Accommodations Process

Note: The process of arranging an academic accommodation takes time, so requests after the third week of the semester might not be completed in time to receive accommodations for that semester.

Accommodations are provided only after satisfactory completion of all of the following steps:

  • Documentation of your disability (which conforms to the Documentation Guidelines) is delivered to Disability Support Services. (DSS can assist in requesting documentation by faxing a signed release and guidelines, but the responsibility for making sure the documentation arrives at DSS remains yours.)
  • The DSS forms (Application to Initiate Services, Request for Accommodation, Informed Consent) are completed by you and delivered to the DSS office, room 1082, Lynn Wood Hall.
  • The DSS Administrator studies your documentation to determine that the requested accommodation(s) are appropriate for your disability and in line with university policies and practices or with requirements of other entities.
  • The Accommodations Committee meets and reaches a decision regarding the requested accommodations.*
  • You then meet with the DSS Administrator to discuss the committee’s decision.
    In the event that the request is denied, possible alternative and strategies are then explored.
  • Letters of Accommodations (LOA) are then prepared for each course. The LOAs are signed by the DSS Administrator and given to you.
  • You are responsible to deliver the LOA to your professor(s). DSS provides two copies of the LOA so your professor can keep one for their records.**
  • You and your professor discuss how the approved accommodations will be administered, provided they do not compromise an essential component of the course/program.
  • Should DSS proctor an exam for you, you are responsible for filling out the Proctoring Form and delivering it to your professor on time as outlined in the Student Agreement Form.

*Accommodations must be requested every semester.

**Professors are to sign the LOA and return it to DSS.