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Academic Accommodations

The Disability Resource Center provides access, accommodations, and advocacy for UNC students who have documented disabilities. Academic needs are determined by the documentation and a student interview. Students seeking accommodations should contact our office at 970-351-2289 to schedule an appointment with a staff member. This is regardless of whether they have ever used accommodations before, have a recent or older diagnosis, or just want to learn more about possible academic accommodations. Any documentation can be submitted prior to or at this meeting (see Documentation Guidelines for more detailed information). If you do not yet have documentation, we can also try to connect you with the correct resources, both on and off campus.

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Adaptive Technology

The University of Northern Colorado offers Adaptive Technology use and training for students registered with the Disability Resource Center. DRC assists students who receive alternative text such as audio format, Braille and/or enlarged print. DRC also assists registered students find note-takers in their classes.

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Note-Taking

DRC assists registered and qualifying students to find note-takers in their classes. Students wishing to request a note-taker or to become a note-taker for their courses can find more information here

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Testing

Testing accommodations are available through the Disability Resource Center. Students who receive testing accommodations have the ability to test within the DRC office and may receive extended time. Readers and scribes may be available for certain testing accommodations.

How the Disability Resource Center Evaluates and Responds to Requests for Academic Accommodations

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) at UNC engages in a collaborative and interactive process with its students individually to determine appropriate accommodations.  Academic needs are determined by documentation submitted by the student and a student interview.  As part of the interactive process, when necessary, DRC will seek information from faculty about the academic requirements essential to the course or program for which the student seeks an accommodation, any licensure requirements directly related to course or program, and other relevant information specific to nature of the course or program.  When doing so, DRC will inquire of faculty the academic requirements (or the licensing requirements) that are essential to the course or program. This information is used to inform the decision of DRC about whether, after considering other alternatives and their feasibility, cost, and effect on the academic course or program, the requested accommodation (or alternative accommodations (if any)) would result in lowering academic standards and/or involve a fundamental alteration of the course or program. DRC will document its conclusions regarding such accommodations.

DRC Policy on Recording Lectures

Students recording lecture as a disability accommodation agree to use recordings for personal study only. Recorded lectures may not be shared with anyone else, or distributed online.

Discuss with professors any concerns about recording lectures. Instructors may feel that it is inappropriate to record certain class discussions. You are approved to record lectures, but not necessarily discussions in which other students may reveal personal information or self-disclosure. If necessary, you or your instructor may ask DRC to help make this distinction.