Academic Accommodation Requests

  1. Student completes the online DSS Application via online DSS Portal and submits disability documentation, as appropriate. DSS staff will review that information and schedule an intake meeting to obtain additional information and discuss the student’s accommodations needs and DSS procedures.
  1. If student agrees with DSS recommendations for accommodation, then the student will submit a request for Faculty Notification Letters (FNL) to be delivered. (If student disagrees with DSS recommendations for accommodations, then the student may appeal the decision using the Student Disability Grievance Procedure.)
  1. Student will be copied when FNL is emailed. Faculty will also be able to access a record of students’ accommodation needs via the DSS Faculty Portal. Student is then responsible for following up on that email with each professor, via phone, zoom, email or in person, to discuss the specifics of which accommodations might be needed in a specific class and allow for discussion of implementation. The same accommodation, extended time on tests, for instance, might be handled differently in various classes, depending on the nature of the class, the types of tests, or possible scheduling issues on the part of student or faculty.
  1. If the faculty and student have questions regarding implementation either party may contact DSS. If faculty feel that a specific recommendation interferes with an essential element of a course, they should contact DSS immediately. DSS will engage in an interactive process with the student and faculty member, reviewing the accommodation recommendation and the impact on essential components of the course or an assignment. If a resolution cannot be found, then the request is forwarded to Chair and/or Academic Dean for review. Chair/Dean will continue the interactive process with all parties and make a recommendation.
  1. Student may appeal to the VPAA/Provost, who may review request, all supporting documentation, and meet with involved parties as necessary.
  1. VPAA/Provost makes decision, and notifies all parties in writing. The decision of the VPAA/Provost is final.