Kelsey Poole, MEd, CRC
Coordinator of Disability Support Services
Bay Path University is committed to providing equal access to all students in all programs. Students with disabilities who wish to request reasonable accommodations must register with the Director of Student Academic Support Services in the Bashevkin Center for Academic Excellence as soon as possible after acceptance to Bay Path.
Reasonable accommodations that may be made by the University depend on the particular needs of the student as supported by documentation and may include: additional time to complete tests, course work, or graduation; recording of classes, use of a note-taker/scribe, audio books and modification of test taking/performance evaluations. Students who received special educational services in secondary school through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are not automatically qualified for post-secondary services. IDEA entitles school age children with disabilities to a free, appropriate education designed to facilitate successful learning outcomes. The rights of postsecondary students are governed by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and also the Americans with Disabilities Act. These are civil rights statutes requiring that all postsecondary institutions make reasonable and necessary modifications to rules, policies, and practices to prevent discrimination and ensure access and opportunity for students with disabilities. Such reasonable accommodations must not compromise the academic integrity of the College or the student’s educational program. Equal access and opportunity generally means the same access and opportunity available to the general student population.
Accommodations will meet the particular needs of the requesting student. However, accommodations cannot compromise course goals, standards or essential course content, or impair the rights or opportunities of other students. All reasonable accommodations must recognize the right of faculty to determine the content and academic performance standards in the classroom and related course work.
Records are maintained in a confidential manner and are not included in a student’s academic record.