Faculty Handbook Chapter 6 - Reasonable vs Unreasonable Accommodations

Faculty Handbook Chapter 6: Reasonable vs. Unreasonable Accommodations

Reasonable accommodations reduce barriers to learning and are individualized to a student’s needs. Both the student’s physical accessibility to the classroom as well as the student’s ability to have full access to all course activities are considered in providing reasonable accommodations.

Reasonable accommodations are those that do not:

  • Alter or remove requirements of the course/program
  • Alter the learning outcomes of the course/program
  • Pose a threat to others

The college is only required to make reasonable accommodations to assure equal access to opportunity for persons with disabilities. If the request for accommodation is judged to be unreasonable, it may be refused. If an accommodation request is deemed unreasonable, it does not affect the obligation to provide needed accommodations that are reasonable. Saying “no” to a request that is found to be unreasonable should never be viewed as the end of a discussion of accommodation options—there is always room for exploration.

If the individual has a documented disability and needs accommodation to assure access, then the institution is obligated to work with that student to determine reasonable accommodations that can be devised to provide the access limited by the disability.

Accommodations are decided upon based on a combination of medical documentation, student narrative, and learning outcomes of a given course. Please only give students the accommodations specified on the student’s Letter of Accommodation (LOA). 

See the section titled “Common Accommodations” for descriptions of typical, reasonable accommodations.