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Accommodations

Disability Resources for Students

Using Approved Accommodations

Once a student has been approved for accommodations by their DRS Coordinator, they will receive a Student Eligibility Letter via our myDRS system along with necessary next steps. Students then use the myDRS system to select which approved accommodations they want to use in a course, each quarter. Through myDRS a Faculty Notification Letter is delivered to course faculty and relevant academic staff. Quarterly course submissions need to be done in a timely manner for accommodations can not be submitted retroactively.

Once faculty have been notified, students need to meet with them to discuss the details of how each accommodation will/can work in course. In some circumstances, requested accommodations may not be reasonable in specific courses. If this arises, DRS will engage with faculty and determine what is reasonable. In cases where, based on the nature of the course, a requested accommodation is not reasonable DRS may explore alternatives if an access barrier is still present.

Requesting Additional Accommodations

Accommodations are approved initially by DRS staff in the Access Planning Meeting based on the needs and access barriers the student is encountering at that time. However, DRS recognizes that needs and barriers can change and/or evolve as a student progresses through an academic program. If a student encounters new barriers, emergent needs, or seeks to modify a current accommodations, they can request additional accommodations through myDRS by completing the “Additional Accommodation Request Form” and submitting it online. A DRS Coordinator will follow up to reengage the interactive process and resolve the additional access need request.

In the event that your accommodation request is not approved and you are in disagreement with the decision, you may seek reevaluation through the Student Reconsideration Process.

Accommodations Not Provided in Higher Education

Disability Resources for Students works to ensure access for students with disabilities by designing and implementing accommodations. However, there are some items that are not accommodations in higher education; this includes, but is not limited to:

  • Individualized instruction
  • Tutoring
  • Personal care attendant provided by institution
  • Provision of Personal Aids and Assistive Devices (i.e. wheelchairs, hearing aids, etc.)
  • Transportation to/from campus

(Updated 1/2020)