Accessibility and Disability Resources
Director of Accessibility and Disability Resources
Olin 106, phone: 7532
E-mail: [email protected]
Bard College strives to create an accessible, equitable, and welcoming campus community for students with disabilities. The College is committed to maintaining compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, by providing otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities equal access to academic courses, programs, and activities. In support of this mission, the College provides services and reasonable accommodations to students through the Office of Accessibility and Disability Resources when a barrier to access exists. Students who may require particular accommodations to ensure access should register with Disability Services by June 1 (incoming students) 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 and additional information can be found on the Disability Access Services website.
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. The particular accommodations afforded a student will be determined jointly by the student and the disability office through a dynamic, interactive process that includes the professional documentation and recommendations provided by the student, student history, and current academic requirements. What is considered appropriate for one student may not be considered appropriate for another student. Every consideration to prioritize the student’s requested accommodation will be made, though the College reserves the right to provide an alternative accommodation if it will serve the student’s needs equally as well and places less of a burden on the College.
To start the accommodations process, students must complete the online registration form and provide documentation. Please see the Disability Access Services website for documentation guidelines. If students have concerns about documentation, we encourage them to still register as we may be able to help in this regard.
Students who have a disagreement about their accommodation and/or the way a disability is being handled can contact Erin Braselmann ([email protected]), Director of Disability Access Services, to discuss potential mitigation of barriers and solutions. Students who believe that they have been discriminated against on the basis of a disability can contact Lauren Gretina ([email protected]), the College’s Civil Rights Coordinator, in the Office of Title IX and Nondiscrimination (OTN) to discuss their options and how to move forward with either an informal resolution or the formal complaint process. Students can also speak to Hannah Zipple ([email protected]), Dean of Students, regarding these complaints. Students who file a complaint are protected against retaliation in any form. If a student suspects that such retaliation has occurred, the student should contact OTN.