Requesting Accommodations

Requesting Academic and/or On-Campus Residential Accommodations

Determining Reasonable Accommodations
A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a course, program, service, activity or facility that enables a qualified student with a disability to have an equal opportunity to attain the same level of performance or enjoy equal benefits and privileges as are available to similarly situated students without disabilities. The College is obligated to provide accommodation only to the known limitations of an otherwise qualified student with a disability.

Reasonable accommodations are determined by examining: barriers resulting from the interaction between the documented disability and the campus environment; the possible accommodations that might remove the barriers; whether or not the student has access to the course, program, service, activity or facility without an accommodation; and whether or not essential elements of the course, program, service, activity or facility are compromised by the accommodations.

Academic Needs
Students with learning or physical challenges who provide current medical and/or psycho-educational documentation may receive appropriate accommodations. Documentation should be submitted to: Director, Academic Achievement Center; 1844 Commonwealth Ave; Newton, MA. 02466. If you have any questions you may reach the center at 617-243-2306 or at

On-Campus Residential Needs
The Office of Residential Life works to provide students with living arrangements that meet their special physical or medical needs. Reasonable accommodations can be made for students with a documented need. Documentation must be provided by medical and/or mental health providers and submitted, in writing, to the Office of Residential Life, Lasell College, 1844 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA 02466, or faxed to 617-243-2374. Please contact the Residential Life Office at 617-243-2124 or by email at with any questions regarding on-campus residential needs.

Role of the Disability Services Office
Most requests for accommodation do not require direct involvement from the Office of Disability Services. Students who feel that their particular accommodation needs are especially complicated, and may require extensive planning, should contact the Disability Services Office for consultation and assistance. Please contact the Office of Disability Services at 617-243-2115 or by email at

Accommodations at Lasell College
Accommodations are determined on an individual basis, upon review of comprehensive disability documentation and a confidential consultation with the student. Students requesting accommodations must provide appropriate documentation to the Academic Achievement Center and/or to Residential Life in a timely manner, and in advance of the beginning of an academic term. Incoming first-year and transfer students must submit documentation based on due dates that are published in Lasell College's Welcome Packet.