Accommodations may vary according to the specific requirements of a course or activity. Please make your request before the start of the semester.
Students are encouraged to request accommodations as soon as they know their class schedule for the upcoming term. Accommodations may take several weeks to implement.
- Students and prospective students with physical, mental or learning disabilities should contact the Coordinator of Student Services at their local University College Center to discuss their academic needs, and the accommodation process.
- Each student must provide current documentation of their disability and accommodation needs from a qualified medical or licensed professional evaluator if the disability is not readily apparent. This documentation should describe the nature, longevity, and severity of symptoms, as well as the impact which the disability has on the learning process. The documentation will be sent to the office which handles services for students with disabilities on the University of Maine System campus in whose degree program you are enrolled. All documentation is considered confidential.
- Working with the Coordinator of Student Services, the student should complete a Student Accommodation Request form. This request will be sent to the office which handles services for students with disabilities at each campus offering the course(s) you will be taking. Academic accommodations are primarily the responsibility of the campus from which a course originates.
- On the basis of the documentation, appropriate accommodations are determined by the campus-based disability services staff, in consultation with the student?s health care provider and faculty if needed.
- When accommodations are deemed appropriate for a specific course or activity, an Accommodation Authorization form will be completed by the campus-based disability services staff. A copy of the form is sent to the student, the student?s professor(s), other University personnel who need to be involved in implementation, and the local Coordinator of Student Services.
- After approval by the campus-based disability services staff, some types of accommodations, such as modifications for taking exams, require ongoing discussion between student and professor to arrange specific details. Plan ahead, and be sure everyone involved knows the plan.
- If a student does not agree with the accommodations deemed appropriate by the campus-based disability services staff, the student may appeal to the Equal Opportunity Office.
- Any problems with a student?s accommodations which occur during the semester should be discussed with the local Coordinator of Student Services.