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Disability Resources

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) offers a variety of disability services for undergraduates and graduate students in Arts, Sciences & Engineering. These services aim to provide an inclusive experience and equal access to academic content and program requirements. Our approach relies on collaboration among students, CETL staff, and instructors. CETL also provides transition support and self-advocacy skill development.

Quick Links Forms General Resources
Test Accommodation System (Open with Adobe Reader) Resources For UR Students
Note Taking System Letter to Faculty Form Resources For UR Faculty
UR Box Student Information Form Housing & Dining Accommodations
Accessible Textbook Request Campus Accessibility Map Prospective Students & Families

Deciding to Disclose

Choosing to disclose the existence of a disability is a topic some students may wish to discuss informally with an access coordinator. The access coordinator will treat such conversations confidentially to the maximum extent possible. A student will not be considered to have self-identified a disability until the student has specifically expressed a desire to do so either through individual interview or submitting the Student Information Form. Students are encouraged to meet with an access coordinator early in the semester to become acquainted and talk about classroom accommodations. However, we welcome requests to discuss accommodations at any time. To schedule an appointment, visit our office in Dewey Hall, Room 1-154 or email with the Student Information Form and professionally prepared documentation, and our staff will arrange a meeting with the appropriate access coordinator.

Access Coordinators: Pamela Spallacci, Elizabeth Carpenter, Amy Clark

Supporting Documentation

Upon disclosing the existence of a disability, students will be asked to forward supporting documentation to the local access coordinator. Supporting documentation must be provided by a qualified professional who is licensed or otherwise properly credentialed in the domain for which he/she is diagnosing. Documentation completed by family members, regardless of qualifications, will not be accepted. Detailed university-wide guidelines for documenting a disability, procedures, and policies are found at:

Please submit documentation of a disability to:

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
University of Rochester
1-154 Dewey Hall
P.O. Box 270359
Rochester, NY 14627-0359

Fax: (585) 273-1116                   E-mail:

Arrangements for Accommodations

Our access coordinators will consider 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. If accommodations are to be provided, students should meet with the access coordinator to review the information included in their personal accommodation letter which lists the student’s in-class accommodations. 

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning offers a variety of services for undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities in Arts, Sciences and Engineering. These services may include, but are not limited to:

CETL has designed online systems for submitting extended-time test accommodations and note-taking requests, as these are used most frequently by students with disabilities. Other classroom accommodations are set up through individual consultation with the student's assigned coordinator. Students must notify instructors of accommodation needs by submitting the Letter to Faculty Form each semester, and are encouraged to make requests for accommodations well in advance.

Guidance on the process and forms necessary to request non-academic accommodations (Housing and Dining, Parking and Transportation) can be found here:

Accessibility is an important issue to us. Buildings must be accessible to persons with physical disabilities. Websites and course materials must be accessible to students with hearing or visual impairments. If you encounter a situation where we can provide help or suggest improvements, please contact us.


Supporting documentation regarding the existence and the nature of a student's disability is generally considered private. Accordingly, without written consent from the student and except as stipulated below, information contained in the disability file is kept confidential to the maximum extent possible. Disability-related information will also be kept separate from the student's academic record. Access to a student's disability file is limited to the local access coordinator, the University disability resource coordinator, and other University officials who require access to the information to perform their professional responsibilities, or who need access to protect the health or safety of the student or others.

Resolving a Dispute About Academic Accommodations

The University provides both informal and formal processes to appeal accommodation decisions. Students are encouraged to first pursue an informal resolution with their access coordinator. However, the informal process need not be pursued prior to filing a formal grievance. Information pertaining to the Request for Review grievance procedure is found at:

You may also contact:

Vicki Roth
Executive Director & Assistant Dean
Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning
Office Location: 1-154 Dewey Hall, River Campus
Office Phone: (585) 275-9049


Lynnett Van Slyke
Disability Compliance Director
Office Location: 36 Wallis Hall
Office Phone: (585) 275-9125