Diversity

Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Student Disability Accommodation Policy

The University of Rochester is committed to providing equal educational and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities, in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1991 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. To ensure equality of access for students with disabilities, the University provides reasonable accommodations, including auxiliary aids and modifications to courses, programs, services, activities or facilities. Exceptions will be made in those situations where the accommodation would fundamentally alter the nature of the program, cause undue hardship on the school, or jeopardize the health or safety of others. Accommodations must specifically address the functional limitations of the disability.

Students with disabilities are an essential part of our community. They bring a broad spectrum of talents and achievements to our community. In recognition of these contributions, the Diversity at the University website provides access to a network of disability resource offices and services with responsibility for ensuring the provision of a system and a culture that encourages opportunity and achievement for students with disabilities.

The University has identified Local Disability Resource Coordinators in all the schools who will be responsible for making arrangements for reasonable accommodations. This decentralized system is coordinated from a central resource, the Office of the University Disabilities Resource Coordinator (UDRC). In addition to chairing the University Disability Resources Advisory Committee, the UDRC coordinates the activities of the Eligibility Assessment Team. The Eligibility Assessment Team is convened by the UDRC on an as-needed basis and at the request of schools. The Eligibility Assessment Team: 1) reviews documentation of the existence of a disability to determine eligibility for accommodations under state and federal law; 2) advises schools about reasonable accommodations; and 3) assists Local Disability Resource Coordinators and members of their schools to more thoroughly understand how to accommodate a student's disability. Members of the Eligibility Assessment Team generally include the UDRC and a core group of specialists in the fields of medicine, psychology, and education. The UDRC may appoint other representatives to the Eligibility Assessment Team on a case-by-case basis.

Get more information about University procedures for students with disabilities seeking accommodations, including:

  • How to make a request for accommodation and how it will be processed

  • Self-identification procedures

  • Documentation requirements

  • Confidentiality protections

  • How to seek further consideration if you are dissatisfied with a decision