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article 1—student rights and responsibilities

Part 1. Student Rights

§ 1-110 Policy for the Provision of Reasonable Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

(a) The following guidelines state the manner in which reasonable accommodations are provided to students with disabilities admitted to study at the University. For the purpose of these guidelines, “reasonable accommodations” refer to those academic adjustments, services, and aids that are provided to ensure that otherwise qualified students with disabilities have equal access to University programs and activities. Coordination of the University’s efforts in this area is through the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES).

(b) In general, it is the responsibility of students to make their status as a person with a disability and their need for accommodations known. All requests for reasonable accommodations should be directed to the DRES Student Services Office (333-4603 or disability@illinois.edu). The determination of reasonable accommodations will be based upon an individual student’s needs. Academic accommodations shall be developed in consultation with the faculty member for whose course the accommodations are sought. Accommodations that impose an undue hardship on the campus or that require the fundamental alteration of academic standards, programs, or coursework may be declined.

(c) In order to be considered for reasonable accommodations, the student must meet the following requirements:
(1) The student must complete and return the DRES Application for Services. Applications
may be obtained from the Division, which is located in the Rehabilitation-Education
Center at 1207 South Oak Street, Champaign IL, or via the Web at
www.disability.illinois.edu.
(2) The student must have a disability and provide documentation of a disability in
accordance with DRES documentation criteria.

(d) To help ensure that a student’s accommodations are enacted in a timely manner, the student or prospective student who believes he or she will need accommodations to access University programs and activities must complete the DRES Application for Services and return it as soon as possible. Some accommodations, such as interpreter, real-time captioning services, or the conversion of print-based educational materials to alternative accessible formats can require substantial lead time to schedule or prepare. Therefore, it is recommended that the student return the DRES Application for Services and discuss accommodation needs with DRES personnel at least six weeks before the accommodations will first be required. Such notice will allow the applicant and DRES personnel a reasonable period of time in which to ascertain whether the requirements of sections (c)(2) above have been fulfilled and, if so, to identify and implement the reasonable and effective accommodations that are identified as necessary to afford the student equal access to University educational opportunities, programs, services, and activities in the most integrated setting.

(e) Accommodation recommendations of DRES personnel that the student deems to be ineffective may be appealed to the Director of DRES. Determinations of the DRES Director may be appealed to the Dean of Applied Life Studies. Students may take similar action in circumstances wherein the enactment of DRES accommodation recommendations by a campus unit is deemed to be unsatisfactory. Accommodation decisions of DRES or other campus units with which students are dissatisfied may also be appealed to the ADA Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access.

(f) If a student is harassed or discriminated against because of his/her disability, the student should contact the ADA Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access to institute the complaint procedures.

(g) Information for faculty regarding accommodations may be obtained at www.disability.illinois.edu.