How to Obtain Services and Academic Accommodations
- Register with Disability Resources for Students by providing current and appropriate
medical or professional documentation and meeting with an DRS coordinator for an intake
- After registering for classes, schedule an appointment with your DRS coordinator to
do a Semester Plan. At this meeting, you and your coordinator will discuss your disability
related needs for each class and develop a plan of services and/or accommodations
to address those needs for that particular semester. If you need services that require
weeks to arrange (such as books in alternate format, interpreting services, classroom
captioning or relocation of a classroom), it is your responsibility to register early
and to initiate your Semester Plan appointment in sufficient time for the services
to be arranged. If it appears during the course of the semester that the planned accommodations
are insufficient, you should promptly meet with your coordinator to discuss your concerns.
When appropriate, the Semester Plan can be amended.
- If the planned accommodations involve cooperation from your professors, your DRS coordinator
will provide you with a memo for each professor. The memo will explain that DRS has
disability documentation on file that qualifies you for the academic accommodations
outlined in the memo. You will be given a choice as to whether you want your disability
named in the memo. It is not required for professors to know the specific disability;
however, having this information can often be beneficial for them to know how to best
help you. It is your responsibility to take the memo to each professor. You should
schedule an appointment with each professor or go to his/her office during scheduled
office hours to deliver the memo for that class and to have a discussion about your
needs and how they can be met in the event the professor has any questions. You should
give the memos to your professors as early in the semester as possible, preferably
within the first two weeks or earlier if you will require accommodations before then.
It is against University policy for professors to provide disability accommodations
to students who have not given them a memo from DRS. Professors are responsible for
providing accommodations only from the time they receive notice of the disability
via the memo from DRS. Students who deliver their memos late in the semester are not
eligible for retroactive accommodations.
- If your planned accommodations are not working out for some reason (such as a notetaker
not taking adequate notes or a professor not allowing you to audio record lectures
or suggesting that you try the test without extended time, etc.), notify your DRS
coordinator as soon as possible so that we can develop a suitable intervention strategy
to resolve the issue in a timely manner.
- Sometimes there will be more than one way that a student can be effectively accommodated.
In determining the accommodations you will receive, DRS staff gives first consideration
to the specific accommodation you request, provided it is reasonable and does not
create an undue hardship or administrative burden. The law does not require the institution
to provide the specific accommodation you request, but it does require the institution
to provide an effective accommodation.