Student Disability Services staff is available to provide consultations. We encourage all faculty, staff and students to contact us should questions or concerns arise.

Rights and Responsibilities

Certain rights to accommodations are ensured to students by the University of Iowa, while also holding both students and staff responsible for upholding these rights.

Common Accommodation Descriptions

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, instructors must provide reasonable academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities.

Exam Services Test Proctoring

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.

Arranging for Accommodations

At the beginning of the semester (preferably the first day), instructors should announce to each of his or her classes the procedures for arranging academic accommodations. This information should also be included on the course syllabus. 

Letter of Accommodations

The letter is a document generated by SDS that ensures a student has a documented disability and has been deemed eligible for specific academic accommodations. The information on the letter is confidential and should be treated as such.

Please do not provide accommodations to students without this letter. 

Suspicion of a Disability

If you suspect a student may have a disability or if a student expresses concern that he or she may a disability, please encourage them to contact SDS for more information. SDS works with several campus units regarding referrals for evaluations. Students may obtain registration and documentation guidelines from SDS.  

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact SDS. Thank you for your assistance with this process!