To be eligible for accommodations and services, students with disabilities maybe asked to provide the Center for Accessibility Resources with disability related documents from appropriate licensed professionals. This is to assist in determining whether the student is eligible for accommodations and, if so, to determine which accommodations are appropriate. A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a course academic program or activity, service, or campus student employment that allows a qualified student with a disability the opportunity to attain the same level of performance or enjoy equal benefits and privileges as are available to a similarly situated student without a disability.

No student should delay meeting with Center for Accessibility Resources out of concern for not having appropriate paperwork. Center for Accessibility Resources will provide resources for obtaining documentation or, if appropriate, provide temporary accommodations. Documentation is important to assure that effective accommodations are provided.

The cost of obtaining appropriate documentation of disability is the responsibility of the students. Center for Accessibility Resources will establish guidelines for documentation and will decide if the documentation is sufficient to determine the extent of the disability and the appropriate accommodations and services. Pending receipt of documentation, Center for Accessibility Resources reserves the right to deny accommodations and services.

The determination of appropriate accommodations is an interactive process and requires the input of the student, appropriate faculty, and Center for Accessibility Resources. As part of this joint effort, Center for Accessibility Resources may seek information from University faculty, staff, and administrators regarding essential standards for courses, academic programs, campus student employment, and academic activities. Final determination of reasonable accommodations is made by Center for Accessibility Resources. Center for Accessibility Resources makes this determination by examining the following:

  1. the barriers between the student's functional limitations and the academic environment;
  2. the possible accommodations that might remove the barriers;
  3. whether or not the student has meaningful access to the course, academic program, activity, or service, without the accommodation; and
  4. whether the essential elements of the course, academic program, services, or academic activity are compromised or substantially altered by the accommodation.

Students are not required to disclose the nature of their disabilities to faculty, only to discuss the accommodations they will be using. In cases where faculty may have questions as to whether a student is eligible for services, faculty may contact the Center for Accessibility Resources Director and request written and/or verbal verification of the existence of a disability and the appropriate reasonable accommodations.