Student Accommodations

Student accommodations are determined on a case by case basis, depending on the student's specific needs and disability. We will never blanket deny or approve accommodations based on previous cases/students.

SDS Process:

  1. Students are required to contact SDS and submit documentation. This documentation must be from a licensed medical professional who is qualified to both diagnose and treat a specific disability or condition. This documentation is confidential and will remain in the SDS office. Faculty, administrators or liaisons do not have access to this private information and should never request specifics on a student's disability or condition.
  2. SDS then meets with that student to discuss their specific needs, functional limitations, course/clinic requirements, and finally the reasonable accommodations that will not fundamentally alter stated learning outcomes. If there are questions or potential issues, SDS will communicate with the school liaison and/or program directors to engage in the interactive process to determine solutions. 
  3. Once reasonable accommodations are approved, SDS sends the accommodation letter (detailing the approved accommodations) to the student, and to the school liaison and/or program director to dispense to faculty members. The liaison and/or program director will then assist faculty in facilitating approved accommodations.

Although accommodation needs vary between individuals, there are some common accommodations for students with disabilities. Where appropriate these may include, but are not limited to:

  • Academic support services (e.g. notetaking assistance, recording, campus resources)
  • Extended time for exams and assessments
  • Alternate format reading and course materials (electronic, braille, large-print)
  • Assistive technology (software, hardware, high and low-tech)
  • Adaptive equipment
  • Leave time for medical appointments
  • Alteration of exam format