Some students with disabilities experience difficulty with learning a modern language. After considering curricular options, if a student with a disability feels his/her participation in a course would still be limited, even with the use of appropriate accommodations, the student may wish to initiate a request for a substitution of the language requirement. The decision to grant a substitution is based on an individual's learning history, documentation of a disability that impairs modern language acquisition, and future educational goals. Additional testing to further document the presence of a language based learning disability may be required for a successful petition. Eligibility is determined by the Director of Student Disability Services and the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. If the modern language substitution is granted, two alternate courses on the approved Alternate Course List are substituted for the required general education modern language courses.
In order to establish eligibility for a modern language substitution, students are required to submit the following to Student Disability Services:
All documents will be reviewed, and Student Disability Services will submit a recommendation to Dr. Molly Minus, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.
If approved, students may select two course substitutions from the Alternate Course List. No course substitution may be simultaneously used to satisfy the Modern Language requirement and another core requirement of the university.
Student Disability Services reserves the right to determine eligibility for a modern language substitution based on the submitted documentation.