Academic Catalog

2018-2019

IV.Special Academic Programs and Support: D. Academic Resource Center

1. Services

The central mission of the Academic Resource Center (ARC) is to enrich and enhance the educational experience of all Denison students and support faculty/student interaction. The office coordinates a unique combination of programs and services designed to help students improve their overall academic performance and ultimately assist them in realizing academic accomplishment and excellence. The Academic Resource Center is located on the lower level (020) of Higley Hall.

The mission of the ARC Tutoring Program is to help all students become independent learners by promoting active learning, critical thinking, and access to other campus resources. The ARC Tutoring Program is designed for students to meet one-on-one with their tutors on a regular, consistent basis. Tutees must commit to meeting weekly. Tutoring does not replace the importance of working with faculty, and it is strongly recommended that students meet with their faculty members before making the decision to request tutors.

Tutors are available in the majority of academic subjects on a first-come, first-served basis at no charge to students. Tutors are recommended by faculty, hired and trained by ARC, and involved in ongoing professional development through observations.

If students seek support on a more “as needed” basis, drop-in tutoring offered by departments may better fit this need.

Educational workshops, academic plans, and individual consultations with the staff are regularly available upon request or by faculty referral. Standard topics include time management/organization, annotating texts, note taking, test preparation, communicating with faculty, plus other skill-building strategies for attaining academic success at the university level. The Academic Success Boot Camp held during the 3rd week of fall semester covers a variety of these topics. The Center offers a specific advising program called “Back on Track” and other outreach efforts designed to support students who are struggling academically.

The Academic Resource Center offers faculty and students use of the Center's resource room. The Center's resource room will be made available for testing accommodations when no available space is able to be secured in the department; 48 hours’ notice is required for reserving the resource room. Faculty can find information about the services at the Center website and at the ARC MyDenison page.

2. Disability Services

Denison University is committed to providing equal access and reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities as defined under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. The Academic Resource Center works closely with students and faculty providing services and reasonable accommodations to students with documented disabilities. Students seeking reasonable accommodations or auxiliary services should forward a copy of their most recent medical report or evaluation documenting the existence of a specific disability to the Academic Resource Center. Documentation should be recent, preferably within the last three years, and should have been compiled by an appropriate licensed professional, e.g. psychologist, psychiatrist, learning specialist, physician, etc.

Specific reasonable accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis by the Academic Resource Center and based upon individual consultation with the student and supporting documentation. Upon the student's request, the Academic Resource Center will notify individual faculty members of a student's eligibility for reasonable accommodations. Please make note that only the student can disclose the nature of the disability. It is the student's responsibility to discuss specific accommodation needs directly with his or her instructor at the beginning of each semester.

Reasonable accommodations include but are not limited to: extended time on exams, note-taking assistance, reduced-distraction locations for testing, reduced course load, alternate format of course material, etc.

Faculty and students seeking additional information regarding Denison's Disability Grievance Procedures should refer to the Student Handbook or contact the Academic Resource Center in 020 Higley Hall.  

In an effort to encourage students to disclose their disability and/or need for reasonable accommodation in a timely manner, teaching faculty members at Denison are encouraged to incorporate a disability statement on their syllabus for each course. This statement on the syllabus creates an invitation to discuss both the student's and instructor's needs in advance and provides the opportunity to discuss the course material in greater detail. It is equally important that students make an official request for accommodations through the Academic Resource Center. Even when a faculty member is aware that a student is registered with the Academic Resource Center and has received accommodations in the past, it is important to create a record of such accommodations to cover the institution's legal obligations of accessibility.

An example disability statement that can be used/adapted for course syllabi:

If you are a student who feels you may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability, you should contact me privately as soon as possible to discuss your specific needs. I rely on the Academic Resource Center in 020 Higley Hall to verify the need for reasonable accommodations based on documentation on file in that office.