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Responsibilities and Expectations

What the Office of Academic Accommodations can do for Students

  • Provide information for prospective students concerning services and accommodations available to enrolled students
  • Review and recommend accommodations based on medical documentation
  • Require a meeting with you to support the development or implementation of accommodations or other necessary support
  • Require appropriate medical documentation of a disability
  • Support the development of self-advocacy and academic/life skills
  • Guide the student in working with faculty to implement  accommodations
  • Offer educational opportunities for faculty and students
  • Refer students to appropriate support services

What the Office of Academic Accommodations will not do for Students

  • Provide formal diagnostic evaluation; however we can provide a list of qualified diagnosticians in the vicinity of our University
  • Offer accommodations retroactively
  • Offer accommodations or services that alter the fundamental curriculum in a course or program
  • Offer accommodations that are personal devices or services
  • Offer accommodations that are not requested in a timely manner or are unreasonable
  • Offer tutoring. The University offers tutoring to all of its students through Student Academic Support Services. Therefore, tutoring is not an accommodation.

What students can expect from the University

  • Appropriate accommodations according to disabilities based on medical documentation
  • Access and participation in university opportunities
  • Fair treatment
  • Privacy in matters pertaining to disabilities

What the University expects from Students

  • Be your own advocate
  • Provide medical documentation of your disability
  • Request accommodations in a timely manner. The process can take several weeks or months depending on how prepared you are with the medical documentation. Accommodations cannot be implemented until they are approved by the Affirmative Action Officer
  • Meet privately with faculty to discuss academic accommodations within the first two weeks of the semester, or at least 15 business days prior to the need for an accommodation
  • Self monitor your progress with faculty, take initiative, request assistance, and meet University standards
  • Keep your contact information up to date with the University through the Registrar’s Office and Office of Academic Accommodations

What expectations can students and faculty have of each other

  • Faculty and students should meet privately to discuss their disability related needs and accommodations
  • Faculty will implement accommodations in an appropriate and timely manner once the accommodation has been approved through Office of Academic Accommodations and the student has met with the faculty member
  • Faculty should not implement any accommodations that are not approved through Office of Academic Accommodations nor anything that has not been discussed with the student
  • Faculty may request verification or clarification of accommodations through Office of Academic Accommodations
  • Faculty may consult with Office of Academic Accommodations about students as appropriate
  • Faculty will expect students with disabilities to meet the same academic standards as their peers

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