Whether you are working on an academic paper, drafting an artist statement, writing a poem or story or using text in your visual work, the Writing Studio is the place for you. Writing Studio tutors and learning specialists are artists, writers, faculty and students who provide free, one-to-one tutoring to all students during any part of the writing process.
It is our mission at Montserrat College of Art to create an accessible and inclusive learning and living environment for all students. Guided by section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the 2008 Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), the Disability Services Office at Montserrat is dedicated to providing services, support and reasonable accommodations to ensure students with disabilities are able to fully participate in the College’s academic, social and recreational programming.
- Assist in the organizational and prewriting process for assignments.
- Offer techniques for improving note taking, studying, critical reading skills and testing-preparation strategies.
- Help students mange their time and prioritize.
- Provide resources for improving writing skills, including grammar assistance.
- Guide and assist with the revision process.
- Review things like how to cite sources properly, and avoid plagiarism.
- Help students with communication, presentation and critique skills.
- Design workshops for classes and assist faculty in developing writing assignments and exam questions.
Students may sign up for an hour of tutoring each week. There is an appointment book at the Writing Studio entrance. Sign up early – slots fill quickly! Students can also email Thewritingstudio@montserrat.edu to arrange appointments.
2. Drop In:
If the tutors on duty don’t have other scheduled appointments, they are happy to work with you.
3. Work Independently:
The Writing Studio is a quiet and comfortable place to read, study and write. Students can bring their laptops or use one of our computers or printers.
248 Cabot Street
SPRING 2015 HOURS
Mon. – Thurs. 10 am – 7 pm
Fri. 10 am – 2 pm
Sun. 6 – 9 pm
Colleen Michaels , Writing Studio Director , colleen.michaels@ montserrat.edu , 978.921.4242 x 1277
- Clearly state the diagnosed disability or disabilities
- Describe the functional limitations resulting from the disability or disabilities
- Completed within the last five years for a learning disability, last six months for psychiatric disabilities, or last three years for ADHD and all other disabilities. This requirement does not apply to physical or sensory disabilities of a permanent or unchanging nature.
- Describe the specific accommodations requested
- Adequately support each of the requested testing accommodations
- Typed or printed on official letterhead and signed by an evaluator qualified to make the diagnosis (include information about license or certification and area of specialization)
* These criteria are adapted from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Copyright © 2010 by Educational Testing Service. All rights reserved.
Documentation Review Documentation is reviewed by the Disability Services Coordinator to determine whether a disability is covered under the ADAAA, identify functional limitations and current impact in an educational setting and identify any reasonable, appropriate accommodations.
If additional documentation is needed, the Disability Services Coordinator will work with the student and his or her family, clinician and previous institutions to obtain it. Students for whom disability-related impairments change may be expected to provide updated documentation upon request for continued and/or additional accommodations.
At the beginning of every term, students registered with the Disability Services Office will meet with the Disability Services Coordinator to review his or her approved accommodations and services, as well as the plan for accessing them.
Students who would like to use their approved accommodation (or accommodations) in a particular course should email their accommodation letter to the faculty member teaching the course. The student will also conduct a follow-up, in-person meeting to discuss when and how the accommodation(s) will be used. Students, staff and faculty are always welcome and encouraged to work with the Disability Services Coordinator if it is unclear how an accommodation fits into a course curriculum, the barrier presented by a student’s disability is not addressed with an approved accommodation or if an accommodation challenges an essential function of the course.
DISABILITY HOUSING ACCOMMODATIONS
Montserrat College of Art’s residential experience is committed to encouraging active participation and engagement in the campus community. Montserrat’s housing is nestled in a community rich with history and artistic inspiration. Current residential students are given the opportunity to select from a variety of living arrangements based off a lottery system, unless previous accommodations are set in place.
A student who desires to live on campus but requires some level of accommodation because of a medical, psychological, or physical disability may request consideration of those accommodations through the disability service office. Housing accommodations are determined on a case by case basis for each academic year, unless otherwise determined by the Disability Services Coordinator.
Students in need of any of the following accommodations SHOULD follow the disability housing accommodation process (outlined below):
- Air-conditioned units
- Double rooms with a familiar roommate
- Single rooms with shared bathroom
- Accessible bathroom features including grab bars or shower seats
- Widened doorways
- Students who require the use of a personal mattress must provide proof that the mattress they move into the residence halls meets the following fire code requirement: California TB-129 and Boston Fire Code IX-11.
First-Year Disability Housing Information:
All incoming Freshman who are in need of housing accommodations due to a documented medical condition should follow the procedure outlined below. Please make sure to submit your documentation (early).
Procedure for Requesting a Housing Accommodation:
- Students already receiving accommodations through Disability Services need to re-register by (a certain date) for the following academic school year. This requirement does not apply to physical or sensory disabilities of a permanent or unchanging nature.
- Submit disability documentation. Please refer to the Documentation Guidelines located online (Resources > Academic Support > Disability Services) for assistance in providing documentation that is appropriate to verify eligibility and support accommodations requests.
- Submit all required forms to Disability Services (Attn: Erin Kourafas, Disability Services Coordinator), by any one of the following ways:
- Scan and email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax: 978.922.4268
- Mail: Disability Services, 23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA 01915