Defining Reasonable Academic Adjustment and Accommodations

What are Reasonable Academic Adjustments and Accommodations?

 

A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a course, program, service, job activity, or facility that ensures an equal opportunity for qualified students with disabilities to participate in, and enjoy the benefits of, a service, program, or activity. Aids, benefits, or services need not produce equal results, but must afford an equal opportunity to achieve equal results. When necessary, SAS staff will consult with faculty regarding whether an accommodation would fundamentally alter the nature of the service, program or activity or whether an academic requirement is essential to the instruction being pursued or to any directly related licensing requirement. In doing so, SAS staff will examine the following:

  • Barriers between individuals with disabilities and the campus environment in accessing courses, programs, services, jobs, activities or facilities without accommodations;
  • Requested modifications, accommodations, and auxiliary aids;
  • Whether the proposed accommodations would fundamentally alter the nature of the course, program, service, job, activity, or facility;
  • Whether an academic requirement is essential to the instruction or to any directly related licensing requirement;
  • Whether effective alternatives exist that would allow the individual with a disability to participate without lowering essential requirements or fundamentally altering the nature of the program.

When the University determines that a modification related to facilities or communication would result in a fundamental alteration or undue burden, SAS staff shall acquire the written opinion of the proper authority, i.e. department chair of impacted discipline, providing the reasoning supporting the decision.

Note: The demand for appointments with the Student AccessAbility Services Coordinator becomes very high as the semester approaches. New students should contact the Coordinator at least six weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. Continuing students (those who have provided documentation and previously met with the Coordinator to discuss academic adjustments) should contact the Coordinator at least three weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. Appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.