Faculty Handbook 2017-2018

F.1.c. Students with Disabilities

Hendrix College endeavors to create an atmosphere in which diversity and individual rights of each member of the college community are respected. Students with disabilities have met the same rigorous admission standards as all other students. Some enter college aware of their problems and needs, while others discover them as they become engaged in the academic and social endeavors of college life. All Hendrix students are expected to uphold the College’s Code of Conduct regardless of condition or disability. Consequences for violating academic policy or the Code of Conduct are applied equally to all students.

Hendrix College is committed to providing “reasonable accommodation,” in keeping with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1992. Students requesting accommodations should contact Academic Success at (501) 505-2954 or brownj@hendrix.edu to make an appointment and begin the review process.

Students requesting accommodations must provide appropriate documentation of the disability, which should include a diagnostic assessment and a recommendation report prepared by a qualified professional outside Hendrix College. “Reasonable accommodation” is determined on an individual basis by College staff in consultation with the student, the classroom teacher, and/or staff member. Accommodations are not retroactive.


Students requesting accommodation must complete the following steps:

Step 1. Students should meet with the Director of Academic Success in an intake session. Information pertinent to their coursework and academic performance is discussed, and supporting documentation may be reviewed at that time.

Step 2. Students must provide appropriate documentation (diagnostic assessment and recommendation report) to proceed further with accommodation requests. Additional documentation may be requested by the College. Eligible students may apply for limited financial assistance for testing. Details and application for assistance are available through the Director of Academic Success.

Step 3. Following review of the documentation, accommodations may be recommended and communicated to the students’ classroom teachers confidentially.

Step 4. It is the students’ responsibility to discuss accommodation needs with individual classroom teachers on an ongoing basis, including testing and out-of-class assignments.

Verification of Learning Disorder

A student requesting accommodations for a learning disorder must provide assessment results completed by a licensed professional. The assessment must include an evaluation of the individual’s present level of processing information and present achievement level. The assessment should also provide relevant data to aid in determining a need for academic accommodations.

Accommodations and Resources

Accommodations, as determined on an individual case-by-case basis, may include such things as:

  • Note takers
  • Taped textbooks
  • Tutors
  • Extended time on tests
  • Test environment with fewer distractions
  • A reader during exams
  • A scribe to write dictated test answers
  • A computer for writing test answers

Other accommodations may be established on an individual basis in consultation with the student, counselor, classroom teacher, and/or staff, and others as needed.

A number of resources are available to support a student’s success at Hendrix, including academic tutoring, career services, counseling services, computer services, instructional media resources/facilities, library facilities and the Writing Center.

Students who believe that they have not received adequate or appropriate accommodation in an academic matter or classroom teachers who are not satisfied with the proposed accommodations are encouraged to consult with Julie Brown (505-2954). Should this consultation not produce the desired results, the concern may be taken to the Provost of the College. In case of a non-academic matter, the Dean of Students should be contacted.