Article 1, Part 1 - Student Rights

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

  1. The University provides reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities admitted to study at the University in accordance with the following procedures. As the term is used herein, “reasonable accommodations” refer to those academic adjustments, services, and aids provided to otherwise qualified students with disabilities to facilitate equal access to University programs and activities. The Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) coordinates the University’s efforts to provide these reasonable accommodations. DRES will consult as necessary to facilitate the processing of requests for reasonable accommodations.
  2. In general, students are responsible for informing the University of their status as a person with a disability and their need for reasonable accommodations. Students with disabilities should direct their requests for reasonable accommodations to the DRES Student Services Office by phone at (217) 333-4603, or disability@illinois.edu. The determination of reasonable accommodations will be based upon an individual student’s needs. For academic accommodations, DRES will consult with the faculty member for whose course the accommodations are sought. The University may decline requests for accommodations that impose an undue hardship on the campus or that require the fundamental alteration of academic standards, programs, or coursework.
  3. In order to be considered for reasonable accommodations, the student must meet the following requirements:
    1. The student must submit a completed Application for Services to DRES. Students may obtain applications from:
      DRES: in person at the Rehabilitation-Education Center at 1207 South Oak Street, Champaign IL, or online at disability.illinois.edu.
    2. The student must have a disability and provide documentation of a disability in accordance with the applicable documentation criteria.
  4. To facilitate timely review of a student’s request for reasonable accommodation, the student or prospective student who is requesting accommodations to access University programs and activities must submit a completed Application for Services to DRES, 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 Application for Services and discuss accommodation needs with DRES personnel at least six weeks before the date on which the student may first require the accommodations.
  5. A student may appeal to the Director of DRES:
    1. an accommodation recommendation by DRES if the student deems such recommendation to be unsatisfactory;
    2. implementation of a DRES accommodation recommendation if the student deems such implementation ineffective. A student may appeal a determination of the DRES Director to the Dean of the College of Applied Health Sciences.
  6. A student may also direct questions or concerns regarding accommodation decisions by DRES or other campus units to the Office for Access & Equity (OAE), which is located at 616 E. Green St., Suite 214, Champaign, IL or by phone at (217) 333-0885.
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