Please note that (1) all disability-related requests for benefits or services made by students, staff and other interested persons are subject to the provisions of Section 504 and Title II of the ADA, and (2) any disability-related requests for modifications to the university’s established policies and procedures must be made through Disability Support Services (DSS).
Students with temporary or permanent medical conditions or physical, cognitive, or psychological disabilities may be able to receive accommodations to eliminate barriers to their success. Accommodated students do not receive an advantage over others; rather, accommodations allow such students to not be at a disadvantage relative to other students as a result of conditions beyond their control. The College of Law operates in full compliance with Section 504 and the ADA. To pursue an accommodation, please contact DSS at 111-111-6307 or [email protected] to make an appointment. Students are encouraged to address their accommodation needs as early in the semester as possible as it may take some time to complete the process from beginning to end.
Students who desire disability accommodations are responsible for providing appropriate documentation and for giving adequate advance notice. Documentation must come from a licensed physician, psychiatrist, or psychologist and include verification of the disability, a description of functional limitations, and recommendations for appropriate academic adjustments or accommodations. Once DSS has received adequate documentation of a disability, it may recommend classroom and/or exam accommodations. The College of Law will work with the student and DSS to provide appropriate accommodations that do not conflict with the essential functions of a law student or compromise the integrity of the law study program. All accommodations must be approved by both DSS and the College of Law’s Associate Dean of Students. In addition, exam accommodation requests must be made every semester. Faculty members are not normally informed of disabilities or accommodations unless the accommodations provided affect the conduct of the class. Staff members are informed of disabilities only to the extent that they need this information to provide services to the affected students.
Appeals of a DSS determination are made to the Associate Dean of Students in accordance with FSH 6400.D. In the College of Law, such complaints fall under the Student Complaint Policy described below.
The Student Complaint Policy is posted on the Current Students webpage. Students with complaints are first encouraged to share their concerns directly with the person or office responsible for the problem so problems can be resolved on the lowest level. When this is not feasible, desirable, or effective, students should follow the complaint procedure outlined in the Student Complaints Policy in Appendix B of the Handbook. The College of Law’s Associate Dean for Students serves as the primary point person for official student complaints under the policy.