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:
- 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.
- The student must have a disability documented by an appropriate professional.
- The academic accommodation requested must be directly related to an educational limitation that is the result of, or reasonably related, to the disability.
- 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.
- 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.
- The instructor must respond to a request for an academic accommodation in a timely manner.
- 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.