Five College Accommodations

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Whether you are a Hampshire student taking courses at another institution, or you are a Five College student taking a course at Hampshire, you will need to use the Five College Off-Campus Accommodation Request Form below. This will accompany your home institution's accommodation letter, and should be submitted to the hosting institution's accessibility support office as early in the semester as possible. 

Download Five College Form (Word Format)

Hampshire Students taking Five College courses

For Hampshire students who are taking Five College classes, pick up your Hampshire accommodation letters at the front desk of OARS/CASA at any time. Please ask to print a copy of your Hampshire accommodation letter and the Five College Accommodation Form (linked above) for each Five College institution where you are planning to take classes. If you have questions, see instructions about drop-in hours and scheduling appointments below or contact your host institution with the information provided on the Five College Accommodation Form.

Disclosure Process (Visiting from Five Colleges to Hampshire)

Drop-in Hours

Drop-in hours are every Friday from 1-3 p.m. These are the best times to submit quickly your accommodation letters from your home school and leave with copies of letters for your Hampshire class(es). If you would like to discuss your accommodations and apply them to your Hampshire course, there will be a few minutes to do so during drop-in hours, which are 15-minute appointments.

Schedule an Appointment

If you cannot make it to a drop-in or need more time than a drop-in session allows, please call 413.559.5498 to schedule a time to meet or schedule online.

Email is not an efficient way for appointment scheduling, but if it is necessary to communicate via email, let us know in your message, so we do not redirect you otherwise.

Accommodation Request Drop-off

If you do not have any questions and do not need to meet with OARS staff at all, you can drop off your Five College Accommodation Form and/or home school’s accommodation letter during business hours. You will be contacted at your school email address when your letters are ready to pick up (usually within two business days).

It is recommended that you only forego meeting if you have had a meeting with OARS staff in the past and/or previously taken Hampshire courses.

Accommodation process

Accommodation Letters

Students will receive two copies of accommodation letters for each class at Hampshire. One copy is for the professor to keep, and the other should be signed by the student and professor and returned to OARS once you are both satisfied of the plan to implement accommodations to the course. Please see the example accommodation letter below for formatting. Your specific accommodations will depend on the accommodations approved at your home institution.

OARS will reach out to students’ home institution if we have questions about whether the way we administer accommodations will effectively meet the students’ needs.

Accommodation Letter Example (pdf)