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Disability Resources for Students

Accommodation Reconsideration

Students have the right to seek accommodation reconsideration upon a denial of a requested accommodation. Below are the steps to engage in the reconsideration process. This process is aligned to UW Policy: Reasonable Accommodation of Students with Disabilities (SGP Chapter 208)

Step 1

  • Access Coordinator (Seattle) or Associate Directors (Bothell/Tacoma) send formal “Denial of Requested Accommodation” email to student with the outline of stated reasons for denial and alternatives discussed, but not accepted by the student, along with information about the DRS accommodation reconsideration process.
  • Student has 10 business days, upon receiving the notice, to submit a reconsideration request to the DRS Tri Campus team (or designee) for review. The Tri Campus Team has discretion to modify the 10-day requirement as needed to gather necessary information from the student.
    • Tri Campus team consists of: DRS Directors (or designees) from each campus
  • The student should include their specific grounds for reconsideration, with a full explanation and any supporting documentation that may explain the barrier to access. Questions to address include:
    • What is/are the accommodation request(s) that you are seeking to have reconsidered?
    • What barrier(s) and/or impact(s) are you having in the environment based on your disability /health condition?
    • Have you received additional healthcare documentation that supports the barrier(s) and/or impact occurring?
  • The reconsideration request must be submitted using this online submission form (sign in with UW e-mail ONLY): DRS Reconsideration Submission

Step 2

  • DRS Tri Campus team, or stated designees, has 15 days upon receipt of the reconsideration request to make a final determination. They will review all relevant DRS information and engage with the student to discuss the request. The DRS Tri Campus Team has discretion to modify the 15-day requirement as needed to gather necessary information from student and/or process the reconsideration request completely.
  • If student does not agree with the DRS Tri Campus Team final determination, the student has 10 days to request a file review by the campus specific DRS Administrator (i.e. Assistant Dean or Associate Vice President) and University ADA/Section 504 Coordinator.

Step 3

  • DRS Campus Administrator and University ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (or stated designees) have 15 days once the request is received to review the file, and make a final determination.
  • If student is not in agreement with final DRS Campus Administrator and University ADA/Section 504 Coordinator determination, they are referred to UCIRO to pursue the university’s grievance process.