The Accommodation Process

A student or applicant with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation by completing a Request for Accommodations form and submitting it to ESDS.  The accommodations form must be submitted with current documentation qualifying the disability from an appropriate health care provider.  If an accommodation cannot be made, ESDS will discuss with the student requesting the accommodation.

While a student’s request for accommodation is always considered, ESDS engages in an interactive process to devise a plan that is acceptable to the University, the School, and the Student. Determination of whether an accommodation is reasonable is made by ESDS in consultation with School Liaison and other appropriate campus personnel.  In keeping with the provisions of the ADA, an accommodation will not be approved

  1. That is incompatible with the technical standards for admission to, and completion of the program,
  2. That alters the fundamental nature of the academic program,
  3. That would result in a risk to the health or safety of the student or another individual, or
  4. That would result in undue hardship to the university. 

A decision that an accommodation would result in undue hardship due to its cost must be approved by the Vice President of Student and Academic Affairs.  Proposed accommodations will also incorporate any school specific practices for handling of disabilities; UM may offer alternative accommodations that differ from those suggested by the student.