Reasonable Accommodations policy

Disability Services at Olin (DSO) collaborates with and empowers individuals who have documented disabilities by working together proactively to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations in a variety of avenues that impact student life (academic, housing, dietary).  We value a community approach to understanding disability as an integral part of diversity and work in collaboration with stakeholders on campus to promote a holistic and informed approach to accessibility.

It is Olin College’s policy to comply fully with all state and federal disability laws. Olin does not discriminate against applicants or students with disabilities, and will consider modification to academic programs where necessary to ensure that our requirements are not discriminatory, as long as the modifications do not fundamentally alter the nature of our programs. Student Affairs coordinates services for students with learning disabilities, sensory impairments, psychological disabilities and medical conditions.

Academic Accommodations

  • The ADA does not require colleges or universities to lower academic standards or fundamentally alter the nature of the programs provided.  Students with documented disabilities must meet all requirements for graduation.  A reasonable accommodation is a modification to adjustment to a course, program, service, activity, or facility that removes an existing barrier to access, so that qualified students with disabilities have equal opportunities to attain the same levels of performance or enjoy equal benefits and privileges as are available to similarly situated students without disabilities.  Please note that accommodations are not retroactive. 
  • Students are responsible for identifying themselves to the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and providing appropriate documentation of their disability and need for accommodation. Services for students with learning disabilities may include, but are not limited to, academic accommodations, coaching on organizational and time management skills, and academic advising. Services for students with physical, sensory, or psychological impairments as well as medical conditions may include, but are not limited to, academic accommodations, assistance with adaptive technology, accessibility accommodations, and academic advising. 
Any specific modifications granted will be based on detailed discussions with each student about their particular situation, on information from a medical or health care provider concerning the student’s disability and related needs, and on an open dialogue about educational expectations.  In other words, disability services is seen as an ongoing conversation that we are always open to having, depending on the student's needs and experiences.