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Academic Accommodations

Academic accommodations are legally mandated modifications or services that give a student with a disability an equal opportunity to benefit from the educational process.  It is useful to think of accommodations as adjustments to how things are normally done.

Academic accommodations may include:

  • Changes to a classroom environment or task that permit a student with a disability to participate in the educational process,
  • Modifications to policies, practices, or procedures (e.g., reduced courseload, extended time to degree, etc.),
  • Provision of auxiliary aids and services, and
  • Other adaptations or modifications that enable a student to enjoy the benefits and privileges of the university’s programs, services, and activities.

Students who may need an academic accommodation based on the impact of a disability must register with the Office of Accessible Education (OAE) and initiate their requests.  Students should contact the OAE as soon as possible as timely notice is needed to coordinate accommodations.  Similarly, it is the student's responsibility to notify the OAE as early as possible as to any problems experienced in the obtaining of academic accommodations and services.