Request Accommodations

People with Disabilities, UConn Policy Statement:

The University of Connecticut is committed to achieving equal educational and employment opportunity and full participation for persons with disabilities.  It is the University’s policy that no qualified person be excluded from consideration for employment, participation in any University program or activity, be denied the benefits of any University program or activity, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination with regard to any University program or activity.  This policy derives from the University’s commitment to nondiscrimination for all persons in employment, academic programs, and access to facilities, programs, activities, and services.

A person with a disability must be ensured the same access to programs, opportunities, and activities at the University as all others.  Existing barriers, whether physical, programmatic, or attitudinal must be removed.  Further, there must be ongoing vigilance to ensure that new barriers are not erected.

The University’s efforts to accommodate people with disabilities must be measured against the goal of full participation and integration.  Services and programs to promote these benefits for people with disabilities shall complement and support, but not duplicate, the University’s regular services and programs.

Achieving full participation and integration of people with disabilities requires the cooperative efforts of all of the University’s departments, offices, and personnel.  To this end, the University will continue to strive to achieve excellence in its services and to assure that its services are delivered equitably and efficiently to all of its members.

Overview:

 The Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) is vested by the University with the authority to engage in an interactive process with each student and determine appropriate accommodations on an individualized, case-by-case, class-by-class basis. This practice is in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as amended (2008), which provides that no qualified person will be denied access to, participation in, or the benefits of, any program or activity operated by the University because of a disability.

What are Accommodations:

Accommodations are academic adjustments, modifications and/or auxiliary aids and services made to elements of a student’s postsecondary program that help to compensate for the student’s impairment(s) and provide equal access to students with disabilities. Here are the basics:

  • Any student with a documented disability may be eligible to receive reasonable and appropriate accommodations;
  • In order to be granted accommodations, students must contact the CSD and provide documentation which describes the condition or conditions and identifies necessary accommodations;
  • The purpose of academic adjustments, auxiliary aids and services, and/or modifications, known collectively as accommodations, is to reduce or eliminate any disadvantages that may exist because of an individual’s disability;
  • Faculty, instructors, lecturers, adjunct faculty, teaching assistants and graduate assistants (Teaching Professionals) may not refuse to provide accommodations approved by the CSD;
  • Accommodations cannot guarantee success, but rather seek to promote non-discrimination and equal access opportunities;
  • Accommodations are not merely student preferences; rather they are determined through an established interactive process between the student and the CSD based upon documentation received regarding the functional limitations resulting from a student’s disability;
  • The law does not require that higher education institutions waive specific courses or other academic requirements considered essential to completion of a particular program or degree. Rather, institutions are required to consider requests to modify program requirements on a case-by-case basis, to provide a student with a disability an equal opportunity to complete that program or degree.

How to Request Accommodations:

The Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) engages in an interactive process with each student and reviews requests for accommodations on an individualized, case-by-case basis. Depending on the nature and functional limitations of a student’s documented disability, he/she may be eligible for reasonable and appropriate accommodations. To request accommodations, please refer to the following procedure:

  1. Register online with the CSD by logging into the student MyAccess portal at http://myaccess.csd.uconn.edu OR click here:

    A paper version of the online registration forms is available here: CSD Accommodations Request Form.
    Completed forms should be mailed, faxed or delivered to the CSD (office location, address, and fax listed below).
  2. You will receive an email confirmation from CSD-MyAccess once registration is complete. This email includes a link to a Student Self-Report Form, which you are encouraged to complete and submit electronically by clicking the blue Submit button at the bottom of the page.
  3. Provide documentation regarding the condition(s) to the CSD, which establishes the need for accommodations. Guidelines for documentation are available here.
    • You are encouraged to share the documentation guidelines with your appropriate treatment provider who can best describe the nature of the condition(s) and how it affects you.
    • Documentation may be submitted confidentially by any of the following methods:
      Upload through MyAccess: http://myaccess.csd.uconn.edu
      By Email: myaccess-csd@uconn.edu
      By Fax: (860) 486-4412
      In person: Wilbur Cross Building, Room 204
      By Mail: Timothy Smagacz
      Center for Students with Disabilities
      University of Connecticut
      233 Glenbrook Rd., Unit 4174
      Storrs, CT 06269-4174
  4. Once the online registration process is complete, you will be assigned to a Disability Service Provider (DSP). Your DSP will work with you for the duration of your program at UConn regarding accommodation requests. Once assigned to a DSP, you will receive an email from CSD-MyAccess with your DSP’s name and contact information. Call the CSD at (860) 486-2020 to schedule an appointment (either in-person or over the phone) with your DSP to discuss your request for accommodations.
  5. You will receive an email notification from your DSP regarding the outcome of your request for accommodations.
  6. If approved for accommodations, your DSP will communicate these accommodations to the appropriate offices on campus. For academic accommodations, your DSP will create your accommodation letters and email your Teaching Professionals (faculty, teaching assistants, etc.). You will be copied on the emails to your Teaching Professionals and can view your completed letters in MyAccess.

Contact your DSP if you need to discuss your current accommodations or to request new accommodations. You are responsible for notifying your DSP if suitable arrangements for accommodations are not made in a timely manner, or if other difficulties occur during the semester.

  1. Log into the student MyAccess portal at http://myaccess.csd.uconn.edu with your NetID and password (it is recommended you request your accommodation letters within the first two weeks of classes each semester).
  2. Select Your Accommodations and Letters to display your list of classes.
  3. Click Request a letter from your list of classes.
  4. Check the boxes for the accommodations you need for the specific class, add a note for your DSP (optional), and click Email my DSP.
  5. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 for each class.

Your Disability Service Provider, also known as your DSP, will create your accommodation letters and email your Teaching Professionals (faculty, teaching assistants, etc.). You will be copied on the emails to your Teaching Professionals and can view your completed letters in MyAccess. Contact your DSP if you need to discuss your current accommodations or to request new accommodations. You are responsible for notifying your DSP if suitable arrangements for accommodations are not made in a timely manner, or if other difficulties occur during the semester.


If you have any questions regarding the registration process or technical issues while registering through MyAccess, please contact Timothy Smagacz at myaccess-csd@uconn.edu or (860) 486-2020.