Applying for Accommodations

Step One

Complete the SDS Application (PDF) and submit to our office in 3015 Burge Hall.

Step Two

Provide us with documentation from your health care provider. SDS will review your documentation and contact you regarding your eligibility status. In order for us to review your documentation, you must be a current University of Iowa student, or a prospective student who has accepted an offer of admission by paying the acceptance fee. Some disability categories require testing that is recent. See Documentation Guidelines for more info.

The director reviews the recommendations in the professional report submitted on the student’s behalf and determines eligibility for services. Please allow two weeks from the time all materials have been received for this review to be completed, and four weeks for accommodations related to final exams. 

Step Three

Once your eligibility status has been confirmed you will be assigned an Accommodations Coordinator in our office and invited to schedule an intake appointment to discuss our services. During the intake appointment your approved accommodations will be outlined and letters requesting these accommodations for specific classes can be completed by you and your Accommodations Coordinator.

Step Four

Each semester you will need to contact SDS to request your Letter of Accommodations (LOA). You will take this letter to the instructor for each class for which you will use accommodations and work with the instructor to determine how the accommodation will be provided.

Step Five

Contact your Accommodations Coordinator if you are having difficulty receiving an academic accommodation.

Accommodation Decision Review Process

To appeal a decision regarding an accommodation you are seeking, please feel free to contact the SDS Director, Mark Harris, at 319-335-1462. If you remain unsatisfied with the response please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity at 319-335-0705 (voice) or 319-335-0697 (TTY).

Accommodation implementation grievance process

If you believe that an accommodation approved by SDS is not being implemented fairly please consult first with your Accommodations Coordinator so we may intervene on your behalf. If this does not resolve the situation you may file a grievance with the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity at 319-335-0705 (voice) or 319-335-0697 (TTY).

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