Direct Request from Student

The following is a general outline of the procedure that should be followed when the student requests academic accommodations directly from the instructor:

  1. It is the responsibility of the student to identify himself/herself to the faculty member and request the academic accommodation. The student need not provide specific information about their disability.
  2. The student must have a disability documented by an appropriate professional.
  3. The academic accommodation requested must be directly related to an educational limitation that is the result of, or reasonably related, to the disability.
  4. The request must be made in a timely manner to allow the instructor a reasonable length of time to implement the accommodations request and make necessary arrangements.
  5. The academic accommodation requested must be reasonable in nature. The requested accommodation must not substantially alter an essential element or the fundamental nature of the course or program.
  6. The instructor must respond to a request for an academic accommodation in a timely manner.
  7. If there is a disagreement between the instructor and the student concerning the requested academic accommodation, a DSPS counselor should be contacted as soon as possible to discuss the matter. If a satisfactory solution is not reached, an appointment should be made with the Director of DSPS, as soon as possible to review the situation and take any further procedural steps.