What are Accommodations?
Accommodations are tools that grant students with disabilities access to educational opportunities. They are not intended to alter or lower the standards or expectations of a course of exam; rather, accommodations are designed to assist students with disabilities in learning the same material and meeting the same expectations as their classmates.
Examples of Classroom and Academic Accommodations
- Accessible furniture and seating in classrooms
- Accessible instructional and course material, including alternative format texts
- Assistive technology
- Audio recording lecture
- Classroom relocations
- Disability-related absences
- Interpreting and real-time captioning
- Note taking software
- Priority registration
- Stingerette paratransit service
- Testing accommodations
What are NOT Accommodations at the University Level?
- Individualized instruction
- Personal care attendant
- Modifying curriculum
- Requiring a professor to change a teaching style
How to Use Approved Accommodations
Once a student has been approved for accommodations, they will receive a Course Accessibility Letter via email along with “Accessing your Accommodations” information. The Course Accessibility Letter can also be accessed through a student's Accommodate portal. Once a student receives their Accommodations Letter, they are to schedule an appointment with each of their faculty members.
Meeting with Faculty
Meeting with faculty is an opportunity to discuss how accommodations will be implemented in each class. Faculty do not automatically receive a copy of a student's Accommodations Letter, and accommodations are not retroactive. This means accommodations can only be implemented once 1) faculty have received a student's Accommodations Letter and 2) the student has spoken with the faculty member about their accommodations.
Communicate with the Office of Disability Services Regarding Any Questions, Concerns, or Delays
Students have a responsibility to keep ODS informed of any issues they may be having with the implementation of their accommodations. If a student experiences any difficulty in obtaining or receiving accommodations, or is any additional accommodations are needed, please follow up with ODS by scheduling an appointment through their Accommodate portal.
Pregnant or Parenting?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex—including pregnancy and parental status—in educational programs and activities. If you need accommodations related to pregnancy or parenting, please contact the Title IX Coordinator.