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Things to Consider
When it comes to deciding a reasonable accommodation, always include the student. The law calls for an interactive process.
While it is an institution’s responsibility to have a clear policy on accommodations and make it known, it is up to the students to seek accommodations and provide the proper documentation.
An institution can’t be held at fault if a student does not make use of the accommodations given to him/her.
Institutions do not have to lower their course requirements as an accommodation.
There is a big difference between what students want and what they need. They may ask for services that are detrimental to their future.
Colleges and universities do not have to provide accommodation that will alter the essential nature of a program.
Changes to accommodations are acceptable if they are reasonable and adequate.
Accommodations do not need to be provided if a student does not follow the established requested procedures.
Colleges can require documentation to be current even if the disability may be permanent or unchanging.
A college or university does not need to provide accommodations that create an unreasonable burden.
Accommodations that are not appropriate or reasonable are not required.
A college or university may deny a request for an accommodation if the student does not qualify.
A faculty member may not unilaterally decide that an accommodation is or is not necessary.
Colleges and universities are not required to give students grades that would significantly alter programs and policies.
Refusing to provide accommodations for students with disabilities may be allowed when they would be a hardship to the university and there are alternatives available.
Colleges and universities may deny individuals with disabilities access to programs or services if there is a legitimate nondiscriminatory reason for the denial.
Colleges and universities must provide reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities, if students support their requests with appropriate documentation.
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