Four loosely established aspects of University life are considered during the discussion between the student and the SDS professional in order to identify appropriate accommodations.
Once accommodations are approved, students request letters from Student Disability Services. Students deliver these letters to the instructors of the classes in which they would like to use their accommodations (housing accommodations are directed to Residential Living and Learning). Students are instructed to disclose as much as they are comfortable disclosing about their disability and to discuss how each accommodation will be implemented. Some accommodations are clearly the responsibility of Student Disability Services, such as providing Sign Language Interpreter services or obtaining alternative format text books. Many accommodations, however, fall within the purview of the faculty. For example, faculty are responsible for making sure that an appropriate testing environment is available, identifying a source for notes, or allowing for selection of seating. In many cases, communication between the student, faculty, Student Disability Services, and other departments (such as Student Assessment Services) is essential.