Appeal Process

If a student is not approved for a requested accommodation by the Director of Disability Services, and they feel their request is both reasonable and appropriate, the student may appeal the Director's decision to up to two additional University officials following a request for a secondary review. This process is initiated and completed as follows:
  • 1. Request for Secondary Review

    Following a deferral of a requested accommodation, a student may submit a request for a secondary review. This is done by uploading a PDF of their request through the Disability Services portal. Within the request, the student should clearly state the accommodation they are requesting along with a detailed explanation of why they feel that the accommodation is reasonable and appropriate as a result of their documented disability. Following submission, their case will be re-reviewed by the Director of Disability Services, and a determination will be communicated via a portal message.

  • 2. Appeal to the Director of Compliance.

    If the student is still not satisfied with the decision regarding an accommodation request following a secondary review, they may submit a written appeal to the Director of Compliance (currently: Kris Henderson). The appeal must clearly state the reason(s) that the student is filing the appeal, and must be based on the records submitted to Disability Services. Following submission of this appeal, the Director of Compliance will be granted access to the student’s records housed within Disability Services so as to allow for a holistic and complete review. Following review, the Director of Compliance will communicate their determination and rationale in writing to both the student and the Director of Disability services.

  • 3. Appeal to the Vice President of Student Development

    If the student is still not satisfied with the decision regarding an accommodation request following an appeal to the Director of Compliance, they may submit a written appeal to the Vice President of Student Development (currently: Steve Bisese). The appeal must clearly state the reason(s) that the student is filing the appeal, and must be based on the records submitted to Disability Services. Following submission of this appeal, the Vice President of Student Development will be granted access to the student’s records housed within Disability Services so as to allow for a holistic and complete review. Following review, the Vice President of Student Development will communicate their determination and rationale in writing to both the student and the Director of Disability services.