The Accommodations Process
Register with LAS for the first time by completing the Initial Accommodations Request Form and uploading required documentation to confirm your eligibility for accommodations. Please review our Documentation Guidelines.
If you are already registered with LAS, please complete a Supplemental Request for any additional accommodations.
Log into your Accommodate Student Profile by using your college NetID and password. You can also access your Accommodate profile through the portal>Academic Resources>Academic Accommodations.
Once you’re on your Homepage, you will find a menu in the left hand column. Go to Accommodation > Supplemental > Add New
Fill out the form, upload documentation, and submit.
After submitting Initial or Supplemental Request...
LAS will reach out within 1-2 business days to schedule a meeting via our online booking platform. Then, meet with LAS staff to review your documentation and discuss possible accommodations. If approved, an official Letter of Accommodation will be drafted and sent to your current semester professors or relevant parties across campus. You will also receive an emailed copy of the letter.
The accommodations process is dynamic and interactive and involves collaboration between the student, the faculty member, Learning and Accessibility Services, and in some cases, other relevant parties. The application of certain accommodations may need to be modified depending on the format, structure, and requirements of each course. While accommodations may constitute modifications and adjustments to a course, they are not intended to fundamentally alter core components or excuse a student from fulfilling course requirements.
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Attendance & Extensions Accommodations
If a student is approved for an ADA Accommodation related to class attendance, it is because their disability may occasionally impact their overall attendance throughout the course of the semester. Attendance accommodations are highly contextual and course-specific, so the following guidelines have been developed to promote clarity and a smooth application of such accommodations:
- Student and faculty are encouraged to collaborate and meet about how this accommodation will be applied in their course. LAS is happy to be a part of those conversations and may be invited to participate by either the student or faculty, as needed.
- Student will inform faculty when attendance accommodation needs to be used. No personal disability or health related information needs to be shared. Student can simply state, “I need to use my attendance accommodation for class today.” Faculty should not ask student to present medical/health documentation when an accommodation has already been approved.
- If student is not comfortable speaking directly to faculty to inform them of their absence, they may reach out to LAS to act as a liaison.
- If a student is seeking an attendance accommodation after they have already had multiple absences due to disability, it is important to know that accommodations are not applied retroactively.
- Professor and student are encouraged to consider the total number of absences from the semester when assessing the student’s ability to meet course requirements.
- An attendance accommodation does not mean that a student can miss as many classes as they need; even with the application of an accommodation for attendance, the student may not be able to meet course requirements given the amount of in-class time they have missed. Again, this is very course-specific.
Extensions on Assignments
If a student is approved for an ADA Accommodation related to extensions on assignments, it is because their disability will occasionally impact their ability to complete assignments on time. This accommodation is typically approved in cases where a student’s disability may flare-up unpredictably throughout the semester. Extensions on assignments accommodations are highly contextual and assignment-specific, so the following guidelines have been developed to promote clarity and a smooth application of such accommodations:
- This accommodation is not applicable in cases where the late assignment is due to negligence or poor planning on the part of the student.
- Extensions and new due dates for assignments should be determined through a collaboration between the student and professor with as much advance notice as possible (ideally a week or more). Some assignments may not be able to be extended.
- Student is encouraged to initiate this communication by informing a professor that they need to utilize their accommodation for extensions on assignments and seeking an agreement on a new due date. Professor can also initiate this communication. LAS is available to liaise by request of student or professor.
- Professor and student may reach out to LAS in cases where it is unclear what that extension should be or if other guidance is needed.
- If an accommodation for extensions results in assignments being turned in after the end of the semester, student would need to seek an Incomplete through the Registrar’s process prior to end of the semester.