Introduction

Marietta College is committed to providing an environment in which all students have the opportunity to participate in the academic experience, which includes students with disabilities. Academic accommodations exist in order to provide students with disabilities equal access and opportunity to the many experiences on a college campus. Federal and state laws govern how and to what extent students with disabilities receive accommodations. Faculty members play an integral role in providing those accommodations. Faculty are encouraged to work closely with the Disability Services office when questions or concerns about accommodations arise.

Confidentiality

Disability Resources is committed to ensuring that all information and communication regarding students and their disabilities is maintained as confidential except when disclosure is authorized by the student or permitted by law. The goal of the confidentiality process is to ensure that students with disabilities will not be discriminated against based on their disability.

No one other than authorized personnel within a college community has access to a student’s disability related information. A student need not disclose their specific disability to faculty or staff. Faculty and staff need to know what accommodations are appropriate and necessary to meet the student’s disability related needs. In some instances, a faculty or staff person may request a more in-depth discussion to better facilitate the student’s learning. In that case, the faculty or staff member should contact the Disability Services office. To protect confidentiality, all disability related diagnostic documentation must be filed only with the Disability Services office. Information in student files will not be released except in compliance with federal and state law.

Academic Accommodations Process:

  1. Student must meet with the Director of Disability Services in order to establish new accommodations; or returning students must submit an accommodation request form each semester
  2. The Disability Services office will email the student’s Academic Access Letter to faculty
  3. Students must meet with faculty in order to discuss their accommodations for that course
  4. Faculty complete the Accommodation Confirmation Form in order to confirm that a plan for accommodations are in place for that course Click here to complete the Faculty Accommodation Confirmation Form

Exam Proctoring Request Process:

  1. Student must submit an online exam request form a minimum of 2 days prior to the exam or quiz
  2. Student should also notify faculty of any exams/quizzes that they plan to take in the Testing Center using whatever method the faculty and student established
  3. Exams can be dropped off to the Director of Disability Services in THMS 304 or can be emailed to accessibility@marietta.edu
  4. Student will take exam or quiz in the Testing Center, located in THMS 223. Student will be proctored by a trained student accommodations assistant.
  5. Completed exams will be delivered to the departments Administrative Coordinator. Alternative arrangements for delivery can also be made.

Common Myths and Realities:

Myth: Anyone can get accommodations.
Reality: The Disability Services office only provides accommodations to students who present documentation of a diagnosed disability. Documentation must meet the requirements set forth by the Disability Services office.

Myth: Extended time for exams is an “academic boost.”
Reality: A student who doesn’t know the material can sit with an exam for as long as they want, and still get a bad grade. Students with testing accommodations have a documented disability that impacts test taking. Extended time is not interfering with course requirements, it is merely making the playing field more even.

Myth: Test anxiety is a disability.
Reality: Many students become anxious when taking an exam. However, in order for the student to qualify for testing accommodations, they must have a documented disability.