Understand the processes for appealing accommodation decisions based on disability.

Appeal Process if Denied an Approved Accommodation in the Classroom

Students with disabilities are responsible for contacting Accessibility Services immediately if they believe approved accommodations are not implemented in an effective or timely manner. 

If students believe approved accommodations to which they are entitled are not being provided in the classroom, they should contact the Accessibility Services Specialist to discuss the situation and next steps. Approved accommodations will be in place while meeting with all parties and responding to concerns.

In keeping with the interactive process, the majority of concerns regarding accommodations will be handled in the following manner: Accessibility Services will meet individually with the student and faculty, staff, or program to resolve issues in a timely and integrative way.

Follow up on approved accommodation appeals will be completed in a reasonably prompt timeframe to ensure appropriate time to meet with all parties and respond to concerns. The goal is to ensure that equal access is being provided in courses and programs.

Appeal Process for Accommodation Decisions Made by Accessibility Services

Students who want to appeal a disability accommodation decision by Accessibility Services should follow the steps described below:

  1. Students may submit a request for reconsideration to the Center for Academic Success (Mudd Library Second Floor/Email the CAS) within 14 calendar days of receiving an accommodation decision from the Accessibility Services Specialist. The request shall be in writing (letter format and/or email) and include a brief statement of the grounds for appeal.
  2. The grounds for appeal will be:
    1. There was a substantial failure by the Accessibility Services Specialist to comply with procedures so as to deny a fair review of the request, or
    2. The decision of the Accessibility Services Specialist was not supported by the evidence.
  3. The appeal review will be based on the information and materials in the case file, the student’s written request for reconsideration of the accommodation decision, and the review committee’s findings and recommendations.
  4. The Dean of Academic Success, along with a designated committee of at least two other members (drawn from a group comprised of the Provost, the Dean of the Conservatory, the VP for Student Life, the Dean of Students, the VP for Finance and Administration, or their respective designees), may affirm, modify, or reverse the decision of the Accessibility Services Specialist. The decision of the committee shall be final and not subject to further review.

While it is hoped students can resolve a concern within the campus processes, they have the right to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at any time. The Statute of Limitations for filing a complaint with OCR is 180 days from the time of the incident.

Find directions on how to file a complaint with the OCR.

Questions?

Connect with the Accessibility Services Specialist at accessibility@lawrence.edu or stop by Room 233 in the CAS, located on the second floor of Mudd Library.