Disabilities

In the spirit of our strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, here at Kalamazoo College we are committed to making education accessible to all students. We strive to increase access and opportunities for students with disabilities, and promote self-advocacy and growth. Dana Jansma, the Senior Associate Dean of Students, collaborates with students with disabilities on an individualized basis to create reasonable accommodations that support and promote success.

Policy on Meeting the Needs of Students with Disabilities

In compliance with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as Amended, and with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Kalamazoo College recognizes that qualified students who have diagnosed or identified learning, physical, or emotional disabilities are entitled to the same benefits from the educational programs of the college as non-disabled students. Kalamazoo College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities, unless that accommodation imposes undue hardship or burden or would not alleviate a direct threat to the student or others. The Senior Associate Dean of Students and the student will work together to negotiate and ensure appropriate accommodations that will work for the student. Cost associated with diagnosis, evaluation, and testing is the responsibility of the student, except in cases of severe financial need demonstrated to, and upon recommendation of, the Senior Associate Dean of Students. The office also makes assistance available to students experiencing short-term illness or physical injury.

Kalamazoo College has the right to:

  • Deny a request for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services if the documentation demonstrates that the request is not warranted, or if the individual fails to provide appropriate documentation.

Please direct questions to Dana Jansma, Senior Associate Dean of Students, Student Development Office, 269.337.7209, dana.jansma@kzoo.edu.

Procedure

  • Upon enrollment or upon receiving an assessment that verifies a disability, a student must make an appointment with the Senior Associate Dean of Students/Disability Services Coordinator to discuss the disability and the process for receiving accommodations. It will be imperative to bring or send ahead the medical verification of the disability.
  • Print and complete the printable Request for Disability Accommodation form or complete the online Request for Disability Accommodation form.
  • You must provide a copy of the medical documentation and any recommendations about necessary accommodations that are included. If the assessment does not provide the necessary information with which to determine accommodations or if the assessment is more than three years old, the Senior Associate Dean of Students may ask the student for additional assessment.
  • The Senior Associate Dean of Students/Disability Services Coordinator will review the assessment. The student and Senior Associate Dean of Students will then enter into negotiations to determine appropriate accommodations. One should not assume that specific accommodations offered in high school would necessarily be offered by the College.
  • The Senior Associate Dean of Students/Disability Services Coordinator will communicate in writing to the student the approved accommodations.
  • Each quarter, the Senior Associate Dean of Students/Disability Services Coordinator will send a letter about the disability and accommodations to the faculty of courses in which the student is registered unless the student requests that this step not be taken.
  • If the accommodations do not seem to be working, the student shall contact the Senior Associate Dean of Students/Disability services Coordinator and they will work together to discover why the accommodations are not working and to develop additional or different accommodations if that becomes necessary.