Academic accommodations are reasonable adjustments provided to students with disabilities to assure you are not subject to discrimination on the basis of disability and to facilitate equal access to the academic programs and opportunities at Lawrence.

Accommodations are also available to those who become temporarily disabled, such as an injury or illness.

Accommodations Provide Access

Academic accommodations are intended to provide access and they are no guarantee of success. As a college student, you must carefully manage your time and devote substantial effort to your studies to succeed academically. Accommodations give students with disabilities the opportunity to learn and to demonstrate their learning without undue limitation by factors related to barriers in the academic environment and the disability. 

Accommodations Must Be Reasonable

An academic accommodation is not considered reasonable if it (a) poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others; (b) substantially alters an essential element of a course, curriculum, or program; (c) substantially alters the manner in which a service is provided; or (d) causes an undue financial or administrative hardship to the university.  Reasonable academic accommodations include things like:

  • Modified materials or procedures – such as braille-formatted texts, additional time to complete exams, or a reduced-distraction setting for testing.
  • Auxiliary aids and services – such as CART and ASL interpreting services, Read&Write text-to-speech application, or note-taking services.
  • Environmental adjustments – such as a classroom location or alternative furniture.

All these have the purpose of removing barriers and facilitating equal access to the university’s programs and opportunities. Accommodations do not include non-attendance or non-completion of course requirements, although the ways in which students satisfy course requirements may differ.

Accommodations Are Proactive (Not Retroactive)

Accommodations are proactive, not retroactive. You have the right not to disclose a disability or not to request or use accommodations, but you may not request accommodations for work or courses already completed, even if the quality of your work was affected by the disability. Accommodations are available only after you complete the 3-step eligibility process. It's important to establish eligibility early and to request accommodations at the start of the term.

Accommodations Are for Lawrence Only

Academic accommodations are available to enrolled students at Lawrence and do not extend to standardized tests, graduate or professional school, or work environments. Though all may offer accommodations, each has its own requirements and procedures. If you apply for testing accommodations for the GRELSAT, or MCAT, you may not qualify for the same testing accommodations you receive at Lawrence. Check the websites of the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and other testing agencies well in advance to see what is required.