Students with disabilities are protected from discrimination under Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (amended 2008). Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination based on disability in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. Learn more about Disability Law.
One of the most common academic accommodations is extended time on timed tests so that students with disabilities have the same opportunity as their peers to demonstrate their knowledge. The logistics for testing are typically arranged between the student and the faculty member. If needed, Student Disability Services can assist with Final Exam Proctoring.
To help students with disabilities understand their rights and responsibilities, you are welcome to include this statement on your course syllabus and website.
Swarthmore College respects the privacy of its students. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) governs all student record information.
Websites from other colleges and universities, organizations for the disabled, and government agencies offer a wide variety of additional resources.
The accommodations process is designed to be collaborative. Once you are registered with Student Disability Services, the Student Disability Services staff will work with you to facilitate reasonable and appropriate accommodations that will not fundamentally alter the academic standards of your courses. Please be aware that we cannot offer retroactive accommodations.