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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 Americans with Disabilities Act (as amended 2008), 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.

Contact DSS for more information (603.862.2607, 800.735.2964 Relay NH; 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

Exam Proctoring Update:  

DSS is only able to provide limited space for those students whose exam accommodation requires the use of Assistive Technology. Instructors are expected to provide exam accommodations for students registered with the DSS Office as specified in the student's accommodation letter. Meeting with the student is necessary to discuss how those accommodations will be implemented. INSTRUCTORS, please check with your Department or College regarding any support or process. As extenuating circumstances may arise, please contact DSS at 603.862.2607 or via email at disability.office@unh.edu

Notetaker Update: 

In an effort to better communicate the Notetaker opportunity to students, DSS has changed the Notetaker process. If a student in your class is eligible for the services of a Notetaker, and requests one for your class, DSS will send an informational email directly to all students enrolled in that course to notify them of the Notetaker opportunity. Previously, it was up to the student to initiate contact with faculty to request an announcement be made to the class and flyers be distributed. Faculty will still be notified via email that the request has been made, but an announcement is no longer required. The purpose of this new approach is to relieve students and faculty from having to recruit a Notetaker and to better inform students of the opportunity so more Notetaker positions are filled.