We believe that learning to balance life circumstances and academic responsibilities is an important part of our students’ college education. Just as an employee is responsible for self-reporting illness and other medical issues to a supervisor, students should communicate DIRECTLY with their professors regarding medical matters.
The Health Center staff encourages students to make responsible decisions with regard to illness and class attendance. Be aware of the attendance policy for EACH class. Contact the professor by email if you are unable to attend and request direction to complete missed work.
Medical notices will be sent through the Office of Student Life when deemed appropriate by the medical staff. They will NOT be granted to allow an absence for a general complaint of feeling unwell but are reserved for serious medical situations and extended illness only.
The Health Center does NOT provide absentee notes for missed classes.
The Health Center will NOT provide students with excuses for short-term absences from class, labs, studios, exams, or deadlines due to illness, injury, or other medical appointments. In the event of a prolonged illness or injury requiring medical attention and an absence of more than three days, the Health Center can provide students with appropriate documentation through the Office of Student Life.
The Health Center cannot disclose if a student has been seen without the student’s consent. The Health Center will not release medical records to faculty, only to students. This policy reflects the confidentiality and privacy rights afforded Gordon College students.
Services for students with disabilities are coordinated either through the Office of Student Life or through the Academic Success Center (ASC), depending on the type of disability.
Terry Charek, Dean of Student Life
Office of Student Life
Lane Student Center (upper level)
Phone: ext. 4263
Services for students with mobility disabilities or other disabilities that require accommodations relating to physical access:
As part of Gordon’s commitment to the holistic education and personal development of each student, the College provides a variety of support services and assistance for those with physical disabilities. We aim to assist students in learning to advocate for their own needs and to help them discover and articulate with confidence their abilities and goals. The advisor for students with physical disabilities works with each individual in assessing his/her needs, designing support services and growth opportunities, and coordinating the efforts of other offices (e.g., Housing, Registrar, and Physical Plant Offices, and Health and Center for Student Counseling and Wellness, etc.) in making our facilities and programs accessible. Examples of physical accessibility requests may include such things as the assignment to particular residence hall locations; residence hall room design that permits wheelchair access; elevator access; modifications to the fire alarm warning system for a hearing-impaired student; or special door-entry hardware.
Requests for accommodations should be made well before on-campus housing is assigned (by June 1 for August matriculation and November 1 for January matriculation). Contact Terry Charek at ext. 4263.
Gordon is committed to providing students with disabilities equivalent access to a Gordon education in accordance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, including Section 504 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, by providing appropriate and reasonable accommodations.
Accommodations can include an alternative format of texts, extended time for exams, supplemental note-taking, use of adaptive technology, and others determined to be reasonable and in keeping with academic and technical standards. The Academic Success Center also provides one-to-one assistance for learning new strategies, time management and study skills, and directs students to other services offered. (See above, Academic Success Center.)
Any student who intends to request services because of a disability must contact the Academic Success Center director by phone, by email, or in person. (See information above.) This should be done in a timely manner prior to the need for the request.
Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis in an interactive process with each student; each student’s history, experience, condition and documentation are considered in determining reasonable and appropriate accommodations. See our website for more information and for documentation guidelines.
Students are encouraged to submit any prior assessments or evaluations which may assist in determining accommodations. Prior IEPs and 504 plans may also provide helpful information.
For chronic medical conditions, sensory disabilities, or other health impairments that impact academic progress (such as fibromyalgia, cancer, diabetes, blindness, bipolar disorder), documentation recommended may vary depending on the condition. Please contact Alyson Longacre at ext. 4746 for specific information. Please visit the Academic Success Center's website for additional information about documentation.
NOTE REGARDING EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS: Questions regarding ADA Service Animals or Emotional Support Animals should be directed to [email protected].
The purpose of this grievance procedure is to provide students with prompt and equitable investigation and resolution of allegations of unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, or national or ethnic origin. This procedure covers grievances brought under Section 504, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in any program or activity of the College; the Age Discrimination Act, which prohibits age discrimination in education programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance; and other federal laws prohibiting discrimination of any person based upon a protected status listed above. It may also cover sex discrimination grievances brought under Title IX (which forbids sex discrimination in educational programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance), with the exception of grievances alleging any sexual misconduct (including sexual harassment and sexual violence), as defined in the College's Sexual Misconduct Policy. For more details, please visit our website for the full policy on Sexual Misconduct.
Any student of Gordon College may use this procedure. It is not intended to replace or duplicate existing grievance procedures. This procedure does not deprive a grievant of the right to file a complaint with enforcement agencies external to the College.
Inquiries or complaints may also be directed to:
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
John W. McCormack Post Office and Courthouse, Room 701
Post Office Square
Boston, Massachusetts 02109
For additional information regarding procedural steps, contact the Office of Student Life. In all grievance cases, the dean of student life will advise the grievant of the procedural steps involved, advise the grievant of the various internal and external options available to him/her, assist in the definition of the charges made, and will seek a timely resolution. It is the responsibility of the grievant to meet all the conditions for filing a grievance.
Note: There are also grievance and appeal procedures that relate to student issues such as sexual harassment, grades, academic standing, behavior on campus, and petitions over billing and parking violations. For information on such appeals, consult the Office of Student Life. Human Resources will handle employee discrimination issues under the College’s employment policies.
Prior to initiating the formal complaint procedure set down below, it is recommended the student make every attempt to resolve the issue in an informal manner.
The Dean of Student Life upholds the rights of students to secure access and accommodations in accordance with Section 504 and protects students against discrimination under Title IX and the Age Act. The College maintains a philosophy of student self-advocacy and the right to pursue a grievance through the formal grievance procedure. Should a student feel he/she has not been treated in a fair or professional manner with regard to access and accommodations or has been discriminated against under any of the bases listed in the first paragraph above, the student is encouraged to pursue the following procedure.
It is expected that both complaints and responses should happen in a timely manner so grievances may be settled as quickly and at the lowest level possible. Informal procedures should be resolved within 45 days of the alleged act so a grievant has ample time to prepare a written complaint for a formal grievance.