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Determining Reasonable Accommodations

A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a course, program, service, or facility which ensures that a qualified student with a disability is not excluded, segregated or otherwise treated differently. The modification or adjustment is not required if it would fundamentally alter the nature of the course, program, service, or facility or if it would result in an undue burden for the College. In addition, the College is obligated to make a reasonable accommodation only to the known limitations of an otherwise qualified disabled student.

To determine reasonable accommodations, Disability Services may seek information from appropriate college personnel regarding essential standards and requirements for courses, programs, services, or facilities. Final determination of reasonable accommodations is made by the Coordinator of Disability Services for Students. Reasonable accommodations are determined by examining:

  1. the barriers or limitations resulting from the interaction between the documented disability and the campus environment;
  2. the possible accommodations that might remove the barriers;
  3. whether or not the student has access to the course, program, service, job, activity, or facility without accommodations;
  4. whether the possible accommodations would fundamentally alter the nature of or effect the essential elements of the course, program, service, or facility;
  5. whether providing the accommodations would result in an undue burden for the College.