Admitted or current Macalester students with disabilities may request accommodations for academic courses or other programs/services.   It is the responsibility of the student to make their disability status and subsequent need for accommodations known to Macalester via Disability Services. 

Some basic information on disability and reasonable accommodations:

Disability and Reasonable Accommodations

Our goal is to make the accommodation process easy to access via these three steps: 

1) Complete intake form information in the AIM Database:

This provides us some basic information on your request prior to the intake,  keeps sensitive information separate from other academic records and is the basis to provide Faculty Notification Letters to faculty.  It will also allow you access to your accommodations for individual courses, services or programs at a later date.  (Please use your Macalester ID to register): 

AIM Student Confidential Database New Student Application


2)  Schedule and complete an intake with DS Staff:

Intake appointments are essential to the process of determining disability,  getting to know you,  ensuring you understand the roles and rights of all parties in the  “interactive process”.  It is also important students understand policies and procedures, confidentiality and referral to other potential support services.  Intakes typically take about 30-40 minutes and can be done via phone, video conference or in person.  

3)  Provide any supporting documentation:

Please refer to the documentation section (below) for specifics on what documentation is and how it’s helpful to establish the significance of disability impact and accommodations, especially in situations where the disability ad need for accommodation are not clear.   Don’t have documentation?  Don’t worry, we’ll discuss it with you! 

Documentation of Disability

Students can provide documentation by uploading to the AIM database by logging in with their 1600 Grand credentials or emailing: disabilityservices@macalester.edu. 

4) Reasonable Accommodation Determination:

After these steps have been completed, Disability Services staff will make a determination about what, if any, accommodations are appropriate based on the student’s functional limitations.  Students should be aware that accommodations vary and determining what is reasonable for a course or program is based on what is essential as well. The accommodation process is an interactive one; students should communicate with Disability Services and faculty/program early in the term and follow up on any concerns in a timely way. 

 5) Sending faculty notification accommodations/follow up:  Academic accommodations will show up in AIM when courses are registered and/or about a month prior to courses starting.  Confirmation of housing accommodations will be provided at the same time as student’s cohorts (first year the same time as other first year, returning students at the same time as housing configurations are made).   Please be aware of timelines for requesting services.

Once your accommodations have been set up, follow these steps! 

If you are unsure if you have a disability, please contact: disabilityservices@macalester.edu