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Accommodation To The Mathematics Core Curriculum
Requirement For Students With Math Learning Problems
Caused By Learning Disabilities
Montana State University maintains no barriers to equal opportunity and full participation of students
with disabilities. No otherwise qualified student will be excluded from any course, course of study,
or other educational program or activity because of a disability. The University will
make reasonable accommodation to students' known disabilities on a case by case basis. It is the
responsibility of the student to make the need for accommodation known to the University.
In 1985 and 1990, the faculty of Montana State University confirmed that "basic competencies in
quantitative reasoning and problem solving are fundamental components of a university education"
and established a mathematics requirement as essential for graduation from the University.
To "demonstrate their ability to handle basic mathematical logic," students
are required to successfully complete, with a grade of C or better, one of the designated core math
courses. Students must meet this requirement to graduate from Montana State University.
MSU-Bozeman recognizes that some students with specific learning disabilities may experience
difficulty completing the core mathematics requirement and will follow the procedure detailed below
in making accommodations for such students:
1) Students with learning disabilities who believe they need an accommodation to meet the
mathematics requirement shall contact the office of Disabled Student Services (DSS) to
begin the process of certifying the disability.
- Learning Disability documentation must meet established MSU-Bozeman
guidelines as developed by DSS for a math disability.
2) If the accommodations identified by DSS prove ineffective as compensation for the specific
learning disability a course
substitution may be requested in the following manner:
- The petitioner shall obtain a Core Equivalency Review Committee (CERC) core
math substitution petition form from the Core Curriculum Auditor in the Registrar's
Office. The Auditor will present the petition for course substitution to CERC.
The CERC petition will include the following:
- a written rationale for the request;
- a letter from a the DSS Director or Program Manager that specifies the
nature and severity of the petitioner's disability and provides a history of
MSU's attempts to accommodate the disability;
- signatures from the DSS Director and the petitioner's academic advisor.
- The petition for approval of substitute course(s) shall be presented to CERC for
approval on an individual, cases by case basis. The University may require that other
identified accommodations be attempted in good faith by the student before agreeing
to offer a course substitution.
- CERC will notify the student, DSS and the student's major department of the results
of the committee's deliberations.
- If approved by the University and completed successfully, the substitute course or
alternative shall enable the student to meet the requirement of basic competency in
quantitative reasoning and problem solving.
- The petitioner's academic department will notify the Registrar's Core Curriculum
Auditor of completion of an approved substitution.
Note: Approval of a substitute course or alternative for the core curriculum
mathematics requirement does not indicate or presume any changes to or
substitutions for any other mathematics requirements or math related courses
within the student's major.
- The petitioner may contest CERC's decision to deny a core math substitution by
appealing to the Vice President of Academic Affairs or his/her designee.