AccessAbility Services

What is a reasonable accommodation?

The Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) strives to proactively identify and remove barriers to access, to promote inclusion, and minimize the need for individual accommodations. Upon request, the University will provide reasonable accommodation(s) to otherwise qualified students as required by law to ensure equal access to University educational opportunities, programs, services, and activities in the most integrated setting, to the extent such requested accommodations do not impose an undue hardship upon the University, constitute a fundamental alteration to a program, or compromise academic integrity.

At the college level, it is students' responsibility to make their disability status and need for accommodation(s) known. Upon receiving a request, OAS determines reasonable accommodation through an interactive and collaborative process.

Accommodations are not student preferences; they are determined on a case-by-case basis through a collaborative process among the student, the Manager of OAS, and faculty. Neither supervisors, faculty, program sponsors, nor unit administrators may independently deny a request for accommodation.

In order to access accommodations, students are required to register with OAS and engage in a process that includes disclosure of disability.

Examples of accommodations

Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis, through a collaborative process among the Office of AccessAbility Services, the student, and faculty. Accommodations depend on many factors. The following are examples of some possible accommodations, depending on many factors. This does not serve as an exhaustive list.