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The mission of Disability Services is to ensure equal access for qualified students with disabilities, encourage self-determination skill development, and to work collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to promote and facilitate an inclusive campus community.
- IU Disability Services Accommodation Request Form – Submit this form along with the appropriate documentation if you are a new student requesting academic accommodations due to a physical, learning, psychological, or medical disability/condition.
- IU Disability Services Academic Accommodations Renewal Request Form – Submit this form if you are a returning student and are requesting to renew your academic accommodations for the upcoming semester.
- Documentation Guidelines– Students requesting any type of accommodation must provide supporting documentation of a disability from their treating health care provider. Please review the documentation guidelines for more information.
What are Academic Accommodations?
Academic accommodation as required by law is not meant to diminish academic standards. It is intended to create an opportunity for students with disabilities to learn and for professors to evaluate fairly. Students with disabilities expect access and opportunities, not alterations in academic expectations. Academic requirements and course objectives should remain unchanged. Modifications may need to be made in the way a student receives information or demonstrates knowledge but not in the academic proficiency standards. In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended, Immaculata University prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability and provides reasonable accommodations to students unless doing so would fundamentally alter the nature of a service, program, or activity, or would result in an undue financial or administrative burden.
Although it is the duty of the University to provide reasonable accommodations, it is the responsibility of the student with the need to request a reasonable accommodation in a realistic time frame.
Students with a documented disability should review the Immaculata University Handbook for Academic Accommodations.
Examples of Accommodations
A reasonable academic accommodation is one that does not require a substantial change in the curriculum or alteration of any essential elements of the course, program, service, or activity. Reasonable accommodations are tailored to the needs of the student and determined on a case-by-case and course-by-course basis.
There is no one list of reasonable academic accommodations that will serve the needs of all students with disabilities. The following are some typical examples:
- Extended time on exams or tests
- Distraction-reduced testing environment
- Reader or auxiliary aid to read aloud exam
- Audio recording of lectures
- Alternate textbooks
- Text-to-speech assistive technology
- Alternatives to computer-scored answer sheets
- Arrange for students with a hearing loss to have sound amplified (This may require faculty to wear a voice amplifying microphone.)
Differences Between High School and College Accommodations
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