Request Process 

Appalachian State University is committed to accommodate otherwise qualified students with disabilities by making a reasonable modifications in its services, programs, or activities. 

In order to determine eligibility and establish that an individual is covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the following is generally needed:

  1. Request and documentation: Student must complete a Student Accommodation Request and submit documentation meeting guidelines along with any historical use of accommodations, if applicable.  Service Animal or physical access requests may contact ODR for a meeting upon completion of the request for accommodations without submitting documentation. For accommodations within University Housing (including service animals or emotional support animals) additional requirements are outlined at Assistance Animals within University Housing.

  2. Interactive Process: ODR will engage in the interactive process which includes reviewing the request for accommodations, information shared by the student and sufficient documentation to make an eligibility determination.

  3. Implementation: For most academic accommodations, a meeting with ODR is required to create an Accommodation Plan and discuss relevant university resources to best support a student’s journey. For non-academic accommodations which must be applied for annually  (i.e., housing, campus dining, etc.) a meeting may not be required. 

Students are encouraged to begin the requesting accommodation process as early as possible to ensure the timely provision of accommodations.Accommodations are generally not retroactive and take time to implement depending on complexity.

Once both the request for accommodations 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, students should complete the requesting accommodation process a minimum of 4 weeks prior to the last day of classes.

Temporary and Pregnancy Related Conditions

Information on supports for those navigating temporary injuries or pregnancy related conditions.


Appalachian State University is committed to providing an institutional environment free from discriminiation and harassment to the Appalachian community, including students, faculty, staff and others who participate in University Programs, activities, or conduct business on behalf of the University.