Accessibility Services

Centre College is committed to fostering respect for the diversity of the College community and the individual rights of each member of that community.

It is the mission of the Accessibility Services Team at Centre College to eliminate barriers to learning, facilitate the creation of accessible learning environments, and champion equal access for the entire campus community. We do this by: 

  • Consulting and collaborating with students, faculty, and staff.  
  • Providing accommodations to students with documented disabilities. 
  • Interacting with students to determine individualized learning strategies. 
  • Providing resources to the campus community about neurodiversity and about mobility, sensory, and learning differences. 
  • Fostering student independence and self-advocacy. 
  • Modeling best practices across all dimensions of wellness to support the campus community.

Centre is committed to providing each student the specific support they need to achieve their own, personal success. Given the wide range of disabilities and learning differences that impact college life and academic performance, each student is counseled individually to identify appropriate resources and determine appropriate accommodations. 

Students with special mobility, dietary, housing, or classroom needs should contact Accessibility Services so that accommodation plans may be made in a timely manner. Arrangements for services, equipment, special classroom or housing needs, and other reasonable accommodations may require several weeks advance notice.

Request Accessibility Services at Centre

In accordance with the provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and expanded by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Centre College provides disabled students with support services and other reasonable accommodations needed to ensure equal access to the programs and activities of the College. While Centre provides a number of services to support the success of all its students, the college provides additional services specifically designed for students with mobility, visual, hearing, or learning differences. 

Have Questions?

If you would like more information about our accessibility services and accommodations, please contact us.

Email: access@sweatstyleshelly.com
Learning Differences: 859.238.6552
Housing, Dining, Service/Support Animal: 859.238.6035
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Accommodations

Learning Differences

Classroom accommodations are made for students with documented disabilities requiring special equipment, seating, testing adjustments, wheelchair accessibility and more. Students provide supporting documentation and meet with the Assistant Dean and Director of the Centre Learning Commons to determine appropriate services.

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Accommodations

Housing and Dietary

Living accommodations are made for students with documented disabilities who require special housing, mobility support, and dietary considerations. Students complete a special needs form and meet with the Associate Director of Residence Life to determine appropriate services.

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Service and Emotional Support Animals

Special accommodations are made for students who require accommodation for service and support animals. Students complete a special needs form and meet with the Associate Director of Residence Life to determine appropriate services.

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Transitioning to College

Transitioning from high school to college can be especially challenging for students with learning disabilities. We’ve highlighted some of the key differences and strategies to make the process easier to navigate.

Requesting Accessibility Services

To request accommodations, contact the Accessibility Office.

Rights and Responsibilities

Centre College is committed to providing equal access to all students and following the guidelines set forth under the provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and expanded by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

  • Has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities,
  • Has record of such impairment, or
  • Is regarded as having such an impairment.” (Section 902, Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990)


To establish that an individual is covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act, documentation must indicate that the disability substantially limits a major life activity. If academic or classroom-based adjustments and accommodations are requested, learning must be one of the major life activities affected. Documentation submitted must:

  • Be appropriate to verify eligibility,
  • Demonstrate a current substantial impact on one or more major life activities, and
  • Support the request for accommodations and/or academic adjustments

Please review our full list of documentation guidelines here.

  • Equal access to courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities available through the College.
  • Confidentiality of information. Any information pertaining to a student’s disability is shared only with those College officials or professors who need to know in order to provide an accommodation. This information is kept confidential unless the student chooses to share it with faculty and staff, and other students. 
     
  • Self-identify to the Assistant Dean and Director of the Centre Learning Commons or Director of Residence Life in a timely manner as an individual with a disability when seeking an accommodation.
  • Provide appropriate documentation of a disability from an appropriate professional source that verifies the nature of the disability, functional limitations, the need for special accommodations, and recommendation for specific accommodations. 
  • Follow specific procedures for obtaining reasonable and appropriate accommodations.
  • Develop self-advocacy skills and motivation leading to self-reliance and independence.
  • Require and maintain academic standards in all Centre College academic programs.
  • Request and review, on a case-by-case basis, appropriate and relevant documentation of an identified disability, completed by an appropriate professional source, to verify the disability and identify the need for reasonable accommodation(s).

Deny a request for accommodations if the documentation does not meet the necessary criteria to determine the needs of the student, is not provided in a timely manner, if the accommodation request is unreasonable or contrary to the academic standards set by the College.

  • Provide equal access to courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities available through the College.
  • Provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations for students with appropriately documented disabilities.
  • Protect confidentiality of all information pertaining to a student’s disability, except as required by law.