Requesting Academic Accommodations

Before you may request academic accommodations, you must first establish eligibility (see Establishing Eligibility).  Once you are eligible, you may request accommodations for your courses at the start of each term.

When to request

You should request accommodations as soon as you have received your course syllabi and considered your needs, preferably before the start of term (ask the instructors for syllabi in advance) or during the first week of classes. Accommodation requests must be submitted no later than the second week of classes, which is the course registration deadline. 

If you find you need accommodations after a course is underway, the Accessibility Services Coordinator will work with you to establish eligibility and make requests. Approved accommodations will take effect only for future assignments and exams and will not apply to any work already completed or past due. Requests for testing accommodations will be honored only if they are approved more than one week prior to the exam date.

Instructor notification

Once your request is approved, the coordinator will send a letter to each of your instructors explaining the accommodations to be provided for that course and the support available in the Center for Academic Success. Your disability is not disclosed in this letter, but you are urged to discuss your learning needs with your instructor so that you may agree upon how the accommodations can be provided in a way that works best for both of you.

Follow up

The Accessibility Services Coordinator may check in with you and the course instructor to see how the accommodations are working. If problems arise, please see the coordinator right away so that issues can be resolved early in the term before they affect your academic progress.

Temporary accommodations

If you are in the process of being tested for a disability, Lawrence may grant you academic accommodations for the current term. You must provide appropriate documentation to be eligible for accommodations in future terms. Refer to Establishing Eligibility for more information.

How to Request Accommodations

  1. Collect syllabi for your courses. Email your instructors for draft syllabi or collect syllabi the first day of classes.
  2. Fill out the online Accommodations Request Form. All requests must come from you (the student).
  3. Schedule an appointment with the Accessibility Services Coordinator by calling 920-832-6530 or emailing accessibility@lawrence.edu.
  4. Bring your course syllabi to the appointment to discuss course requirements and appropriate accommodations.

Students who make similar accommodation requests each term may find that meetings with the coordinator are no longer needed.

If we do not have sufficient documentation on file to support your accommodation request, we may require you to provide that documentation before continuing, even if you have received accommodations in the past. See Establishing Eligibility.

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