A modification is an adjustment that minimizes or eliminates the impact of a disability, allowing the individual to gain equal access and have an equal opportunity to participate in the University’s courses, programs, services, activities, and facilities.
Examples of reasonable academic adjustments: extension of time for tests, distraction reduced testing environment, course substitution of non-essential requirements, priority registration, etc…
Most students with disabilities can succeed at the study of a foreign language. However, Oglethorpe recognizes that students with specific language processing difficulties may be unable to complete the language requirement. A student with a documented language-based disability may petition the university to complete faculty-approved course substitutions to fulfill the intent of the requirement.
To initiate the process, the student must make a specific request and submit required documentation to the Director of Accessibility Services. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate this process. If the request is approved, the student will receive permission from the Chair of the Division of Foreign Languages to take two four-credit culture-related courses on non-English speaking areas of the world, or language-related courses such as computer programming in lieu of language courses. Examples of eligible courses include but are not limited to the following:
ART 330 Far Eastern Art History – India, China, Tibet and Japan
CSC 201 Introduction to Programming
GER 290 Special Topics in German Language, Literature and Culture
HIS 219 German History Since 1800
HIS 221 Russian History Since 1861
HIS 240 Latin America to Independence
JPN 251 Identity and Nation in Modern Japanese Literature
POL 231 Asian Politics
SPN/FRE 406 French and Spanish Crossroads in the Caribbean and Africa
Some OUSA short-term study abroad courses that do not require language study may be eligible.
Courses used as language substitutions cannot be counted toward the requirements of the student’s major or minor. Language substitutions can only be applied to the language requirement; they are not granted for upper-level language courses required by a major. All courses will be approved at the discretion of the Chair of the Division of Foreign Languages. Oglethorpe is not responsible for delays in graduation that result from substitutions. The student should submit a request early in his or her program of study in order to allow ample time to meet the requirement.
Overview: Petition Process for Substitution of Math Requirements to the Division IX: Mathematics and Computer Science – CORE Education requirement due to Mathematics Learning Disability or Information Processing Disorder.
Most students with learning disabilities can be successful at completing the general education math requirement. However, Oglethorpe recognizes that some students with specific math learning disabilities and processing disorders may be unsuccessful in completing the COR-203 requirement even with the use of appropriate and reasonable accommodations. In an effort to provide equal access to the curriculum, OU allows a student with a documented math-based disability and/or processing disorder to petition a substitution of the CORE math requirement by completing a faculty-approved course substitution.
- To initiate the process, the student must make a specific request and submit required documentation to the Director of Accessibility Services in the Academic Success Center. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate this process. Students seeking a math substitution must take into consideration the following caveats:
The Math course substitution policy can only be used to fulfill the COR-203 requirement. This policy does not concern disability related substitutions for any other Math courses as related to major, minor, or prerequisite requirements.
- Both the Division IX Chair and Core Director must approve all COR-203 course substitutions in advance.
- Oglethorpe is not responsible for delays in graduation that result from substitutions. The student should submit a request early in his or her program of study in order to allow ample time to meet the requirement.
- Students are cautioned against attempting coursework without explicit permission to take a course as a substitution.
- Courses previously taken may not necessarily fulfill the substitution requirement and as such may not be applied retroactively.
If the petition is approved, the student will receive permission from both the Division IX Chair and Core Director to take an alternate course in lieu of COR-203: Great Ideas of Modern Math. Examples of possible substitutions include but are not limited to the following:
PHI-201: Formal Logic
CSC-201: Introduction to Programming
COR-401: Biological Sciences
COR-402: Physical Sciences
History of Mathematics – ARCHE.
Note that if a Science Core class (COR-401 or COR-402) is used to substitute for the Mathematics Core class (COR-203), then the student must still complete the university’s Science Core requirement by taking the other 400-level Science Core course as well.
Final decision on course approval resides with the Chair of Division IX: Mathematics and Computer Science in consultation with the Director of Accessibility Services.
Title III of the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 dictates that an institution must make reasonable academic adjustments, provide auxiliary aids and/or services for those individuals with a qualified disability who self identify. To determine reasonable adjustments, auxiliary aids and/or services, the Academic Success Center staff will seek current documentation of the student’s disorder/impairment, as well as, information from appropriate University personnel regarding essential standards for courses, programs, services, activities, and facilities. A reasonable academic adjustment is one that does not require a substantial change in the curriculum or alter any of the essential elements or functions of the course, program, service, or activity. Academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, and/or services are determined on a case-by-case basis and course-by-course basis.