A qualified student with a disability at Amherst College has the right to:

  • Dignity and respect
  • Reasonable accommodations
  • Receive an education in an integrated environment- meaning a setting that allows students with disabilities to interact with non-disabled students to the fullest extent possible
  • Confidentiality of records provided to Accessibility Services

Amherst College has the right to:  

  • Establish academic course and degree requirements, including determining essential standards and requirements for courses, degrees, programs, activities, and services
  • Request and receive, through Accessibility Services, documentation of a disability when an accommodation is requested
  • Deny a request for accommodations and services if:
    1. an individual fails to provide the required documentation
    2. the provided documentation outlining the functional limitations does not support the requested accommodation
    3. the student fails to make the request in a reasonable time period
    4. the requested accommodation poses a health or safety risk
    5. the requested accommodation imposes an undue financial or administrative burden, or fundamental alteration to a program, service, or activity

The College may also provide an alternative, effective accommodation other than the requested or preferred accommodation. The College will engage in an interactive process with the student, regarding the alternative accommodation.

A qualified student with a disability at Amherst College has the responsibility to:

  • Meet qualifications and requirements for courses, programs, services, and activities
  • Abide by the college’s Honor Code
  • Self-identify to Accessibility Services as an individual with a disability, if an accommodation is sought
  • Provide proper documentation of a disability, from a qualified professional in the field of the disability, if requesting an accommodation
  • Request an accommodation in a timely manner
  • Notify Accessibility Services, in a timely manner, if there is a problem with an accommodation
  • Follow published procedures for obtaining reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and auxiliary aids or services
  • Follow campus policies and procedures as set forth by the College

Amherst College has the responsibility to:

  • Provide equal access to courses, programs, activities, and services
  • Practice non-discrimination in accordance with state and federal laws
  • Provide reasonable accommodations in a timely manner
  • Provide courses, programs, services, and facilities that are available and usable in the most integrated and appropriate settings
  • Meet accessibility standards for classroom materials provided by the College, as required by applicable law, or as described in an approved accommodation
  • Maintain confidentiality of records and communications as required by federal law

Amherst College is not responsible for providing:

  • Personal care
  • Personal devices
  • Psycho-educational evaluation/testing for the presence of a disability
  • Accommodation appointments, or responses to email requests outside of office hours
  • Transportation (unless provided for all students for a special event)
  • Personal coaching

 Note: the lists on this page are not exclusive.