At the beginning of each semester, students are given the opportunity to complete Notice of Accommodations and Disclosure forms. In order to request an accommodation, students are required to provide faculty members with disclosure forms regarding their disabilities. The forms state that a student has a documented disability and identifies what types of accommodations are needed within the classroom. Students are encouraged to discuss their forms with faculty members outside of the classroom setting in order to provide time for conversation. In-class accommodations in the past have included additional time to respond, notetaker, recording of lectures, and additional time to complete in-class assignments. Accommodations are not retroactive and do not apply to work completed prior to the request for an accommodation.
If students have not used accommodations in the past, or have questions about what accommodations might be appropriate, they should meet with the appropriate DDS specialist. Accommodation selection is determined on a case-by-case basis according to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.