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Advising Handbook

Disability Resources

The College requires that students who request accommodations in their coursework provide documentation that meets appropriate guidelines. For questions regarding documentation, reasonable accommodations, or referrals for testing, see the Disability Resources website or contact Disability Resources.

Students with documented disabilities can request that a memo about the need for accommodations be sent to some or all of their instructors and advisors. The letter refers to the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and lists the student’s approved accommodations. Typical accommodations include:

  • Extended time on tests
  • Permission to record classes
  • Testing in separate locations

Students are expected to follow up the letter with a visit to the instructor.

Extended Academic Plan

A student with a documented need for accommodations that necessitates registering for less than a normal load each semester can petition the dean of the College for an extended academic plan, including an additional semester or year of financial support, to complete the degree. This option should first be discussed with the director of Disability Resources, and should only be pursued once all other accommodations have been exhausted.

Course Plan

Assuming that an extended plan is recommended by the Office of Disability Resources, the student should then consult with an advisor in the College Center for Advising Services (CCAS) to develop his or her reduced course load plan. Students are free to complete a major and clusters of their choosing, but the College’s expectation is that this special funding will only cover the minimum requirements required for a bachelor’s degree.

This reduced course load plan, which should be submitted as early in the student’s academic career as possible, should provide an outline of all courses to be completed each semester (and summers when relevant), indicating tentatively selected major, cluster(s), and elective courses.

If approved, the College will regard this plan as the standard against which the student’s progress will be subsequently measured. The student will be expected to meet with his or her CCAS advisor each semester to refine and update the plan as needed. In the event that significant changes need to be made to the academic plan (e.g., change of major or a leave of absence is declared) the student will be expected to resubmit the plan for approval by the dean.

Student Status and Tuition

Students approved for a reduced course load will be expected to register as a full-time student each semester and will pay full tuition to Rochester for each semester through the fourth year. At this point, the College will arrange that no tuition be charged, for the additional ninth and tenth semesters.

Dean’s List

Students who are approved for an extended academic plan are eligible to earn Dean’s List recognition so long as they successfully complete 12 or more credit hours with normal letter grades and no “I” or “N” grades.