A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a course, program, service, job, activity, or facility. It enables a qualified student with a disability the opportunity to attain the same level of performance or to enjoy benefits and privileges that are available to a similarly situated student who does not have a disability.
Reasonable accommodations are determined by examining
- barriers resulting from interaction between the documented disability and the campus environment
- possible accommodations that might remove the barriers
- whether or not the student has access to the course, program, service, job, activity or facility without accommodations
- whether or not the essential elements of the course, program, service, job, activity or facility are compromised by the accommodations
All reasonable accommodations are individualized based on the nature of the disability and the academic environment, and are discussed with each student individually. The student should arrange a formal meeting with the director within the first two weeks of each semester, to determine what accommodations are available to the student through the SAS Office and any other University resources. Students desiring specific accommodations will develop, with the director, a “Faculty Contact Sheet” (FCS). Students will then be given a copy to present to each instructor. This FCS is necessary for students to receive accommodations, and helps students and instructors work together to develop effective accommodation strategies.
Below is a partial list of some common reasonable accommodations that may be coordinated through Student Access Services:
- accessible classroom/location
- auxiliary aids and services (notetakers [when available], ASL interpreters)
- alternative formats (large print, audiotape, electronic formats)
- use of computer/adaptive software
- extended time
- distraction-free test setting