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DRES and the student with a disability will discuss the interaction between the disability and the academic environment in order to determine reasonable academic adjustments and modifications. Consultation with faculty, staff, and outside professionals regarding essential elements and reasonable accommodations will occur in situations that are new, complex, or sensitive.
DRES will outline the process for the provision of reasonable accommodations and will present this verbally and in writing to the student. In determining reasonable accommodations specific to documented disabilities, the following questions will be addressed:
- What are the academic circumstances for which reasonable accommodations are being sought?
- What accommodations will be provided?
- Why will these accommodations be provided?
- When and/or to what degree will they be provided?
- Who is responsible for providing the accommodations?
- How will the accommodations be provided?
DRES Access Specialists 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 reasonable 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 Accommodation.
DRES service 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.
Beginning July 2, 2015, DRES students will be able to access their Letter of Academic Accommodations electronically through Compass. Students will have confidential access to dowload their letter and the provide it to faculty via a paper copy or electronically. Please visit the FAQ's for more details on the process.