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Students

Requesting Accommodations

The following contains the steps necessary to make a formal request for accommodation(s) to the DSP.

  1. The student must complete and submit the Request for Accommodation form.
  2. Submit supporting documentation to the DSP. For more information please see our documentation guidelines in the section immediately below. (Please note that the University has developed a separate set of documentation guidelines for Emotional Support Animals, also found in our documentation guidelines section below.)
  3. You will receive, within 2 – 4 business days, a receipt confirmation notification from the DSP via your University email. If you have not received a confirmation email within this time frame please reach out to the DSP for additional information.
  4. Review the DSP Student Handbook. (make link) The Handbook contains information essential to your ability to understand and effectively navigate the accommodations process at the University.
  5. After the DSP has received your completed request form and documentation you will be contacted by one of the staff within 5 – 10 business days to discuss next steps. If you have not been contacted by a staff member within this timeframe please reach out to the DSP for additional information.

Documentation Guidelines

In order to establish that an individual is covered under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and/or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or other applicable laws, documentation should indicate that the disability substantially limits one or more major life activities. The purpose of documentation is to assist the university in understanding the nature of the disability, its connection to a barrier and to full participation in university courses, programs, services, or activities, and how accommodations may mitigate barriers. If you are working with a healthcare or mental healthcare professional to get new or updated documentation it is often helpful to share the following information with your clinician.

In general, documentation should include the following:

  1. The credentials of the evaluator(s)
  2. Diagnostic statement identifying the disability
  3. As appropriate to the disability, a description of the diagnostic methodology used
  4. Description of the current functional limitations
  5. Description of the expected progression or stability of the disability
  6. Description of current and past accommodations, services, and/or medications
  7. Recommendations for accommodations and/or services

*Use the following link for a more complete description of our documentation guidelines.

 

Emotional Support Animals

In an effort to better assist students who are requesting to have an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) with them in the residence halls, the University has developed separate guidelines for ESA's which are linked below.

These guidelines are based on the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) best practices for documentation.

Temporary Injury/Illness

DSP can provide accommodations for temporary injuries or illnesses, including, but not limited to, broken bones, concussions, and on-going illness of multiple weeks. Students with short-term illnesses, such as cold or flu, are not covered by the ADA, and should work directly with instructors to discuss informal arrangements. To request accommodations for a temporary an illness, injury, condition or other circumstance follow the list of steps below:

  1. Complete and submit the Request for Temporary Accommodations
  2. Submit supporting documentation, for more information please see our documentation guidelines in the section immediately above.
  3. You will receive within 2 – 4 business days an receipt confirmation notification from the DSP via your University email. If you have not received a confirmation email within this timeframe please reach out to the DSP for additional information.
  4. After the DSP has received your completed request form and documentation you will be contacted by one of the staff within 5 – 10 business days to discuss next steps. If you have not been contacted by a staff member within this timeframe please reach out to the DSP for additional information

The DU campus is relatively small (80 acres), and doesn't currently offer campus transportation for any students including those with temporary disabilities. While small, transportation and parking in and around campus can be challenging, particularly for those who aren't accustomed to mobility loss due to a temporary injury or illness. Please visit our link for accessible transportation and parking resources for potential options. 

Law Students

Your first point of contact can either be DSP or the law school Student Affairs office, which serves as a liaison to DSP for law students who have disabilities. Once approved for accommodations through DSP, law students will work with the Student Affairs office and law school registrar to coordinate most accommodations.

Requesting Release from Housing or Meal Plan for Medical/Disability Reasons

The two-year live-on requirement is a commitment between the undergraduate students and the University of Denver to enhance the students' experience and success. For more information or details about requesting a release for Live at Home, Financial or Special reasons please visit the Housing and Residential Education webpage on the Two-Year Live-On Requirement.

Requesting Release from Housing or Meal Plan for Medical/Disability Reasons

Students are required to meet with a Housing staff member to begin the live-on release request process. Students can call, email or visit the Housing main office to make an appointment. The Housing main office is located in Nagel 136. Normal business hours are Monday through Fridays from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.

  1. Schedule a time to meet with a Housing staff member.
  2. For Medical/Disability related requests download the Live-On Release Request Form.
  3. Print and Complete the form in its entirety. Incomplete forms will not be processed.
  4. Attach supporting documentation (for more information visit the documentation guidelines section on the Students page of the DSP website).
  5. Return the completed Live-On Release Request form and supporting documentation to the DSP office via:
    • Email to dsp@du.edu
    • In person, 440 Ruffatto Hall, 1999 E Evans Ave.
    • Fax: 303-871-2248
  6. DSP sends receipt: Students will be emailed a receipt confirmation via their du.edu email address within 3 – 5 business days.
  7. Students receive decisions via their du.edu e-mail. The Live-On Release Committee meets monthly and will provide notification to students within 2 business days of their decision.