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Disability Services Program

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Faculty & Staff

While DSP approves academic accommodations, faculty are legally responsible for administering the accommodations. Our office is here to help facilitate this process. Students are directed to provide faculty with a letter of accommodation from DSP at the beginning of each quarter, which can serve as a conversation starter for any accommodation needs. Our staff is happy to provide consultation and guidance as needed.

Accommodations Policy

Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Policy outlines requirements, guidelines, and procedures for providing approved accommodations to students, including temporary injury or illness.

Policy Statement:

  1. The University of Denver is committed to providing students with disabilities equal access and participation in academic areas and other programs sponsored by the University as mandated by federal law.  The process for granting qualified students with documented disabilities accommodations to obtain equal access is managed by DSP. Students requesting disability accommodations engage in a collaborative process with DSP staff that includes disclosing the disability(ies) and providing appropriate documentation.
  2. Faculty should only implement accommodations approved by the DSP staff.  The DSP staff will provide students with a Faculty Letter that describes approved classroom accommodations. Students are responsible for providing this letter to faculty prior to needing the accommodation.
  3. Disability and accommodation information should be kept private, and only shared with other University personnel who have a legitimate educational need to know to be in compliance with relevant laws.

Syllabus Statements

DSP recommends that faculty include a disability statement in syllabi. A sample is below and may be modified to suit your style:

If you have a disability/medical issue protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and need to request accommodations, please visit the Disability Services Program website at You may also call (303) 871-2372, or visit us in person on the 4th floor of Ruffatto Hall; 1999 E. Evans Ave., Denver, CO.