Students can disclose a disability and request accommodations at any point during their academic career at Hampshire. Accommodations cannot be applied retroactively, however, so it is strongly encouraged that students engage in the disclosure and accommodation approval process as soon as possible to allow reasonable time to implement accommodations.
We have recently streamlined our disclosure and documentation process. If you have begun the disclosure process with our old forms, we will still accept them. If you have any questions throughout the summer, we are available to walk you through the disclosure process.
If you would like to learn more about the accommodation request process or do not have diagnosed disabilities, but think you might be struggling with disability-related functional limitations and have questions about getting assessed or diagnosed, OARS staff can meet to discuss appropriate academic strategies, possible temporary accommodations, and how to seek a diagnosis and documentation. Contact OARS to schedule a consultation appointment (usually 30 minutes; options for in-person, over the phone or via video chat).
To be considered for disability-related accommodations, you need to follow three easy steps to engage in an interactive process to determine reasonable accommodations for your disability.
*Completed files are reviewed most Wednesday mornings during the regular semester. All necessary elements of your file must be submitted by 4 p.m. the previous business day (Tuesday) in order for your file to be reviewed and an intake to be scheduled.
Once you have completed our disclosure process above, if you are requesting housing-based accommodations, OARS will work directly with the Housing Operations Office (HOO) to ensure your accommodation are considered in the placement process.
If you are in need of accommodations based on a short-term illness or injury, please see our Temporary Accommodation Page.
The decision to disclose a disability to the College is wholly voluntary. You may not, however, receive an accommodation from the College without such disclosure and providing appropriate supporting information and documentation. The information provided by you will be treated as confidential and will be disclosed by the College only as necessary for it to assess or implement your requested services or accommodations. Students are legally considered to be adults. Communication of confidential information with parents or professionals regarding disabilities must be authorized by the student.