Requesting Accommodations

Requesting Accommodations

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, Appalachian State University has designated the Office of Disability Resources (ODR) as the only authorized office to receive documentation and determine eligibility for reasonable accommodations on the basis of disability. ODR engages in an interactive process and considers each individual’s condition, history, request and the essential elements of Appalachian State University programs, services and activities to determine eligibility.

Accommodations (academic adjustments, auxiliary aids and reasonable modifications) are determined individually and are intended to minimize the effects of the impact of specific limitations caused by a disability in order for a qualified individual to have equal opportunities for participation.

 

Student Procedure

Appalachian State University is committed to accommodate otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities by making a reasonable modifications in its services, programs, or activities. Students accepted to the University who need accommodations due to a disability must complete the requesting accommodations process. 

Individuals are encouraged to begin this process as early as possible to ensure the timely provision of accommodations. Once both disclosure form and appropriate documentation is received every effort will be made to determine eligibility and provide related accommodations within 15 business days of submission.  

To ensure accommodations can be utilized within the current semester, individuals should complete the requesting accommodation process a minimum of 4 weeks prior to the last day of classes.


Employee (EHRA, SHRA, Faculty) Procedure

Appalachian State University is committed to adhering to providing qualified employees with disabilities an equal opportunity to benefit from the full range of employment-related opportunities available to employees. 

Employees who need reasonable workplace accommodations due to a disability in order to complete the essential functions of their job or have access to the University's programs and activities must request accommodations to the ODR.  

Individuals are encouraged to begin this process as early as possible to ensure the timely provision of accommodations . Once both disclosure form and appropriate documentation is received every effort will be made to determine eligibility and provide related accommodations within 15 business days of submission.  

To ensure accommodations can be utilized within the current semester, individuals should complete the requesting accommodation process a minimum of 4 weeks prior to the last day of classes.

Visitor Procedure

Appalachian State University welcomes guests, visitors and alumni with disabilities to participate and attend campus programs and events. Individuals are encouraged to review information related to accessibility at App State and to contact ODR with questions or  request for reasonable accommodations .

Reasonable accommodations are distinguished from services of a personal nature (such as provision of wheelchairs, personal care assistance, etc.) which the university does not provide.

A minimum of ten business days notice is recommended for any accommodation request.

Requests for sign language interpreters or real-time captioning should be made at least two weeks in advance using the Sign Language Interpreter/Remote Live Captioning Request Form

Navigating a Temporary Impairment/Injury

Individuals are recommended to first meet and discuss with appropriate personnel (instructor, supervisor) the impact, duration and functional limitations of the temporary impairment within the classroom, residence hall and/or work environment before meeting with ODR. The Dean of Students Office' Case Management may send Class Absence Notification regarding absences related to hospitalization or treatment of the impairment/injury.  Many arrangements can be made between the appropriate personnel (instructor, supervisor) and individual without the use of ODR for conditions of 4 weeks or less.

Grievance/Appeals

Individuals who have grievances related to the eligibility, the provision of accommodation or disability discrimination should follow established appeal and grievance procedures.