Disability Services


Macalester College seeks to create a welcoming environment in which all students can reach their academic potential and have equal access to academic opportunities and co-curricular activities. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and assured services. The College is committed to responding in a flexible manner to the individual needs of all members of the Macalester community with appropriate documentation.

Requesting Accommodations

Students with disabilities may request accommodations for the classroom, food service or for participation in the overall college environment by submitting a completed Accommodations Request, a Permission for Release of Information form, and documentation of a substantially limiting condition from a physician or other appropriate professionals.


You can download and review the Accommodations Request Form Instructions

  1. PART I Student-completed form: Accommodations Request
  2. PART II Student-completed form: Permission for Release of Information
  3. PART III Student and physician-completed form: Documentation of Disability-Related Need for Accommodations. In addition to this form please attach any assessment tests used to make the diagnosis.

meet with THe Assistant Dean of Students if you are a first or Second year student or new to Accommodations at Macalester

Accommodations are made upon the approval of the Assistant Dean of Students, Robin Hart Ruthenbeck, the designated coordinator of accommodations for students with disabilities at Macalester. If you are a junior or senior and have received accommodations in the past you should continue to meet with the Associate Dean of Students, Lisa Landreman. Contact the Office of Student Affairs (651-696-6220) or studentaffairs@macalester.edu early in the semester to schedule an accommodations meeting. It is helpful if students brings the completed documentation form (Part III) to the meeting if it has not been sent in advance. Information provided in this meeting, a review of the documentation, and consultation with other Macalester faculty and staff as appropriate will determine the student's possible accommodations.

Grades that have already been posted on exams, papers, projects or in overall classes prior to receiving documentation and approval cannot be changed. Any accommodations or services provided will be in effect only after final evaluation of the disability documentation is completed.

Types of Accommodations

Extended time on tests
Testing in a limited-distraction environment
Use of computers for test-taking
Audio books or other accessible media
Enlarged-print materials
Access to adaptive technology
Real-time transcription services (CART)
Sign language interpreters
Approval for appropriate course substitutions
Accessible housing and classroom options
Changes in program locations if scheduled in inaccessible spaces
Consultation with faculty and staff in working with students with disabilities
Referrals for further assessment if necessary; collaboration with outside agencies for diagnostic service

Location, Hours, and Contact Information

Office of Student Affairs, 119 Weyerhaeuser Administration Building

The Assistant Dean of Students, Robin Hart Ruthenbeck, is located in Kagin Commons, 125

8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Macalester College
1600 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105
Phone: 651-696-6220
Fax: 651-696-6806