Reasonable Accommodations

In determining the College’s ability to offer reasonable accommodation to students, each request for accommodations will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Reasonable accommodations do not:

  • Negate the requirements for successful completion of a program, course, services and/or activity
  • Remove the need to comply with generally accepted standards of behavior
  • Negate the College’s general responsibilities or the students’ rights and responsibilities
  • Remove the requirement to adhere to faculty/staff directions and instructions.

If students require attendant care services, they must make arrangements on their own. The College does not assume the coordination or financial responsibilities for attendant care services.

In determining reasonable accommodations, factors to be examined include, among others:

  • The academic and technical standards required for admission or participation in an education program or services
  • The purpose and nature of the program, course and/or service
  • The precise education-related abilities and functional limitations of the student and how those limitations could be overcome with reasonable accommodation
  • The nature and cost of accommodation required in relation to the College’s financial resources
  • The consequences of such an accommodation upon the operation and educational mission of the College, course, program, services and/or activity
  • Other federal, state and local regulatory requirements.

Accommodations are considered unreasonable and will not be provided by the College if:

  • The educational standards or mission of Sweet Briar College would be substantially altered
  • The nature of the program, course, services and/or activity would be fundamentally altered
  • Students are not otherwise qualified (with or without accommodations) to meet the academic and technical standards required for admission or participation in an education program, course, services and/or activity
  • The effects of a student’s disability cannot be overcome even with reasonable accommodations
  • The accommodation creates an undue financial or administrative hardship for the College
  • If a student poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others