Reasonable Accommodations

Under the Americans with Disability Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, a reasonable accommodation will be implemented as long as it is medically necessary (there is competent medical evidence establishing a relationship between the disability and the need for accommodation) and the accommodation does not (1) impose an undue financial hardship or burden; (2) does not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others; and (3) does not make a substantial change in an essential element of the curriculum or a substantial alteration in the manner in which the service is provided.

The goal of accommodations is to give students with a disability the opportunity to demonstrate abilities and equal access to the learning environment. Individualized accommodations are not designed to give the student an advantage over other students, to alter a fundamental aspect of the course, or weaken academic integrity.

Accommodations for students are tailored on a case by case basis to the individual and the documented disability.