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Faculty and Staff Resources to Support Students with Disabilities

 Student Disability Services works with students, faculty and staff to ensure that students with physical, medical, learning or psychological disabilities are provided with equal access to all college programs, activities and services in accordance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (amended 2008).  Director Monica Vance advises students about the College's disability services policies, procedures and resources, reviews students' documentation and collaborates with students, faculty and staff to arrange reasonable accommodations that support students' individual needs.  For more information, contact the Student Disability Services office at


Disability Law

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.

Exam Proctoring

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.

Syllabus Statement

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.

Disability Resources

Websites from other colleges and universities, organizations for the disabled, and government agencies offer a wide variety of additional resources.