Bard College Student Handbook

Services for Students with Disabilities

Disability Support Coordinator

Stevenson Library, Room 211, phone: 7532



In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Bard College is committed to providing otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities equal access to the College’s academic courses, programs, and activities. In support of this mission, the College provides services and reasonable accommodations to self-identified students who present the appropriate documentation. Students who claim physical, learning, or psychological disabilities should register with the Disability Support Coordinator at the start of the semester or as soon as the diagnosis of disability is made. The student will be asked to complete the disability registration form and present documentation that verifies the disability, details the impact of the disability, and provides suggested accommodations to mitigate the impact. Registration forms are available at

Students who have a properly documented disability are entitled to reasonable accommodations or modifications to help them meet academic standards and access the programs and services of the college. ‘Reasonable’ is here understood to exclude any accommodation or modification that places an undue burden on the College or would require a fundamental alteration of programs or services. Typical accommodations include, but are not limited to: exam modifications (extended time, alternative formats, reduced-distraction testing locations); alternative ways of completing assignments; housing policy accommodations; and auxiliary aids and services. The particular accommodations afforded a student will be determined jointly by the student and the Disability Support Coordinator through a dynamic process that includes professional recommendations, student history, and current academic requirements. What is considered appropriate for one student may not be considered appropriate for another student. The College reserves the right to refuse particular accommodations if other accommodations will serve the student’s needs equally as well and place less of a burden on the College. 

Students who think they have been discriminated against on the basis of disability should file a detailed written complaint with the Disability Support Coordinator as soon as possible after the alleged discrimination occurred. The Disability Support Coordinator will investigate the complaint and issue a report, normally within 30 days. Unsatisfactory resolutions should be taken up with the Dean of Studies, who serves as the College’s ADA coordinator. Further appeals may be addressed directly to the President. Students who file a complaint are protected against retaliation in any form. If a student suspects that such retaliation has occurred, s/he should file a written complaint, as per the above.