How a Student Requests Accommodations

Disabilities Services and the student with a disability will discuss the interaction between the disability and the academic environment in order to determine reasonable academic adjustments and modifications. Consultation with faculty, staff, and outside professionals regarding essential elements and reasonable accommodations will occur in situations that are new, complex or sensitive.

Disabilities Services will outline the process for the provision of reasonable accommodations and will present this verbally and in writing to the student. In determining reasonable accommodations specific to documented disabilities, the following questions will be addressed:

  • What are the academic circumstances for which reasonable accommodations are being sought?
  • What accommodations will be provided?
  • Why will these accommodations be provided?
  • When and/or to what degree will they be provided?
  • Who is responsible for providing the accommodations?
  • How will the accommodations be provided?

Disabilities Services staff will review documentation and certify the student has a disability, cite the circumstances for which accommodations are needed, and describes the reasonable accommodations recommended by Disabilities Services.

The request for accommodations will also invite students and/or faculty to contact Disabilities Services if there are concerns or questions about the accommodations.

Standard policies and procedures, established by Disabilities Services, for auxiliary aids and services will be included with the Request for Accommodations.

Disabilities Services staff will contact individual faculty members electronically at the beginning of each semester to identify recommended accommodations.

We would also be happy to answer any questions as to how they could be most effectively implemented or teaching strategies to use with specific disabilities.

Faculty will be expected to assist with the provision of accommodations when reasonable and necessary.

Faculty are not expected to compromise essential elements of the course or evaluation standards.