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According to federal law, faculty must provide a student registered with DSS, who provides a letter specifying accommodations, those accommodations. They may not question whether the disability exists when DSS has authorized accommodations nor ask to examine the student's documentation. Faculty are encouraged to discuss with the DSS professional staff how most effectively to provide accommodations.
- Work collaboratively with DSS to provide authorized reasonable accommodations and support services.
- Provide accommodations in a fair and timely manner.
- Meet in a private setting with any student provides letters of accommodation. Students should initiate that meeting to review accommodations outlined in the student's Accommodation Letter. If you feel any of the accommodations and/or services listed in the Accommodation Letter compromise the essential functions or requirements of your course, please contact DSS immediately. Accommodations are never designed to alter expectations or standards fundamentally in instructional level, content or performance criteria.
- Refer the student who is requesting an accommodation without official notification from DSS to DSS in writing or by phone. If the disability is visible (use of wheelchair, hearing aids, service dog, etc.), a requested accommodation is obviously appropriate; the faculty member should notify DSS and provide the accommodation while paperwork is being completed. Establishing reasonable accommodations is the responsibility of UNH DSS and are considered on a case-by-case basis based on the functional impact of each individual and the specific essential requirements of each course.
- Refer students to DSS who you believe may qualify for DSS services. Do not provide them with accommodation unless DDS has authorized them.
- Stand by academic standards and freedoms. Full and equitable access to academic programs serves as the foundation to standards and freedoms.
- Communicate clear and concise expectations for performance to your students. Care should be taken to distinguish between essential and non-essential components of the course.
- Allow reasonable accommodations. Accommodations are changes in the way things are done and affect only non-essential aspects of a course. They are reasonable so long as course standards are not fundamentally altered.
- Provide notice to your students of your willingness to accommodate. This can be done verbally during lectures and in writing within a course syllabus. DSS recommends both. One might say, “Students with disabilities are welcome to discuss accommodations with me”.
- Many students use auxiliary aides and technologies which ensure access. Depending on the disability, students may use note takers, sign language interpreters, readers and scribes. Others may use audio recorder/players, computers,magnification devices, assistive listening devices and other technologies for the same purpose.
- When requested, provide text book information so alternatives to printed information such as Braille, computer electronic text or large print can be produced for the student. If Internet resources and other technologies are used, then they must be accessible to students with disabilities as they are for other students. Please contact Rebecca McMillan, Assistive Technology Specialist, with any questions.
- Make academic adjustments in instruction. Some students need lecturers to face the audience while speaking. Others may need written or graphic information spoken aloud or described. Adjustments such as these may be made after the student requests them.
- Grant testing accommodations. Again, depending on the particular needs of a student, it may be necessary to extend testing times, change testing formats, test in a quiet environment and so on. Instructors may accommodate independently or ask DSS for assistance in providing test accommodation services. Please contact Becky Michaud, Student Services Assistant, with any questions.
- Regard disability related discussions and information with the strictest confidentiality.
In an effort to facilitate the process of identifying students with disabilities and their accommodation requests early in the semester, please include the syllabus statement below.
Accommodation Letter Procedure
1. Registered DSS students will request their Accommodation Letters through Clockwork.
2. Once requested, faculty will recieve an automatic email stating that a student enrolled in their course has requested their Accommodation Letters.
3. Faculty will log in to Clockwork to view and approve the students Acccommodation Letters.
4. DSS students will meet with their insructor to dtermine how they will work together to provide the accommodations outlined in the Accommodation Letter.
5. During this meeting if questions arise, both the instructor and student are encouraged to contact DSS and speak to a professional staff member.
6. At the end of the meeting the student should have clear instructions as to how the accommodations will be provided by the instructor.
7. DSS, faculty, and students will be able to access an Accommodation Letter at any time within Clockwork for future reference.
8. Students can request accommodations with reasonable notification at any point during the semester.
Students Rights and Responsibilities
Students with disabilities who attend UNH have the right to...
• equal access to services, programs, courses, activities, jobs and facilities at the college.
• equal opportunity to learn, and receive reasonable accommodations.
• appropriate confidentiality of all information regarding their disability.
• information about services and programs available in accessible formats (print, large print, audio, Braille or e-text).
Students with disabilities who attend UNH have the responsibility to...
• meet qualification criteria and maintain essential institutional conduct for services, programs, courses, activities, and facilities.
• provide documentation from an appropriate professional that demonstrates how the disability is limiting in the participation of services, programs, courses, activities, and facilities.
• identify as a person with a disability when an accommodation is needed and seek information, academic/personal counseling, and assistance when needed.
• follow the appropriate procedures for obtaining reasonable accommodations, services, and assistive technology.
UNH’s Rights and Responsibilities
UNH has the right to...
• identify and establish standards for courses, programs, services, activities and facilities and to evaluate students on this basis.
• request and receive, through Disability Services for Student (DSS), current documentation that supports the need for accommodation, services, and/or assistive technology.
• deny requests for accommodation, services, and/or assistive technology if the documentation provided does not demonstrate such a need or if documentation is not provided or is inappropriate.
• select among equally effective accommodations, adjustments and/or auxiliary aides or services.
• deny an unreasonable request for an accommodation, service, and assistive technology that fundamentally alters any course, assessment, program or activity at the University.
UNH has the responsibility to...
- ensure that courses, programs, services, activities and facilities, when viewed in their entirety, are available and useable in the most integrated and appropriate settings.
- view community members based on their ability and not their disability.
- provide or arrange reasonable accommodations, services, and/or assistive technology for people with disabilities in services, programs, courses, activities, and facilities. Some accommodations require advance notice, such as materials in alternative format such as Braille or other forms of conversion, sign language interpreting or CART. UNH has the discretion to select the effective accommodation that will be provided and deemed reasonable.
- maintain confidentiality of documentation and other personal information except where deemed necessary or permitted or required by law to make disclosure.
- provide information to people with disabilities in accessible formats when requested.
The University of New Hampshire is committed to providing appropriate accommodations and services to students with disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 including changes made by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. Contact the Affirmative Action and Equity Office, Section 504/ADA Compliance Officer (603-862-2930 voice/tty) if you believe your rights have been violated.
- Clockwork Student Portal
- Clockwork Services - Student Portal
- Applying for Accommodations
- Accommodations Timeline
- Types of Accomodations
- Eligibility & UNH Documentation Guidelines
- Assessment/Diagnostician Referral Listing
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) Guidelines
- Autism Spectrum Disorders (Pervasive Developmental Disorders)
- Chronic Disease/Medical Conditions Guidelines
- Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing (HOH) Guidelines
- Learning Disability Guidelines
- Physical Guidelines
- Psychological/Emotional Disorders Guidelines
- Temporary Medical Conditions Guidelines
- Assistive Technology
- Campus Accessibility Map
- DSS Classifieds
- Scholarships for Students with Disabilities
- Study Abroad
- UNH Service Animal Statement
- NH Vocational Rehabilitation
- President's Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities
- ADA Compliance at UNH; Affirmative Action and Equity office
- Veteran Support
- Become a Notetaker