Accommodations and Accommodation Types

Accommodations are tools that grant students with disabilities access to educational opportunities. Accommodations are not intended to alter or lower the standards or expectations of a course or exam; they are designed to assist students in learning the same material and meet the same expectations as their classmates who do not have a disability. In certain cases, Disability Resources needs professional documentation to support the request of certain accommodations. Disability Resources will partner with students and faculty to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability unless such accommodation would pose an undue hardship, would result in a fundamental alteration in the nature of the HMC activity, program or service or in undue financial or administrative burdens. Reasonable accommodations are determined on an individual basis after considering the specific disability and documentation of functional limitations in accordance with the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a course, program, service, job, activity, or facility that enables a qualified individual with a disability to have an equal opportunity to attain the same level of performance or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges as are available to an individual without a disability.

Unreasonable accommodations would include those that might fundamentally alter the academic program or lower the standards of the College (e.g., waiver of essential course requirements, attendance, etc.).

Accommodations are determined for each student on an individual basis through an interactive process between Disability Resources and each student. Requested accommodations must be supported by the documented effects of the disability. Following are some common accommodations available through or provided by Disability Resources. This list is not inclusive and the accommodations listed will not apply to the effects of every disability.

Communicate with Disability Services Regarding Any Questions, Concerns, or Delays

Students have a responsibility to keep Disability Resources informed of any issues they may be having with the implementation of their accommodations. If a student experiences any difficulty in obtaining or receiving accommodations or is any additional accommodations are needed, please follow up with Brandon Ice, ​Director of Educational Accessibility, via phone at 909.607.3148, email at bice@hmc.edu, or by scheduling an appointment to meet with him.

Classroom Accommodations

  • Accessible Furniture in Classrooms
  • Accessible Instructional Materials
  • Accessible Videos and Audio
  • Alternative Testing Services for Students
  • Assistive Listening Device
  • Audio Recording Lectures
  • Classroom Relocations
  • Disability-Related Absence
  • Flexibility With Deadlines
  • Interpreting and Real-Time Captioning
  • Notetaking Services
  • Priority Registration
  • Reduced Credit Load

Housing Accommodations

  • Wheelchair accessible room with access to a private bath
  • Room equipped with a visual fire alert
  • Single bedroom options that include spaces in apartments or suites
  • Various bathroom access based on disability management needs
  • Furniture adjustments
  • Service and Emotional Support Animals

What are not accommodations in Higher Education

Disability Resource for Students works to ensure access for students with disabilities by designing and implementing accommodations. However, there are some items that are not considered accommodations in higher education; this includes, but is not limited to:

  • Individualized instruction
  • Tutoring
  • Personal care attendant
  • Modifying curriculum
  • Requiring a professor to change a teaching style

The College does not provide services of a personal nature (such as attendants, homework assistance or tutors), typing services or prescriptive aids such as eyeglasses or hearing aids, nor does it provide diagnostic evaluations of disabilities.