Requests for accommodations should begin at the Office of Disability Services. All requests must be made in a timely manner. Once a qualified individual with a disability has requested services, ODS personnel will meet with the student to review the documentation and determine related appropriate accommodations. Appropriate and reasonable accommodations are best determined through a flexible, interactive process that involves both the individual with the disability and the faculty and/or staff member(s) involved. The determination of all the appropriate academic adjustments/accommodations and aids that will be provided will include input from both the student and ODS, in consultation with faculty where appropriate. Early consultation with all parties involved is advisable. The university is not required to provide accommodations until the student has provided documentation of a disability.
Students will be notified in writing of all adjustments and services that have been agreed to, as well as any that have been denied and the reason for the denial. They will also be informed of the process for appealing those decisions. That process is fully outlined in a later section of this handbook.
To be eligible for disability related services, students are responsible for identifying themselves and disclosing information about the disability to the ODS staff. Students are also responsible for supplying written documentation of the disabling condition as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Each student who requests accommodations must meet with the Office of Disability Services staff to discuss his/her individual needs. The ODS staff can provide a variety of services for the student, including: