January 30, 2018

The Accommodations Process

The Initial Process of Requesting Accommodations

Our office provides accommodations to students with disabilities to prove them equal access the campus and learning environment, as well as to support them in their college journey.

Requesting accommodations is an interactive process that students, faculty, and Student Disability Center staff engage in. This process only begins once the student initiates it. 

If a student is wanting to set up accommodations for the first time they need to follow the following process:

  1. The student contacts the SDC and schedules an appointment with an accommodations specialist.
  2. The student meets with a specialist and provides documentation of their disability.
  3. The student and specialist will discuss the student’s specific situation and the specialist will determine appropriate accommodations and recommend them to the student. Different accommodations can be put in place for different situations.
  4. The student chooses which accommodations they want to use.
  5. The specialist will generate accommodation letter(s) verifying that the student is working with the SDC and is using accommodations.
  6. The student gives their accommodation letters to each of their instructors.
  7. Instructors should follow the accommodations and help ensure them.
  8. If issues arise the student needs to contact the SDC or their specialist immediately.

Re-establishing Accommodations

Students need to re-establish their accommodations every semester that they are wanting to utilize them. Doing so is a shortened process.

If the student does not need to change any of their accommodations:

  1. The student goes to the SDC and fills out a yellow request form.
  2. A specialist will review the request and generate new accommodation letters.
  3. The student checks back about a week later and picks up their new accommodation letters.
  4. The student gives their letters to their instructors.
  5. Instructors should follow the accommodations and help ensure them.
  6. If issues arise the student need to contact the SDC or their specialist immediately.

If the student wants to discuss or change accommodations:

  1. The student schedules an appointment with a specialist to discuss changes.
  2. The student and specialist meet and discuss changes to accommodations.
    • Depending upon the requested changes, the specialist may request supporting documentation before implementing a change in accommodations.
  3. The specialist will generate new accommodation letters for the student.
  4. The students give their letters to their instructors.
  5. Instructors should follow the accommodations and help ensure them.
  6. If issues arise students need to contact the SDC or their specialist immediately. 

If you have questions about the accommodations process, or would like to schedule an appointment with an accommodations specialist contact the SDC at 970-491-6385 or visit the main office located in the TILT Building, room 121.