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.
 
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.

Description of 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.

Procedures for Requesting Accommodations at the Storrs Campus

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 https://myaccess.apps.sa.uconn.edu/ OR click here:

Your NetID and password are required for registration.

A paper version of the online registration form is available here: CSD Accommodations Request Form.pdf. Mail or fax completed forms to the CSD (mailing address, and fax listed below).

2: You will receive an email confirmation to your UConn email account from CSD-MyAccess once registration is complete. This email includes a link to a Student Self-Report Form. Complete and submit the form electronically by clicking the blue Submit button at the bottom of the page. Use the form to provide us with information regarding your condition and how it affects you.

3: Provide documentation regarding your condition(s) to the CSD, which explains the need for accommodations. Guidelines for documentation are available here: Documentation Guidelines. You should share the Documentation Guidelines with your 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: https://myaccess.apps.sa.uconn.edu/
By E-mail: 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: Contact your Disability Service Professional (DSP) to schedule an appointment. Once you complete the online registration in MyAccess, an email will be sent to you from CSD-MyAccess with the name and contact information of your DSP. 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 draft your accommodation letters and email you and your Teaching Professionals (faculty, teaching assistants, etc.). You can view your completed letters in MyAccess.

You are responsible for notifying your DSP if:

  • You add or drop a course (new accommodation letters will be created for added classes when you notify your DSP of your class schedule change);
  • Your condition or its impact on you changes during the semester;
  • You need to discuss your accommodations or request new accommodations;
  • Your approved accommodations are not coordinated in a timely manner.

Procedures for Requesting Accommodations at a Regional Campus

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

Your NetID and password are required for registration.

A paper version of the online registration form is available here: CSD Accommodations Request Form.pdf. Mail or fax completed forms to the CSD (mailing address, and fax listed below).

2: You will receive an email confirmation to your UConn email account from CSD-MyAccess once registration is complete. This email includes a link to a Student Self-Report Form. Complete and submit the form electronically by clicking the blue Submit button at the bottom of the page. Use the form to provide us with information regarding your condition and how it affects you.

3: Provide documentation regarding your condition(s) to the CSD, which explains the need for accommodations. Guidelines for documentation are available here: Documentation Guidelines. You should share the Documentation Guidelines with your 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: https://myaccess.apps.sa.uconn.edu/
By E-mail: 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: Contact your Regional Campus Coordinator to schedule an appointment. Once you complete the online registration in MyAccess, an email will be sent to you from CSD-MyAccess with the name and contact information of your Regional Campus Coordinator. Call the number listed in the email to schedule an appointment (either in-person or over the phone) with your Regional Campus Coordinator to discuss your request for accommodations.

5: You will receive an email notification from your Regional Campus Coordinator regarding the outcome of your request for accommodations.

6: If approved for accommodations, your Regional Campus Coordinator will communicate these accommodations to the appropriate offices on campus. For academic accommodations, your Coordinator will draft your accommodation letters and email you and your Teaching Professionals (faculty, teaching assistants, etc.). You can view your completed letters in MyAccess.

You are responsible for notifying your Regional Campus Coordinator if:

  • You add or drop a course (new accommodation letters will be created for added classes when you notify your DSP of your class schedule change);
  • Your condition or its impact on you changes during the semester;
  • You need to discuss your accommodations or request new accommodations;
  • Your approved accommodations are not coordinated in a timely manner.

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.

Procedures for Requesting Accommodation Letters for Students with Approved Accommodations at the Storrs Campus

  1. Log into the student MyAccess portal at http://myaccess.csd.uconn.edu OR click here:.
  2. When you arrive at the Welcome page, click on the button labeled ‘My Accommodations and Letters.’
  3. On the ‘Your Accommodations and Letters’ page, click on the ‘Request a letter’ link for any course in which you will need to use your approved accommodations.
  4. Select from the list of your approved accommodations those accommodations that you will need to use in that course. Be thoughtful about the accommodations for each course that you will need. For example, do you need notetaking assistance for a lab? You may include a message for your provider about the accommodation or course.
  5. Click on the ‘Email my DSP’ button when you are finished.
  6. Back at the ‘Your Accommodations and Letters’ page, repeat steps 3-5 to request accommodations for each of your courses in which you will use your accommodations.
  7. Contact your Disability Service Professional (DSP) if you need to discuss your current accommodations or to request new accommodations by calling the CSD at (860) 486-2020 to schedule an appointment or emailing your DSP.

Your Disability Service Professional (DSP) will generate your letters and email a MyAccess link to them to your faculty and TA’s. You will be included on this email to your faculty and TA’s.  The ‘Status’ column will indicate when your letters have been created. You will be able to view your accommodations letters in the ‘Letter’ column when they are complete.

You are responsible for notifying your DSP if:

  • You add or drop a course (new accommodation letters will be created for added classes when you notify your DSP of your class schedule change);
  • Your condition or its impact on you changes during the semester;
  • You need to discuss your accommodations or request new accommodations;
  • Your approved accommodations are not coordinated in a timely manner.