Common Accommodation Descriptions

Students and instructors are encouraged to review the list of common accommodation descriptions. SDS is dedicated to helping students find and implement reasonable academic accommodations. The accommodation process involves input from both the student and the instructor. To determine appropriate accommodations SDS engages in an individualized inquiry that balances the needs of the student and the academic objectives of the course or program. Please let SDS know if you have questions or need clarification.

Exam Services Guidelines

Instructors should provide testing accommodations for students whose testing accommodations are solely 50% extended time and/or reduced distraction seating. Instructors have the option of using SDS Exam Services to provide testing accommodations if other accommodations are required and approved by SDS.

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services

Academic accommodations are available for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Deaf/HOH) students. 

Please note: Interpreting requests for other events need to be made by the sponsoring department on campus. SDS can be utilized as a resource for referral information.

Media Services Guidelines

Media Services helps students gain access to printed classroom materials (including textbooks, syllabi, and handouts) in alternative formats.

Notetaking Accommodation Guidelines

The University of Iowa uses a volunteer notetaking system to provide copies of class notes to eligible students with disabilities. Instructors are the primary recruiters of volunteer notetakers. 



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