Implementing Academic Accommodations
The Academic Achievement and Access Center (AAAC) facilitates appropriate academic accommodations and auxiliary aids and services that are necessary to afford an individual with a disability an equal opportunity to participate in the University’s programs and activities. Specifically, students must provide written documentation from a qualified professional on the nature and impact of the disability. The student and the AAAC will then engage in an interactive process to determine what, if any, accommodations are appropriate based on the student’s disability and individual needs.
Students must meet with an assigned AAAC Specialist to do the following:
· Complete an Initial Appointment to discuss the accommodations process.
· With an Access Specialist, review the Access Online system for sending accommodation notifications to instructors.
Students must then meet with their instructors within one week. Students are not obligated to self-disclose the nature of a disability to faculty members or instructors.
· Meet with each instructor during office hours to review the authorized accommodations.
· Discuss implementing accommodations with each instructor (e.g., when extra time for exams will be given, where to take exams, conflicts with back-to-back classes, alternative start times, and note-taking).
· Address any concerns about accommodations promptly with the instructor.
· Students may contact the AAAC Specialist for assistance with concerns about their accommodations.
Academic Achievement and Access Center Staff Responsibilities
· Meet with each eligible student requesting accommodations and determine appropriate accommodations based on documented need.
· With the student, review the Access Online system and authorized accommodations and request that students meet with each instructor to discuss accommodations.
· Ensure that any equipment or technology utilized to effectuate any academic adjustment is tested and is working properly one week prior to the first day of class.
· Advocate with faculty/instructional staff to have accommodations implemented as denoted by the student's Access Specialist.
· Contact the Department Chair if student indicates difficulty in the implementation of accommodations and a solution cannot be arrived at with the faculty member. The next step will be the Assistant Dean and then the Dean of the College.
· It is preferred that academic accommodations be requested at least two weeks prior to the beginning of classes or two weeks from the implementation of the approved accommodations in order to give the AAAC time to complete the processes necessary to support the accommodations.
· Discuss implementation of accommodations with each student.
· Assist in locating note taker if necessary.
· Comply with AAAC policies and procedures regarding the administration of tests in the AAAC Testing Center.
· Consult with AAAC professional staff if questions arise concerning the approved accommodations.
· Faculty/instructors are not exempt from following AAAC policies and the AAAC cannot implement separate practices for individual faculty/instructors.