After meeting with your assigned Accessibility Coordinator, a student must request to use the specific accommodations each semester. Since it may take time to coordinate the request, requests must be made with advance notice.
The following is the procedure for requesting accommodations from faculty:
Below are policies and procedures that apply to specific accommodations, such as Exam Scheduling, to assist you in accessing the accommodations you need.
Exams may be scheduled through SAS if faculty are unable to provide the requested accommodations. Once your professor has told you they are unable to make the arrangements, it is your responsibility to complete the Exam Scheduling Form and return it to SAS at least one full week prior to the date of the exam in order to guarantee accommodations can be made.
Staff members of SAS who schedule or administer exams have the responsibility to do so in a secure manner according to the instructions of the faculty member. Students who take exams through SAS are responsible for following these instructions at all times:
Print materials such as textbooks and handouts from instructors are provided in a variety of alternate formats depending upon the needs and preferences of the student and available technology. Requests for Alternative Format are made online.
Students are responsible for purchasing or obtaining their own course materials and supplying SAS with the materials.
Requests for material in an alternate format will be filled as soon as possible based upon the current demand for alternate formats. Requests will be prioritized according to the following factors:
Requests made first will be addressed first.
During times of high demand, SAS will produce the portion of the material needed first and complete the remainder of the material as the number of requests decrease.
Materials may be provided in a number of formats and will be provided in the preferred format selected by the student for use with technology purchased by the student or provided by SAS. Available formats include:
Students approved for the accommodation of peer notetakers will need to complete a separate request for each class for which notes are requested.
Notes will be provided from the date of the request forward however; It may take up to two weeks for a note taker to be located. In the event that a note taker cannot be identified for a class, your Accessibility Coordinator will contact you to identify additional options for providing access to class notes. Any requests received after the sixth week of the semester will need to be discussed with the student’s assigned Accessibility Coordinator.
Any student who has concerns regarding the quality of notes or is not receiving notes from the note taker should contact their Accessibility Coordinator so that the concern may be resolved. In the event that a student no longer requires the note taker or drops the course, the student should notify their Accessibility Coordinator so that the note taker can be cancelled.
Ohio University offers a variety of Adaptive Equipment depending upon a student's needs and limitations. SAS may obtain and lend equipment, such as FM Transmitters, for use in the classroom. The student must assume financial responsibility for equipment that is lost or damaged and should return equipment to SAS at the agreed upon time. Most equipment is lent on a semester basis so that SAS staff may check the condition and perform any needed maintenance in a timely manner.
SAS does not provide equipment that is required for personal use outside the classroom.
A student requiring the services of an interpreter and/or captioner must provide their Accessibility Coordinator with a copy of their class schedule as soon as it is available. The Accessibility Coordinator will make arrangements for these services to be available to the student during the upcoming semester.
The following are expectations for use of Interpreters/Captioners:
SAS may recommend audio recording lectures as an academic accommodation for a student. This accommodation is subject to the following requirements:
It is the policy of Ohio University to provide full access to educational programs and services for students with disabilities. Students with disabilities are expected to fully meet the requirements of their program or school. A review committee in the student's college makes decisions regarding requests for course substitutions. All petitions are considered on an individual basis.
The review committee examines how the student's disability may be a barrier to fulfillment of the course(s) in question, considers the feasibility of available alternatives and determines whether a course substitution is possible without lowering academic standards or requiring a substantial program alteration. The college is not required to substitute courses considered fundamental to the academic program.
Students requesting course substitutions must follow the procedures outlined below:
The review committee considers the request and informs the student of the decision within 30 days.
Please note: Course substitutions provided for a student in high school are not a guarantee of the same or similar substitution at Ohio University.