Policies and Services

Admissions policy and physical accommodations for students with disabilities

Persons with physical disabilities and/or learning disabilities are considered for admission to Simpson College on the same basis as all other applicants, and must meet the same academic requirements. All building entrances at Simpson College are designed to accommodate students with physical disabilities. Classrooms and other facilities are adjusted to meet student needs, and selected housing facilities are designed to accommodate students with physical disabilities.

Declaration of a disability

Students may choose whether or not to reveal their physical disability or learning disability to Simpson staff and faculty. However, in order to qualify for special services, students must provide proper verification of their disability to the Hawley Academic Resource Center. The Hawley Academic Resource Center will not release disability information to other staff or faculty without students’ written permission; however, some accommodations can not be made without faculty knowledge.

Support services for students with disabilities

Students with disabilities, like all Simpson students, have access to the services available at the Hawley Academic Resource Center. These services include: tutoring, assistance with study skills, assistance with time management and stress management skills, student notetakers, student readers, books on tape, and alternate testing facilities (extended time, quiet room, test reader or scribe, and word processing equipment). In addition, whenever possible the Hawley Academic Resource Center will work with students who have disabilities to provide additional support that is specific to individual student needs, often in conjunction with the State of Iowa Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

Course substitutions for students with disabilities

Students with disabilities may have the option of substituting another (previously approved) course for a course which satisfies Simpson’s foreign language or math competency requirement, if a student’s documentation proves that the disability significantly hinders that student’s success in a math or foreign language course. The decision to allow a student with a disability to substitute a previously approved alternative course for a math or foreign language course will be made by the Dean of Academic Affairs in conjunction with the Hawley Academic Resource Center and the appropriate department head.

Counseling services for students with disabilities

Students with disabilities, like all Simpson students, also have access to Counseling Services through the student development office, and may want to take early advantage of these services. If a student suspects that he/she may have a disability, that student has the option of being referred to a specialist by the staff at the Hawley Academic Resource Center or the staff of Counseling Services.

Recommendations for students with disabilities

Simpson College recommends that students with disabilities be assertive about their needs, strongly motivated, and willing and able to implement individual coping strategies.