Appropriate accommodations are provided on the basis of the disability, its impact, and the course, program, activity, or facility.
A determination is made through review of the documentation, an interactive process with the student, and an assessment of the essential elements of the program/activity. A student must be “otherwise qualified” and is held to the same standards, requirements, and expectations that exist for all students. Provisional (‘temporary’) accommodations may be provided for 1 semester while additional documentation is sought to better clarify the needs and appropriate accommodations. These provisional accommodations will be based on the available information at the time.
An accommodation is deemed to be unreasonable when it:
- Fundamentally alters an essential element; and/or
- Results in an undue financial or administrative burden.
The intent of accommodations is to provide “equal access” and “equal opportunity” for an individual. As for any student, there is no guarantee for success. Adjustments to policies and procedures may be reasonable accommodations as well, e.g., no pets policy.
SAS also provides assistance and accommodations to students with temporary disabilities.
The University of New Hampshire is committed to providing appropriate accommodations and services to students with disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 including changes made by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. Contact the Affirmative Action and Equity Office, Section 504/ADA Compliance Officer (V. 603-862-2930 TTY 603-862-1527) with questions about compliance or discrimination, or to file a complaint.