The Accommodations Process

Providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations in the classroom is a collaborative process between the student, the UA instructors, and ODS. Accommodations are provided to adjust for the limitations presented by a student’s disability, while maintaining the academic integrity of UA programs of study.

Step 1: Request Accommodations Letters

Students request accommodation letters at the beginning of each semester at 1000 Houser Hall. (Students may expect that it will take 2-3 business days to return and pick up accommodation letters).

Step 2: Deliver Accommodations Letters to Instructors

Students deliver an accommodation letter to each of their instructors, including lab instructors and the MTLC. An instructor has no obligation to provide accommodations until they have received the accommodation letter.

Step 3: Arrange Accommodations with Instructors

Students contact each instructor to arrange accommodations as early in the semester as possible. Arrangements must be made with a minimum of 7 days before the accommodation is needed. Certain accommodations require additional advance notice to ODS.

Step 4: Contact ODS

Students must report any concerns about accommodations to an assigned accommodations specialist or by contacting ods@ua.edu or (205) 348-4285.

ODS determines reasonable academic accommodations for students, based on current academic needs, appropriate documentation and the academic requirements of the individual program of study.

Academic accommodations are provided on a semester-by-semester basis, for students who have provided appropriate documentation to ODS.