodation from an individual course instructor and to discuss the implementation of accommodations in that course. Using the IEAP as a guide, the student and course instructor, with the assistance of the Office of Academic Advising as requested by the student or instructor, establish how accommodations, if any, will be implemented for that course.

The Dean of Academic Advising is responsible for making final decisions about accommodations in circumstances in which the student and instructor do not reach consensus. The student or course instructor can seek assistance from the Dean of Academic Advising in such circumstances. After reviewing the request, the Dean will provide his/her final decision in writing to both the student and the instructor in a timely way, normally, within a week.

The Provost is responsible for addressing any grievances from students or instructors arising from the final decision of the Dean of Academic Advising. The student or instructor who wishes to grieve a final decision by the Dean of Academic Advising should contact the Provost in writing to explain the nature of the grievance. After reviewing the case, the Provost will respond in writing to the student and the instructor in a timely way, normally, within a week. The Provost's decision is final and not subject to appeal.

The College prohibits retaliation against anyone in any way related to the use of this Policy and Procedure.