CETL—Disability Support

UR Student with a Disability

A student identified as having a disability is encouraged to meet with you within the first few weeks of the semester to discuss his/her academic needs. If the student has documentation on file and wishes to utilize services, he/she is required to initiate an accommodation letter prepared with a CETL coordinator to send to his/her instructors. If a student identifies as having a disability, but you have not received this letter, it is appropriate to ask the student for this record to substantiate the student's needs.

The decision to grant disability classroom accommodations is not taken lightly, and occurs only after a careful consideration of a wide variety of factors, including the nature of the disability and its effect on the student, the documentation provided, evidence of past accommodations that the student has received, and other relevant facts. Such accommodations are intended to mitigate the impact of the disability, and enable the student to participate on an equal footing with their non-disabled peer. Program requirements deemed an essential element to the program of study are not altered; instead, specific accommodations are put in place to allow the student with a disability to access academic material and to demonstrate their knowledge.

Students enrolled in the College are required to meet specific guidelines to verify eligibility for disability accommodations. CETL follows the applicable federal and state laws and utilizes nationally recognized best practices when evaluating requests for accommodations. 

Any communication regarding the student's accommodation or specific disability is confidential. Please use discretion in your personal interactions with students and staff, as well as in any communications regarding your student's disability details. Take care to protect any print or electronic disability-related records in your possession.

The University's commitment and responsibility to our student's equal opportunity and fair treatment can be found at www.rochester.edu/eoc, and includes guidelines for university instructors prepared by Morgan Levy, Director of Equal Opportunity Compliance and Title IX Coordinator.