Section 504/ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be provided reasonable accommodation of said disabilities. Saybrook University is committed to providing “reasonable accommodations” in keeping with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disability Act of 1992. Saybrook policies relevant to this matter may be found at this link.

Students must provide documentation of the disability, which should include appropriate diagnostic testing and a recommendation form prepared by qualified personnel outside of Saybrook University. “Reasonable accommodations” will be determined by Saybrook staff in consultation with the student, faculty and/or staff member. Accommodations are not retroactive and cannot be granted retroactively.

Reasonable accommodations or support services are designed to equalize opportunities for students with disabilities, not to lower academic standards or to alter the essential nature of the degree requirements. To that end, accommodations at Saybrook do not include the following:

  • Reduced standards of academic performance
  • Special classes or programs for students with learning disabilities
  • Evaluation or diagnostic testing of learning disabilities
  • Separate or special tutorial programs for students with disabilities
  • Waivers of essential academic courses

If you choose to disclose a disability requiring an accommodation, please navigate to the My Support Services section of the MySaybrook Student Gateway.