Faculty Handbook Chapter 5 - The Purpose of Accommodations

Faculty Handbook Chapter 5: The Purpose of Accommodations

The accommodations listed on a student’s Letter of Accommodation (LOA) are designed to provide access to the classroom environment and learning materials. They are not meant to give the student an extra advantage or alter learning outcomes. Some students may exhibit their knowledge and other course expectations differently than their peers. For example, a student with a learning disability may read at a much slower rate than their peers. Thus, extra time to take an exam helps ensure the test is assessing the student’s knowledge, not their reading speed.