ACCOMMODATION PROCEDURES

  • A student with a disability may request accommodation by scheduling an intake appointment, submitting a request for services, and providing appropriate documentation to the Affirmative Action Officer, located in 329 Student Union Building (719-587-8213). The Affirmative Action Officer reviews accommodation requests. Students choosing to access disability support services should contact the Affirmative Action Officer as soon as possible after acceptance to Adams State, and should be aware that late notification may result in complications for establishing accommodations in a timely fashion.
  • Requesting accommodation or self-identifying as having a disability is voluntary.
  • Students who qualify for services work with the Affirmative Action Officer to determine reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services. The Affirmative Action Officer may consult with faculty, staff, and outside professionals regarding essential course elements and reasonable accommodations.
  • Reasonable accommodation is individualized to the person and the situation.
  • Reasonable accommodation need not be the best accommodation available, as long as it effectively provides meaningful access to the program or activity.
  • The Affirmative Action Officer will provide "Academic Accommodation Letters" for faculty members that certify the existence of the students disability and recommend reasonable accommodations. Students will deliver the forms to professors who teach classes in which the student is requesting accommodation.
  • The Affirmative Action Officer will send electronic communication to faculty members, indicating that a student with a disability will be presenting them with an "Academic Accommodation Letter", and if the student does not do so within two weeks of the electronic communication, the faculty member should contact the Affirmative Action Officer for follow-up.
  • While the letter will indicate general accommodations, it is the students' responsibility to meet with each professor or instructor to request the specific accommodations necessary for each class.
  • Students with disabilities are responsible for contacting the Affirmative Action Officer if reasonable accommodations are not implemented in a timely way or are not effective.
  • Common academic accommodations include, but are not limited to: exam modifications or adjustments, note-takers, readers, scribes, taped textbooks, alternate print formats, assistive technology, course substitutions, priority registration, recorded lectures, and classroom relocations.
  • Policies and procedures for the most commonly requested accommodations at ASU are included in this handbook. Contact the Office of the Affirmative Action Officer for policies and procedures for other accommodations.

Accommodation is not required if:

  • it would create a direct threat to the health and safety of others;
  • it would require a substantial change in an essential element of the program or a substantial alteration in the manner in which services are provided;
  • it would create an undue financial or administrative burden on the College.