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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are some examples of common accommodations?

Examples of possible testing accommodations: Extended time, distraction reduced environment, and computer use.

Examples of possible classroom accommodations: Sonocent notetaker software, preferential seating, texts in alternate format.  

Examples of other types of accommodations: Housing accommodations, emotional support animal, and course substitutions. 


2. Can I receive accommodations if I have a temporary injury or illness?

Temporary impairments are not listed as disabilities under the ADA; however, every attempt is made by ODS to provide support and assistance to students who experience a temporary impairment.


3. Are accommodations retroactive?

No. Accommodations begin only when you have provided your instructors with your Course Accommodation Record from the ODS and have had a conversation about how accommodations may work in your specific classes. Instructors must be given reasonable time to arrange for the accommodations requested.


4. What if my accommodations don't work for me or I run into other issues?

Please contact ODS as soon as possible so that we can try to help you resolve ineffective accommodation issues. If you feel that you've been discriminated against because of your disability, we encourage you to visit our web page on Grievance Procedures. 


5. Will my disability information be kept confidential?
The ODS complies with the Family Education Right to Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Student education records remain confidential between the student and the ODS, although FERPA contains an exception for conditions when University officials with legitimate educational interest may access student education records without the student’s consent.