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Information for Disabled Students

Self-Disclosure | Documentation | Classes | Contact |

Andover Newton is a community that values diversity and the unique identity you bring to campus. We work collaboratively across faculty and staff to insure that all students can participate in the array of academic, worship, cultural, and community activities of the school.

Admitted students with physical, learning, medical, psychiatric or other disabilities will want to investigate the availability of community resources that meet their needs, whether academic, residential or personal. We recognize that the choice to self-disclose is a very personal one and assure you that our conversations remain confidential.

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If you wish to self-disclose, we ask that you contact Dean Nancy Nienhuis. If you anticipate needing health or disability related services including reasonable accommodations, please do the following:

  • Provide clinical documentation (see the "Guidelines" document on this page).
  • Make an appointment with Dean Nienhuis at your earliest convenience.

Please note that the Office of Admission and Recruitment, Financial Aid, and the Dean of Student's office do not share information about the disability status of applicants or admitted students. Accordingly, prospective and current students with disabilities are encouraged to contact Dean Nienhuis to discuss their questions about academic, programmatic, residential and other aspects of student life.

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Andover Newton Guidelines for Medical Documentation:

Andover Newton uses the following guidelines and procedures for medical documentation of disabilities:

  1. The clinician must be qualified to make diagnosis in the area of specialization (and cannot be a member of the student's family).
  2. The evaluation should be written on professional letterhead, be current (usually within 6 months but no more than one year) and it should contain the date of the last appointment with the student.
  3. The clinician must clearly indicate the disability claimed to be covered under the ADA.
  4. The documentation must clearly support the claimed disability, with relevant medical and other history.
  5. The evaluation must include a description of current treatments and assistive devices and technologies (if any), with estimated effectiveness in ameliorating the impact of the disability.
  6. There must be a description of the functional limitations the student experiences as a result of the disability which specifically addresses a post secondary residential and educational setting.
  7. The documentation must clearly support the need for the requested accommodation(s).

Once the Dean of Students receives the documentation, she reviews it in consultation with her disabilities consultant, and with the student’s written consent, consults with the clinician (if she needs clarification). The Dean of Students will then meet with you to determine what accommodations will be reasonable and/or appropriate.

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Accommodations for Classes:

Please note that requests for accommodations for classes must be made prior to the time that assignments are due. They cannot be made retroactively.

If you anticipate needing accommodations in a course please contact Dean Nienhuis as early as possible, preferably prior to the beginning of the course. It is your responsibility to inform Dean Nienhuis of the classes in which you will require accommodations each term. Dean Nienhuis will then notify each of your professors.

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To request services for a disability, please click here for a Disability Service Form.

Dr. Nancy Nienhuis
Senior Vice President for Operations & Dean of Students and Community Life
Room 1 Dabney Hall
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