Academic Accommodations

Students registering with DRES may utilize many types of academic accommodations.  These are developed during an interactive process with the student and their DRES Access Specialist.  A Letter of Academic Accommodations is then written for the student to provide instructors in either a paper or electronic format.

DRES and the student with a disability will engage in an interactive process to discuss the interaction between the disability and the academic environment in order to determine necessary academic adjustments and modifications. Consultation with faculty, staff, and outside professionals regarding essential elements and accommodations will occur in situations that are new, complex, or sensitive.

DRES will outline the process for the provision of necessary accommodations and will present this verbally and in writing to the student.

The DRES Access Specialist will write an individualized Letter of Academic Accommodations which certifies that the student has a disability, cites the circumstances for which accommodations are needed, and describes the accommodations recommended by DRES. The Letter of Academic Accommodations will also invite students and/or faculty to contact DRES if there are concerns or questions about the accommodations.

Standard policies and procedures, established by DRES, for auxiliary aids and services will be included with the Letter of Academic Accommodations.

DRES staff will contact individual faculty members as necessary to discuss the purpose and rationale for the recommended accommodations, as well as the process by which they could be most effectively implemented.

Faculty will be expected to assist with the provision of accommodations when reasonable and necessary. Faculty are not expected to compromise essential elements of the course or evaluation standards.