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Disability Services for Students (DSS) is charged with collecting appropriate disability-related documentation and identifying academic accommodations for eligible students with disabilities. Collaboration with faculty is often necessary, and important, in discussing what may be reasonable in a particular situation.

syllabus statement:

"According to the ADAA, each student with a disability is responsible for notifying the University of his/her disability and requesting accommodations. If you think you have a qualified disability and need classroom accommodations, contact Disability Services for Students (DSS) (201 Smith Hall). Please advise the instructor of your disability as soon as possible to ensure timely implementation of appropriate accommodations. Faculty have an obligation to respond when they receive official notice of a disability from DSS but are under no obligation to provide retroactive accommodations.

It is our intent to meet reasonable needs related to exams, notes, and absences for any student, and they will be addressed without formal documentation of disability.

Contact DSS for more information (603.862.2607, disability.services@unh.edu).

Students with disabilities are expected to meet the same standards, requirements, and expectations of the course. Accommodations allow for “equal access” and “equal opportunity”, and may be considered unreasonable if they:

  1. Fundamentally alter an essential element of the program; and/or
  2. Result in an undue administrative or financial burden.

Otherwise, accommodations are based on a standard of “reasonableness” – what a reasonable person would reasonably expect to be reasonable (legal comment).

While implementation of accommodations may vary, it is illegal to deny identified and reasonable accommodations


Important Message to All Faculty 

The University has given the DSS department the following message to relay to all instructors from every department:

“As a reminder, if you have students registered with the DSS office with testing accommodations such as; Extended Test Time (ET), Distraction Reduced Environment (DRE), Computer (WORD), Scribe, Reader, etc. you will need to work with your department to make any necessary alternate arrangements.  DSS is ONLY able to provide limited space for those students requiring Assistive Technology. Instructors must provide accommodations to students who are registered with the DSS office, who have requested accommodation letters, and developed a working agreement on how those accommodations well be met.”