The services featured here are specifically for students with physical, medical, temporary, or psychological disabilities, and provide an example of possible accommodations. Students who have a learning disability or ADHD and require certain needs should contact Special Services in the Connors Family Learning Center.
Canvas and Jaws Compatibility
Boston College has implemented the Canvas Learning Management System. Faculty use this application to post class notes, class readings, and syllabi. Canvas should be completely accessible for all students, but if students experience difficulties using Canvas Vista with the JAWS screen reader software program, they should contact the Information Technology Services Help Center at 617-552-HELP (4357) for assistance.
Campus Mobility Orientation
Students with visual impairments may receive campus mobility orientation to assist them in becoming acclimated to the campus. The Assistant Dean for Students with Disabilities arranges this orientation with staff members from the Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton, MA.
Cart Services for Students with Hearing Impairments
CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation), also known as realtime captioning, is a computer program that translates spoken English into realtime captioning for students with hearing impairments. Students who need CART services should contact the Assistant Dean for Students with Disabilities as soon as they have finalized their class schedule in order to make arrangements with an appropriate provider prior to the beginning of the academic semester.
Students whose documentation supports taking four courses rather than five may underload during the academic year. They may make up these courses during the summer session at Boston College, at another university, or during their senior year.
Students with visual impairments who have the JAWS screen reader software program installed on their computer may be interested in obtaining their required textbooks in electronic format. In order to allow sufficient time to obtain textbooks in this format, it is imperative that students provide the Assistant Dean for Students with Disabilities with the title, author, publisher, and year of publication for each text as soon as they have confirmed their course selection. It is equally imperative for professors to provide students with this information at their earliest convenience, since it may take several weeks for publishers to respond to requests for this alternate format.
Students with hearing impairments who are interested in using interpreters in their classes must inform the Assistant Dean for Students with Disabilities of the need for this accommodation at their earliest possible convenience following course registration due to the time needed to secure interpreters for the following academic semester. There is no guarantee that an interpreter will be found if a student does not provide sufficient notice of this need.
To ensure that all Boston College faculty, staff, students, and visitors have access to the libraries' collections, resources and facilities, a variety of services are provided to assist users with disabilities.
Modified Deadlines for Assignments and Examinations
There are students whose documentation supports the need for a modification of deadlines for assignments and examinations, particularly if multiple exams and assignments are due on the same day. Students in need of this accommodation make arrangements for these modifications with their individual professors.
Temporary impairments are not listed as disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); however, every attempt is made to provide support and assistance to students who experience a temporary disability. Accommodations may include the use of a laptop, extended time on exams, use of the Eagle Transportation van service, or having swipe card access to the Government Documents Room in order to bypass the O'Neill Library stairs next to Maloney Hall.
The Connors Family Learning Center (CFLC) extends a warm welcome to DSO students. All tests that you are not taking with your professor or class will be taking place at the CFLC.
Once you have been approved for testing accommodations by the DSO, you will need to schedule your exams with Connors using the Clockwork application at least two days in advance of your scheduled exam.
Service and Assistance Animals
Introductions and Definitions
Boston College is committed to the accessibility of its programs and services to students with disabilities, including accommodating service and assistance animals in accordance with its obligations under federal and state law.
“Service animal” is a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform specific tasks for a person with a disability. Under Massachusetts law, a person raising or training a service dog has the same rights as a person with a disability who has a service dog. Service animals do not include assistance animals.
“Assistance animal” is an animal that assists an individual with a disability or provides necessary emotional support to an individual with a mental or psychiatric disability that alleviates one or more identified symptoms or effects of the disability, but does not meet the definition of a service animal.
Retaliation and Grievances
The University will not retaliate against any person because the person has requested or received a reasonable accommodation, including one that involves a service or assistance animal.
Any Boston College student who believes that a disability accommodation has been inappropriately denied, or otherwise believes that the University has discriminated against the student because of a disability, may bring a grievance under the Student Grievance Procedure for Students with Disabilities.