What are Educational Accommodations?

Accommodations are tools that level the educational playing field for students with disabilities. Accommodations are not intended to alter or lower the standards or expectations of a course; they are designed to assist students in learning the same material and meeting the same expectations as their classmates who do not have disabilities. DSS partners with students to make reasonable educational accommodations unless such accommodation(s) would pose an undue financial or administrative hardship; or would result in a fundamental alteration in the nature of the college course, activity, program, or service.

What are NOT Educational Accommodations?

DSS works to ensure access for students with disabilities by providing educational accommodations. However, there are some items that are not considered accommodations in higher education. This list includes, but is not limited to:

  • Individualized instruction
  • Tutoring
  • Personal care attendant
  • Modifying curriculum
  • Requiring an instructor to change teaching styles


Educational accommodations are determined for each student individually based on documentation provided by the student and the interactive process between the student and the DSS LD Specialist. Following are some common accommodations available through DSS. This list is not inclusive and the accommodations will not apply to every student. Please enroll in the DSS Remote Office Canvas shell to access accommodations during the COVID-19 campus closure.