Accommodations for Disabilities

Dartmouth is committed to providing support for all graduate students so that they may achieve their academic potential. Dartmouth encourages individuals with disabilities to apply for admission with the expectation that Dartmouth will provide reasonable access to all graduate programs. Graduate students with disabilities seeking admission to Dartmouth need not reveal any physical or perceptual disability during the application process, although students are free to do so.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as amended, building on Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, mandates that no qualified person with a disability shall, solely on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity which receives or benefits from federal financial assistance. According to federal regulations, otherwise qualified students with documented disabilities are entitled to equal treatment and access at institutions of higher education. 

Rights and Responsibilities

Qualified students with disabilities have a right to:

  • Full consideration in the admission and promotion processes.
  • Reasonable accommodation, when appropriate to insure equal access to graduate school curriculum, programs, and activities.
  • Respect for privacy in the dissemination of disability information.
  • Support from the School of Graduate and Advanced Studies.
  • Non-discrimination by Dartmouth faculty and staff

Qualified students with disabilities have a responsibility to:

  • Declare a disability, or suspected disability, in writing (if seeking accommodation).
  • Work with Dartmouth to request, implement, update, and/or modify any accommodations.
  • Request any accommodation in a timely manner.
  • Comply with Dartmouth policies and procedures regarding students with disabilities, as well as all other policies that apply to Dartmouth students.

Qualifying for Accommodations

Section 504 and the ADA require schools to consider reasonable accommodation for qualified students and when necessary to provide equal access to learning. "Reasonable" must be individually determined after a student requests accommodation.

To qualify for accommodation, a student must identify him/ herself to the Assistant Dean and Registrar of the School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, declare the disability or suspected disability in writing, and request accommodation. It is also the student's responsibility to obtain a thorough written evaluation from an appropriate professional, documenting the presence, extent, and ramifications of the disability. In addition, the documentation should explain what specific types of accommodation the evaluator believes might be most helpful in offsetting the effects of the disability to an acceptable extent.

Disability documentation forms can be found on this page.

The student must obtain this evaluation at his/her own expense and arrange to have the evaluation form and all supporting documentation forwarded to the School of Graduate and Advanced Studies. If an evaluation has already been conducted in the past, the Graduate Studies Office will determine if it is recent enough.