Appropriate documentation of the disability must be on file with Access-Ability Services and the student must participate in an Intake Interview prior to the provision of any services or accommodations. (Please see Documentation Guidelines.) Students may be asked to submit additional reports/tests to qualify for disability support for successive semesters if the current documentation is incomplete or if the nature of the disability changes. Returning students that have previously participated in an Intake Interview do not need to repeat the intake interview in subsequent semesters.
Students must meet with an Access-Ability Services staff member at the start of each semester to request Accommodation Letters be submitted to professors, as accommodations do not automatically roll-over each semester. This official document identifies the student as having approved accommodations and/or services based upon the disability. Only the approved academic accommodations listed on the Accommodation Letter will be granted to the student. Students who choose to access their accommodations are encouraged to meet individually with the instructor at the beginning of the semester to request specific accommodations based on the Accommodation Letter once it has been submitted to the instructors. Reasonable classroom accommodations are intended to give qualified students with disabilities equal or equivalent access to educational programs and may be subject to negotiation.
The student maintains the right to access or to waive accommodations on a course-by-course or on a task-by-task basis.
Students who choose not to disclose their accommodations to a professor and then change their minds as the semester progresses must allow reasonable time for accommodations to begin. There will be no retroactive consideration or adjustment to grades.
Students who choose NOT to submit their Accommodation Letter to professors forfeit all academic accommodations, including test accommodations.
Students who wish to use the accommodation of Advanced Registration must request their Accommodation Letters at the start of the semester. Failure to do so may result in the inability to receive Advanced Registration for that semester.
It is the student’s responsibility to inform Access-Ability Services if they have any issues or concerns with their accommodations, in a timely manner.
All students, regardless of the presence of a disability, are required to meet the same academic, comportment, and clinical standards.
Students whose documentation supports test accommodations must make arrangements with their professors and complete all necessary paperwork at Access-Ability Services at least 5 business days in advance of the date of the test/exam.
Academic coaching services are subject to availability. Students with Academic Coaching appointments should call Access-Ability Services at 860-768-4312 if they are unable to keep their appointments. Three absences from scheduled appointments will result in removal from the weekly Academic Coaching schedule. In this event, students will be invited to utilize "drop-in" hours at Access-Ability Services based on availability.
Reduced Course Load Authorization Form
Access-Ability Services and the Dean of Students Office will occasionally recommend a reduced course load as an academic accommodation for a student with a disability. Unlike part-time status, authorization for a reduced course load permits a student to register for a course load that is less than full-time, while still being considered a full-time student. Students authorized for a reduced course load are entitled to all services enjoyed by full-time students, and will be considered to be full-time students for purposes of financial assistance and student accounts.