Learning accommodations at Yale-NUS

 

Yale-NUS endeavours that all students studying within the community can access the full range of educational opportunities provided by the College. Whenever possible, appropriate learning accommodations will be provided to all students enrolled at Yale-NUS who have diagnosed learning disabilities and/or special needs that require learning accommodations. The Centre for Teaching and Learning (hereafter CTL) will provide the necessary support for all students with diagnosed learning accommodations as certified by the National University of Singapore (NUS) University Health Centre (UHC).

Yale-NUS College encourages all students to play an active role in their learning experiences while at Yale-NUS, including communicating with the appropriate Yale-NUS faculty members and staff supporting learning accommodations. Students that have been previously diagnosed with learning disabilities and/or require learning accommodations should share this information through the Health & Wellness section of the First-Year Student form that admitted students receive in mid-May prior to their matriculation, or as soon as possible after being diagnosed with a learning disability. This allows staff members supporting students with learning accommodations to ensure that those students receive timely and appropriate support throughout their academic studies. The University Health Center (UHC) requires that all conditions that may require the certification of learning accommodations be up to date within the previous two years. Learning accommodations can be either temporary or permanent in nature, so students may have to be re-assessed during their studies at Yale-NUS College. Students seeking assessment should contact UHC for a referral.

UHC Contact information — for location and open hours for a review of existing diagnostic materials or to have a new assessment performed:

http://www.nus.edu.sg/uhc/

uhc_health@nus.edu.sg

+65 6601 5035

A list of FAQs on learning accommodation can be found HERE.

 

 

 

 

Process for Students with Previously Diagnosed Learning Disabilities & Accommodations at Matriculation (upon entering the school)

A student with a previously diagnosed learning disability (LD) that requires learning accommodations should take the following steps prior to arrival at the College:

  1. Share information on your condition through the First-Year student form, in the Health & Wellness section.
  2. Ensure that you have an updated and valid medical assessment of your condition. UHC will only consider as valid assessments completed within the previous 2 years at the time of matriculation. It is recommended that students complete an updated assessment – and not an appended note from a doctor stating “still valid.”
  3. Share this information with relevant staff (i.e., CTL (teaching@yale-nus.edu.sg) and their Assistant Dean) prior to your arrival in Singapore.

Subsequently, upon arriving at the College, the student should do the following:

  1. Make an appointment with the University Health Centre (UHC) General Practitioner (either Doctors Lee or Wu) during Weeks 0 or 1 of Semester 1 for approval of their diagnosis and confirmation of accommodations.
    • It is the student’s responsibility to contact UHC to request an appointment. This email should include the student’s existing assessment (valid within the previous 2 years).
    • We also recommend you copy the CTL email: teaching@yale-nus.edu.sg in your communication. This will enable the CTL to prepare for your arrival and work with colleagues at UHC to expedite your case.
  2. The GP meets with the student and certifies the stated reasons for accommodation, and either endorses the student’s existing accommodations or provides a different set of accommodations.
    1. Note that the GP might also suggest additional assessment in some cases.

After obtaining certification from UHC, the following will happen to provide the accommodations:

  1. The UHC staff informs the NUS Registrar Office of the student’s required learning accommodations.
  2. The NUS Registrar Office then informs the Yale-NUS Registrar and CTL Coordinator. The Yale-NUS Registrar informs faculty in courses in which the student is enrolled, as well as the student, the student’s Assistant Dean, and the CTL via email about the specific learning accommodation provisions. This is done every semester, typically within 3 weeks of the semester’s start.

A note on confidentiality: All administrative parties involved are expected to uphold confidentiality. However, the nature of the certification process means that several people within Registry and CTL, as well as your faculty, will be aware of the accommodations being provided. All notified parties will be expected to uphold confidentiality, and are not to disclose any identifying information about the student who requires accommodations.

A note on the possibility of adhering to previous accommodations: it is possible that the UHC doctors, to ensure consistency with policy employed for other students, will adjust the accommodations received in a student’s home country. This means they may not get the same accommodations received previously.

Process for Students with Learning Disabilities & Accommodations Diagnosed Post-Matriculation (during Yale-NUS enrolment)

If a student suspects during the student’s enrolment at Yale-NUS that they have a learning disability or special need, they should discuss these concerns with the relevant Assistant Dean.

Pending those conversations, the student should:

  1. Make an appointment with UHC for an assessment (Doctors Lee or Wu).
    • We also recommend you copy the CTL email: teaching@yale-nus.edu.sg in your communication so we can prepare to support you in accommodations you may receive.
  2. The GP meets with the student and certifies the stated reasons for accommodation, and either endorses the student’s existing accommodations or provides a different set of accommodations.
    • Note that the GP might also suggest additional assessment in some cases. The UHC staff informs the NUS Registrar Office of the student’s required learning accommodations.
  3. The NUS Registrar Office then informs the Yale-NUS Registrar and CTL Coordinator. The Yale-NUS Registrar informs faculty in courses in which the student is enrolled, as well as the student, the student’s Assistant Dean, and the CTL via email about the specific learning accommodation provisions.

A note on timelines: please note that the timeline is likely to be different if you initiate this process mid-semester. Please note also that accommodations are not retroactive (e.g. if in your sophomore year you receive an accommodation of additional time for exams, you are not able to re-take first-year exams with that new accommodation). 

A note on confidentiality: All administrative parties involved are expected to uphold confidentiality. However, the nature of the certification process means that several people within Registry and CTL, as well as your faculty, will be aware of the accommodations being provided. All notified parties will be expected to uphold confidentiality, and are not to disclose any identifying information about the student who requires accommodations.

Types of Accommodation available at Yale-NUS College

The following accommodations may be provided based on the approved learning accommodations as specified by NUS UHC:

  • Quiet room
  • Classmate note takers* – where available
  • Clean or scrubbed laptop use for examinations
  • Extra time
  • Formula Sheets

Specifications on note takers: For students who receive a UHC recommendation for note-takers, the CTL will coordinate the logistics of identifying and compensating note takers from each of that student’s classes. The note taker will receive basic training in good note taking, but it is the responsibility of the accommodated student to review notes in a timely manner and report any concerns about their quality or format to the CTL. If no students apply for this job, the College will then not be able to provide a note taker. If the note taker is absent, then notes will not be available on that date. For this reason, when possible we encourage students to utilize UHC and other resources to develop their own note taking strategies.

 

 

A note on confidentiality: All administrative parties involved are expected to uphold confidentiality. However, the nature of the certification process means that several people within Registry and CTL, as well as your faculty, will be aware of the accommodations being provided. All notified parties will be expected to uphold confidentiality, and are not to disclose any identifying information about the student who requires accommodations.

Please contact teaching@yale-nus.edu.sg for any inquiries regarding learning accommodation.