- Accommodation Practices and Policies
- Determining Accommodations
- Accommodations are Subject to Adjustment
- Accommodations are Provided on a Case-by-Case Basis
- Accommodations will not be Provided Retroactively
- Accommodation requests are subject to review
- Interim Accommodations Based on Partial Documentation
USD provides students with disabilities with accommodations or with modifications to policies and practices in order to ensure that students have an equal opportunity to participate in all USD programs, services, and activities. The purpose of accommodations is not to guarantee success but to provide access and equal opportunity. The following policies and practices apply to all accommodations provided to students with disabilities at USD:
Initially, the Disability Services Review Committee will determine the accommodations to be provided to each student. The Committee shall base this determination upon all of the following:
- the documentation provided by the student;
- the student's full registration with Disability Services;
- consultation with other, appropriate USD Disability Services staff who have reviewed the documentation
- USD's academic policies and those of the specific school or program;
- the policies and practices set forth in this and other Disability Services documents;
- consultation with course faculty regarding the essential course elements and the manner in which student mastery of course material is to be evaluated.
The initial accommodation determination of the Director may be modified for any number of reasons. Some common reasons for changing the initial accommodation determination are:
- the faculty member teaching the course determines that providing the accommodation would fundamentally alter an essential element of the course;
- the student tries the accommodation, and it is not effective;
- the student requests a different accommodation, provided it is reasonable and appropriate;
- the student does not accept the initial accommodation determination of the Director and successfully grieves the issues to the Vice-President and Provost;
- the Director substitutes an equally effective accommodation for reasons of administrative efficiency.
Accommodations for each student will be determined on an individual basis considering all the factors mentioned above. Students with similar disabilities may not necessarily receive the same accommodations. There is no list of approved accommodations for any specific disability.
A student who is approved for services and completes the Disability Services registration process is entitled to services and accommodations only from that date of full registration forward. USD will generally not expunge or reexamine course work completed before documentation of a disability, even if the student can establish that they had a disability at the time of the course in question.
USD will only provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations based upon a review of the factors described above. This means that students may not necessarily be provided with all the accommodations recommended in their documentation. Some common reasons that USD will not provide a requested accommodation:
- providing the accommodation would fundamentally alter the program, course, or activity;
- the accommodation being requested is not supported by the documentation;
- it is against the policies and practices set forth in this document to provide the requested accommodations (e.g., unlimited time on tests);
- providing the accommodation would pose a direct threat to the student or to others;
- providing the accommodation would constitute an undue administrative or financial burden pursuant to criteria established under the ADA and/or Section 504.
In rare circumstances, a student who has not provided all documentation required under the Documentation Guidelines may be granted accommodations on an interim basis. Please see our Documentation Review Policy.