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Frequently Asked Questions

Are course substitutions or waivers allowed based on a disability?
Course substitutions are allowed under strict circumstances with specific recommendations supported by the documentation.  Courses essential to a student’s major are not usually considered for substitution.
Do accommodations give students with a disability an unfair advantage?
No. Accommodations are based on the nature of the disability and the academic environment.  The purpose is to provide the student with a “level playing field,” not provide an unfair advantage.
Do I need to request accommodations every semester?

Yes, the Accommodations Notifications are valid only for the semester in which they are written.

How are students with disabilities identified?
It is the responsibility of the student to register with Student Disability Services and provide documentation in order to receive accommodations.  Appropriate and current documentation must meet Board of Regents’ criteria and specifically justify requested accommodations.  Disclosure is not mandatory unless accommodations are requested, however, accommodations cannot be provided retroactively if a student discloses the need for accommodations at a later date.  Students are urged to register with Student Disability Services in a timely manner to allow time to assemble appropriate documentation.
How do I get classroom accommodations?
Since reasonable accommodations are based upon the current impact of the disability, the documentation must address the current level of functioning and the need for accommodations.  With regard to a learning disability, documentation must be within three years of the student’s application for accommodations.
If I register with Student Disability Services, will it show up on my permanent record?
No.  What is considered a student’s permanent record is maintained by the registrar’s office and is separate from records maintained by Student Disability Services.  Records are held in strict confidence and information is released only with permission from the student.
If I sustain a temporary disability, am I eligible for services?
Although temporary disabilities, such as a mobility impairment resulting from an accident or surgery, are not covered under ADA/504, some services may be provided on a case-by-case basis.  Students with temporary disabilities may work out suitable arrangements with their instructors.  If assistance is needed with temporary accommodations, the student should contact Student Disability Services, and SDS staff can provide a letter with accommodation recommendations for instructors. Please note that Disability Parking Permits are not provided through the University, but are available through the Georgia Department of Driver Services.
What are students' responsibilities?
Students are required to: Register with SDS, provide appropriate documentation of their disability, retrieve accommodation notifications in a timely manner each semester, and follow Student Disability Services policies and procedures.
What are the responsibilities of the faculty?
Faculty will facilitate accommodations for which the student is eligible, and will provide accessible course content. 
What is considered a disability?
According to the Americans with Disability Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a disability is a mental, physical, or emotional impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities.
What is current documentation?
Since reasonable accommodations are based upon the current impact of the disability, the documentation must address the current level of functioning and the need for accommodations.  With regard to a learning disability, documentation must be within three years of the student’s application for accommodations.
What kind of documentation is required?
Please click on the Documentation link to see the required documentation for the different disabilities.  Contact the Assistant Director of Student Disability Services on the campus you plan to attend if you have any additional questions after reading the requirements in the Documentation section.
Will a high school Individualized Education Plan (I.E.P.) or 504 Plan provide sufficient documentation of a disability?
No, I.E.P and 504 Plans provide valuable information, but documentation from a licensed professional is required.

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