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The Office of Student Affairs at Richmont assists the University in fulfilling its commitment to educate and serve students with disabilities who qualify for admission. This office coordinates and provides a variety of academic and support services to students. Our mission is to promote equal educational opportunities and a welcoming spiritual, academic, physical, and social environment for students with disabilities at the Richmont Graduate University.

If a student has a diagnosed disability and would like to receive accommodations at Richmont Graduate University, they should complete the Student Accommodation Application (see Application tab, below), and submit it, along with required supporting documentation, to the Office of Student Affairs. Please provide documentation from a licensed professional who has relevant training and experience diagnosing the reported condition.

Students approved to receive accommodations will submit a Syllabus Addendum Form for each course, each semester they are enrolled at Richmont.

Questions? Please contact accommodations@richmont.edu.

Shared Responsibilities for Student Accommodations

 Office of Student Affairs is responsible for:

  • Accept applications & approve students for accommodations
  • Notify faculty of student accommodations needs in their course
  • Provide services and accommodations in a timely manner
  • Consult with students and instructors on how to implement accommodations
  • Maintain student confidentiality

 Students are responsible for:

  • Apply for accommodations and request specific recommendations (one time, at application)
  • Complete & Submit a Syllabus Addendum Form to Office of Student Affairs (for each class)
  • Communicate proactively with their instructors throughout the semester
  • Alert the Office of Student Affairs regarding any concerns or questions
  • Request accommodations in a timely manner
  • Follow accommodation procedures and expectations

Faculty/Course Instructors are responsible for: 

  • Initiate contact with student in their course, after being notified by Office of Student Affairs that a student in their course is approved for accommodations
  • Respond to student concerns & questions throughout the semester
  • Alert the Office of Student Affairs regarding any concerns or questions
  • Implement accommodations in a timely manner
  • Maintain student confidentiality

As a Richmont Graduate University student with a disability, you can apply for accommodations (see Application tab, above) to be approved for accommodations. We work with students to provide reasonable accommodations for disability-related barriers in the environment and curriculum so that they have an equal opportunity for success.

Common types of student accommodations include:

  • Exam Accommodations
  • Attendance & Deadline Modifications
  • Access to Lecture Slides/Professor Notes in Advance

Students can apply for and request accommodations in a course at any time during the semester. However, students are expected to make proactive requests within a reasonable timeframe. Accommodations are designed to be implemented at the point of request moving forward.

Note about Attendance & Deadline Modifications:

The role of attendance, due dates and participation vary from course to course, so it is important for you and the student to discuss how Attendance and Deadline Modifications will be handled in your course. The Office of Student Affairs available to you and the student to facilitate the conversation, answer questions, and brainstorm reasonable modifications.

Please keep in mind that an agreement to extend assignment deadlines for projects or papers does not necessarily automatically apply to:

  • intensive class meeting,
  • in-class clinical role-play or in-class group experience,
  • group presentations,
  • any assignments requiring peer review before submission,
  • online discussion board or online weekly interactive assignments, etc.

Extensions of deadlines for assignments are not permitted if the extension will significantly alter the class experience may not be permitted.

Expected Communication from Student Regarding Attendance & Deadline Modifications Throughout the Semester:

  • For any potentially missed course activity related to the ADM agreement, the student is expected to contact the instructor ASAPafter the course event (paper due date, test date, etc.) in order to coordinate the accommodations outlined in this arrangement.
  • The student should reference this accommodation and verify the reason is related to a disability flare-upin the email/communication to assist the professor with managing logistics.
  • In the event of hospitalization/incapacitating flare-ups, the leniency of the expected communication timeline is warranted.The frequency and severity of a student’s symptoms may fluctuate over the course of the semester. Student’s functioning levels may be significantly compromised and should be taken into account.

Questions? Email accommodations@richmont.edu

Students can apply for and request accommodations in a course at any time during the semester. However, students are expected to make proactive requests within a reasonable timeframe. Accommodations are designed to be implemented at the point of request moving forward.

Steps for Faculty:

  1. The Office of Student Affairs will notify you via email if you have a student in your course who has been approved for student accommodations. Student Affairs will provide you with a Syllabus Addendum Form (completed and prepared by the student) for you to sign. This form acts as a contract or addendum to your syllabus and the approved accommodations in your course.
  2. Once you receive this notification, please reach out to the student in a timely manner and communicate to them how you will provide their accommodations in your course. Please communicate specifically how you will work with them to implement their accommodations within the platform your course is delivered.
  3. Please view a student’s Syllabus Addendum Form as a first step to determine how best to provide an accessible learning environment. If you have other ideas regarding how to create access for your course beyond what is listed in this letter, we encourage you to speak with the student to explore alternative modifications. You are also welcome to consult with our questions and concerns.
  4. If you have any concerns about the feasibility of accommodation in your course, please contact the Office of Student Affairs. We want to collaborate on a plan that works for everyone. Note: It is important to never deny a student’s accommodation request without first consulting with our office.

 Please make sure this information is clearly communicated by you to the student on their Syllabus Addendum form each semester.

Questions? Contact accommodations@richmont.edu.

Student Accommodations at Richmont

Common types of Student Accommodations include:

  • Access to Lecture Slides in Advance
  • Exam Accommodations (Extra time or Private, Separate Space)
  • Attendance & Deadline Modifications

Access to Lecture Slides in Advance

Students making this request often desire PP slides or access to class content before their traditional or online class meetings. This often means that students require access to PP or handouts before class meetings.

For online classes, this request often means students need their online course platform “open” to them earlier than one week at a time, so they can prepare for class content ahead of time.

Exam Accommodations (Extra Time or Private, Separate Space)

Students requesting exam/quiz accommodations usually require additional time on tests and quizzes. Please communicate to them if you will have their in-person test proctored or if you will extend their allowed time for online tests and quizzes. Please communicate this ahead of time.

Some students request a quiet, separate space for tests/quizzes for their in-person exams. Please let them know how they can reserve a room on their campus to do so.

Attendance & Deadline Modifications

Students with attendance and deadline modification requests may need these adjustments on either a planned or on an as-needed basis (for diagnoses with possible “flare-ups”).

The role of attendance, due dates, and participation vary from course to course, so it is important for you and your professor to discuss how Attendance and Deadline Modifications will be handled in your course. The Office of Student Affairs available to you and the student to facilitate the conversation, answer questions and brainstorm reasonable modifications.

Please keep in mind that an agreement to extend assignment deadlines for projects or papers does not necessarily automatically apply to:

  • intensive class meeting,
  • in-class clinical role play or in-class group experience,
  • group presentations,
  • any assignments requiring peer review before submission,
  • online discussion board or online weekly interactive assignments, etc.

Extensions of deadlines for assignments are not permitted if the extension will significantly alter the class experience may not be permitted.

Please see the Guidelines for Managing Attendance & Deadline Modifications document for more information.

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