Student Rights 

  • Equal access to academic courses offered by the University of Iowa. 
  • The right to receive reasonable accommodations in a timely manner.  
  • The right to confidentiality regarding disability specific information.  
  • The same rights and privileges available to other students at The University of Iowa. 
  • The right to utilize informal and/or formal grievance procedure for students with disabilities if you are not afforded one or more of the above rights. 
  • The right to appeal decisions related to your accommodation determinations. 
  • The right to request changes or additions to your accommodations. 
  • The right to select which of your approved accommodations you would like to use in each class.  
  • The right to have your approved accommodations provided to you free of charge.  
  • The right to have Information available in accessible formats, including accessible instructional materials as per IT Accessibility Policy. 
  • The right to be free from discrimination and/or retaliation.

Student Responsibilities 

  • Accurately portray your approved accommodations to instructors.
  • Register with Student Disability Services (SDS) as an individual with a disability and complete your intake if you have not already done so by following the process which can be found at: How to Apply for Accommodations. 
  • Generate your Letter(s) of Accommodation (LOA) for each class which you’d like to use accommodations at the beginning of the semester or as soon as you are able. 
  • Follow your instructor’s direction about how to communicate with them regarding your LOA. 
  • Meet with your instructors at the beginning of a semester, or as soon as you receive your letters if it is later in the semester.   
  • Review your LOA with them and discuss implementation of your accommodations in their class.   
  • Understand that academic accommodations are not retroactive.  
  • Meet the University’s qualifications and essential technical, academic, and institutional standards. 
  • Assuming any costs associated with obtaining testing, reports, examinations etc. associated with documenting your disability. 
  • If problems or concerns regarding your accommodations arise, talk about it with your instructor, notify your Accommodations Coordinator, or have your instructor contact SDS with any questions or concerns.