Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, students must request accommodations each semester because accommodations are based on the design of each course. After the first semester, accommodations can be requested by completing the online Accommodation Request form.
You should contact the Disability Services staff to discuss the situation. Staff will reach out to instructors if students need assistance in arranging accommodations.
You must contact the faculty member to request an Incomplete for the course. Disability Services does not make recommendations regarding Incompletes.
Contact the instructor by email. Each course has a policy regarding class absences, which can be found on the syllabus.
This document outlines the differences between high school and college.
The Massachusetts Commission for the Blind will coordinate training sessions for students who are Massachusetts residents. For other students, Disability Services arranges for specific mobility training to ensure access.
Go to the Berklee Online website to request accommodations for online courses.
A disability statement should be included with all announcements of events and activities. Berklee is committed to accessible and inclusive experiences for all its diverse community members. The goal is to design events that are welcoming to all attendees and to reduce the need for individual accommodations. Please contact the Office of Disability Services if you have questions about accessibility or an accommodation request, or simply for advice or a consultation.
By designing your course adhering to the principles of universal design, you will be maximizing accessibility for all students, and you will lessen the need for students to request accommodations. CAST can be a valuable resource.
As the instructor, you can mention to the student your observations and concerns regarding their academic performance and identify potential resources, including the Office of Disability Services. You are also always welcome to contact the office yourself to discuss specific student concerns.