Disability Accommodations Policy
Pomona College complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended, and other applicable state and federal law prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Conditions potentially covered by the law include, among other things, AIDS, Cancer, Cerebral Palsy, Diabetes, Epilepsy, head injuries, hearing impairments, specific learning disabilities, loss of limbs, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, psychiatric disorders, speech impairments, spinal cord injuries, and visual impairments.
The Pomona community includes students with disabilities who may require accommodations. The College is committed to providing appropriate services and reasonable accommodations for students who need them. Students and parents/guardians are encouraged to speak to the College's specialist in disability accommodations, Dean Marcelle Holmes (Alexander Hall, room 102, extension 72147 or contact Marcelle Holmes regarding potential accommodations and the required paperwork. Other deans in the office can also offer advice and support.
During the admission process, each applicant is evaluated on the basis of academic achievement and their potential to satisfy Pomona's rigorous academic standards. Applicants are not admitted to a modified program of study. Once a student with a disability that affects his/her participation in college life has enrolled at Pomona College, he or she should contact the Dean's office and provide documentation of the disability if accommodations are desired. For all students wishing to be accommodated for disabilities, students are required to provide a recent professional evaluation which identifies the disability, describes the challenges to participation in college life the student faces due to the condition, and, if possible, recommends specific accommodations. All documentation must contain the name, title, and professional credentials of the evaluator. All reports should be on letterhead, typed, dated, and signed, and should include information about what tests and/or records were used to make the determinations. This information is kept confidential unless the student specifically authorizes disclosure.
In the case of learning disabilities or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, a dean in Student Affairs will discuss the documentation Pomona requires in order to grant academic accommodations and where such documentation can be obtained if the student has not already obtained it. When documentation of specific learning disorders or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder is provided, the Office of Student Affairs will consult Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services before recommending accommodations.
The student should request accommodations for each semester the accommodations are desired. Accommodations are only provided on a semester-by-semester basis. This is important to preventing disclosure of information that a student wishes to keep private. Additionally, students should request accommodations far in advance of when they believe they will need them. In many cases, one week is sufficient. This advance time is often crucial in order to provide the necessary accommodation.
At the student's request, the student's faculty members for a particular semester will be notified of the approved academic accommodations, including faculty members and the Dean of Students at another Claremont consortium college if the student is taking coursework there through cross-registration. Students with disabilities from other Claremont consortium colleges who are taking coursework at Pomona through cross-registration should contact Pomona's Office of Student Affairs and request that the office obtain their accommodation-related records from the student's home college. In the event of such a student request, and to the extent not already obtained, the Office of Student Affairs will request that the student's home college provide Pomona and the student's faculty members at Pomona with 1) certification that the student is an individual with a disability who is entitled to academic accommodation, 2) certification that the student has previously presented documentation to establish the student's status as above, and 3) a description of the accommodations that have been and are being provided by the home college.
The accommodations should maintain the academic integrity of the courses and the academic program as a whole while attempting to meet the student's needs. Pomona College does not routinely waive academic requirements for students with disabilities. Rather, our policy is to assist the student in his or her efforts to meet Pomona's requirements by making reasonable accommodations.
As additional support, the Office of Student affairs will discuss resources available to students, such as Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services, Writing Fellows, and Pomona's peer tutoring program.
Examples of specific accommodations
- Accommodations for hearing impairments can include FM system, note takers and/or photocopies of lecture notes, written assignments, lab instructions, and demonstration summaries.
- Accommodations for visual impairment include seating near the front of the class, large print handouts, class assignments made available in electronic format, living space sufficient to accommodate students, and computer equipment to enlarge screen characters and images.
- Accommodation for specific learning disability and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can include note takers and/or photocopies of lecture notes, alternative exam formats, extended time and/or a private test area, part-time enrollment, and use of a computer for writing.
- Accommodations for mobility impairment can include locating classrooms, labs, field trips, and living spaces in accessible locations, including moving such spaces in case of short-term mobility impairment. Students may also receive help getting from residence halls to classrooms. The injured students program, operated by the Smith Campus Center, can help students with mobility impairments. Please contact extension 18610 to request a ride.
- Accommodations for psychiatric disabilities can include note takers, extended time on exams and/or a private test area, a reduced course load, and assistive technology.
If a student is refused an accommodation that he/she believes is necessary, the student may take his or her concerns to the Associate Dean of Students. If an agreement cannot be reached, The Dean of Students can review the original request. Additionally, students may take allegations of discrimination to one of the College's grievance officers.