Academics

FAQ

Q:  Can I receive academic accommodations without documentation of my disability?

A:  We do provide "provisional" accommodations, not to exceed one semester, based upon student self-report. However, each student must provide appropriate documentation by the deadline agreed upon between student and the Coordinator. The documentation is helpful in determining accommodations.

Q:   Does the Ross Center provide tutoring?

A:  No, tutoring is not provided by the Ross Center. Staff will assist each student to access tutoring services provided by Academic Support Programs at UMass Boston and tutoring resources in the community.

Q:   I need help with time management, organization and planning. Where can I get that assistance?

A:  There are frequent workshops offered by Academic Support Programs each semester. Additional assistance can be provided by agencies or individuals outside of UMass Boston. The Ross Center can assist you to identify those resources.

Q:   Does the Ross Center help me select courses and choose a major

A:  We will assist you to meet with the appropriate advisor at UMass Boston who has the specialized knowledge and skills needed to provide academic advising.

Q:   I have difficulty completing assignments on time. Can I get accommodations for extra time in completing assignments?Should I tell the faculty what my disability is so they know how to help me?

A:  Each instructor has guidelines regarding timelines for assignments. We recommend that you speak with each instructor to determine how flexible the timelines are. There is no accommodation that provides extra time for assignments

Q:   What should I do if the instructor does not agree to provide accommodations that were listed in the faculty letter?I would like to receive an Incomplete for a course since I cannot complete the assignments due to my disability.

A:  We will give you a letter that explains that you qualify for accommodations. Disclosure of the disability is your choice. However, it is usually most effective if you discuss with the faculty the impact of your disability on your learning and performance, rather than the name of the disability. The most helpful strategy is to discuss your accommodation needs with the faculty.

Q:   What should I do if the instructor does not agree to provide accommodations that were listed in the faculty letter?

A:  You should follow the grievance procedures that are described on the Ross Center website.

Q:   I would like to receive an Incomplete for a course since I cannot complete the assignments due to my disability.

A:  We are not able to make recommendations regarding Incompletes. That is a matter for each academic department. You should discuss this with the faculty member and the Dean of the Department.

Q:  I need to park as close to my classes as possible. Where can I park with a Handicapped Plate?

A:  You are allowed to park in designated Handicapped Parking spaces. To learn where those spaces on the UMass Boston campus, please visit the website of the Parking and Transportation Department.
To apply for a Handicapped Parking plate or placard, please visit this website: Registry of Motor Vehicles.