How to Receive Accommodations

  • Students are personally responsible for applying in a timely manner to the UIS ODS regarding their need for accommodations upon admission to UIS.
  • A Disability Specialist will interview the student to determine accommodations specific to both the student’s needs and based on the appropriate documentation.
  • Students must hand deliver their accommodation letters to their respective instructors during the instructor’s office hours. It is recommended that accommodation letters not be delivered in class.
  • After the professor and student have agreed upon the academic accommodations requested and have signed the letter of accommodation; the student is responsible to return a copy of all the academic accommodation letters to the ODS disability specialist.   The student will not receive academic accommodations until we have the accommodation letters signed by the professor and student.  The letter is the agreed upon academic accommodations that the professor will provide the student in that particular class.  If there is disagreement regarding the requested academic accommodations, the student may contact the ODS disability specialist and a meeting will be scheduled, if necessary, with the professor, student and the ODS director and disability specialist.
  • Planning and implementation of accommodations by the instructor may take time; therefore, letters approving accommodations should be delivered as soon as possible. Professors have up to two weeks to comply with a request for accommodations.
  • Problems with receiving accommodations should first be communicated to the professor by the student. If not resolved, the student should contact their Disability Specialist.
  • If a student adds a class they must notify their Disability Specialist as soon as possible if accommodation letters are needed.
  • Students must contact the ODS at the beginning of each semester to arrange for academic accommodations and to complete the release of information for accommodation letters.
  • Students who think they are not being appropriately accommodated may file a complaint by contacting the Office of Access and Equal Opportunity at:
    Deanie Brown, J.D.
    University of Illinois Springfield
    One University Plaza, PAC 491
    Springfield, IL 62703
    Phone: 217-206-6222
    Learn more about filing a complaint