Reasonable Accommodations

Reasonable accommodations are appropriate adjustments to programs, policy, and practice that make aspects of the university experience accessible and provide equal opportunities to BMCC students with disabilities. An equal opportunity means a chance to attain the same level of performance or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges as are available to a similarly situated student without disabilities.

Students are not charged for the cost incurred in providing reasonable accommodations, including auxiliary aids and services (e.g., sign language interpreters, note-taking services, text conversion to alternative accessible formats, audio or video tapes, etc.).

To determine reasonable accommodations, O.A may seek information from appropriate college personnel regarding essential standards for courses, programs, services, activities, and facilities. The director makes the final determinations of reasonable accommodations in collaboration with the student and faculty as warranted.

Reasonable accommodations are determined by examining:

Examples of Reasonable Accommodations

Examples of some of the most frequently requested accommodations include:

Spell-Check Devices, Calculators and Reasonable Accommodations

Spell-check devices and calculators can certainly be helpful to everyone - both people with and without disabilities. However, the use of these tools is considered a reasonable accommodation only under very specific circumstances.

Spell-Check Devices:
O.A will only approve use of a spell-check device as a reasonable accommodation for an exam if:

O.A will only approve the use of a calculator as a reasonable accommodation for an exam if:

It is important to note:

Testing Accommodations
Accommodative testing allows the student to take his/her exams in an alternative environment, or in an alternative format. Accommodative testing does not alter the content of the exam. Students with disabilities are held to the course requirements and college's academic standards.

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