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This BSU Student Handbook is a guide to students' rights, responsibilities and resources.

Resources for Individuals with Disabilities

Bridgewater State University is committed to making its facilities, services, and programs accessible to all students in compliance with applicable law.  Students with disabilities who desire reasonable accommodations should contact the Disability Resources Office to discuss the availability of reasonable accommodations or to obtain documentation guidelines.

Disability Resources Office

The Disability Resources Office offers support and assistance to students with learning, physical or other disabilities.

Disability Resources Office

Academic Achievement Center (located on the ground floor of the Maxwell Library)

Telephone:  508-531-2194

Fax:  508-531-4194

Email: Disability_Resources@bridgew.edu

Reasonable Accommodations

Consistent with federal and state law, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

Individuals with disabilities who desire reasonable accommodations must contact the Disability Resources Office and provide appropriate documentation.  All requests for accommodations are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Services and available reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities with appropriate documentation include, but are not limited to:

  • Testing accommodations
  • Assistive Technology
  • Alternate format materials
  • Interpreter services
  • Priority registration

Students must request services in a timely manner each semester by contacting the Disability Resources Office. Further information about the services, programs, and policies of the Disability Resources Office may be found at https://www.bridgew.edu/disability-resources or upon request at (508) 531-2194.

Please note that there is no automatic continuation of services from high school to the University. If a student with a disability does not request a reasonable accommodation from the Disability Resources Office, it may remain unknown and unaddressed.  In addition, a Letter of Accommodation (LOA) does not transfer between institutions of higher education.  If you have previously attended another university or college and received accommodations, you are still responsible for following the procedures for requesting reasonable accommodations listed on the Disability Resources website, as well as submitting supporting documentation.

Student employees who desire reasonable accommodations in connection with their employment should contact the Director of Equal Opportunity at (508) 531-2744.

Campus Accessibility

The University is committed to providing equal and integrated access for individuals with disabilities to all the academic, social, cultural and recreational programs it offers as required by law.

University buildings were built between 1900 and 2015.  The University continually works to improve campus accessibility. Although the achievement of architectural and physical access is a work-in-progress, the majority of the university buildings are accessible and all residence halls are accessible.  All campus parking lots have required handicap designated spaces. The University has accessible travel ways throughout the campus and offers accessible campus bus service. Please contact the Disability Resources Office in order to request information about, and reasonable accommodations related to, accessibility needs.  In particular, scheduling accommodations may be needed with respect to Boyden Hall, Tillinghast Hall, the Maxwell Library, the Rondileau Campus Center, Kelly Gymnasium, Art Center, Summer Street House, and Hunt Hall. Students with physical disabilities are encouraged to plan their schedules to permit adequate travel time between classes.

Current and future construction, as well as any periodic work by the Town of Bridgewater, may temporarily impact or disrupt accessible travel routes, building accessibility and/or parking. In an effort to provide the community with as much information as possible regarding such disruptions, Facilities Management & Planning provides regular updates and announcements concerning the disruptions and, working with the Disability Resources Office, provides information to visually impaired students and students with mobility disabilities regarding alternative modes of access.

Concerns or Questions regarding Discrimination or Harassment

Students, faculty, staff and guests with concerns or questions regarding discrimination or harassment, campus accessibility or reasonable accommodations may contact the Office of Equal Opportunity, Boyden Hall, Room 207, 131 Summer Street, Bridgewater, MA 02325; (508) 531-2744, erin.debobes@bridgew.edu.

For further information regarding applicable disability laws, please see the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights publications for disability discrimination/Section 504/ADA available at https://www2.ed.gov/policy/rights/guid/ocr/disability.html.

Updated 8/2017 by Timothy Pure, Disability Resources

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