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Other Accomodations

We encourage you to provide your faculty with your Letter Of Approved Accommodation at the beginning of each quarter. This facilitates an open dialogue so your learning needs can be met. Expand the following items for details on how to use particular accommodations:

Peer Notetaker
1. Faculty Letter
Student provides instructor with Faculty Letter indicating a “Peer Note-Taker” accommodation.

2. Announcement
Instructor makes an announcement - without identifying the student - in class or by email soliciting a note-taker. 

3. Introduction
Once the note-taker has been identified, the instructor introduces the student and the note-taker.

4. Exchange
Student and note-taker work together to determine the best way to get notes to the student. Notes can be scanned and emailed (free at library), photocopied (free at DSP), or written on carbon-copy paper (free at DSP). Other methods may also be suitable.

5. Note-taker Agreement Form
Student and note-taker must complete a Classroom Note-Taker Agreement and submit this to DSP.

6. Stipend
Note-takers receive a $40 stipend to the DU Bookstore loaded onto their Pioneer ID card within two months of submitting a signed Note-taker Agreement (stipends will not be awarded without a signed agreement).

*This is considered a "scholarship" and is reported to Financial Aid. It is the student note-takers responsibility to check with Financial Aid regarding eligibility for scholarship funds.

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1. Meet
New students should meet with the Assistive Technology Specialist to discuss file formats, software, timeframes, etc.

2. Request Books
Visit AFT Book Requests to submit your requests. Requests with incomplete information will be delayed. Expect 2 weeks for requests to be processed. Find book lists on the DU Bookstore website, or from your instructor.

3. Proof of Ownership
Per copyright law, provide receipts or hard copies to the Assistive Technology Specialist for all titles except those available through Bookshare, Learning Ally, or Project Gutenberg. Proof can be emailed or presented in person.

4. Download Books
Visit the DSP eBook Repository to download fulfilled requests. You will receive an email when new books are made available to you.
Early Registration

Early Registration takes place the Friday before Priority Registration begins. Students should follow all advising requirements as usual. Visit the Registrar website for details on checking registration time tickets.

Foreign Language Substitution
Approved students will fulfill the FOLA requirement by completing approved substitution courses. 

Approved Substitution Courses
Contact Academic Advising or DSP for a list of approved DU courses.

Transfer/Study Abroad Credit
Complete the online form at PioneerWeb > MyWeb > Student & Financial Aid > Student Records > Request Coursework Approval. Specify that you want the credit to count as FOLA substitution, and that you have been approved by DSP for the accommodation.

Degree-specific Requirements
This accommodation cannot be applied to majors/minors that have a specific FOLA Proficiency Requirement. Examples include International Studies majors, and International Master’s In Business. Verify proficiency requirements with your academic advisor.

Contact your Degree Evaluator when applying for graduation to ensure your credits are applied correctly on your APR.
Request for Interpreting/CART/VRI

University of Denver
Disability Services Program: Policies and Procedures
Interpreting/CART/VRI Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students


  • Students should contact the Disability Services Program (DSP) as soon as they receive their acceptance notice/notification to communicate enrollment plans and need for accommodation(s). Interpreting services require advance notice and coordination time. Students should initiate contact with as much notice as possible; even months in advance.

Please visit the DSP website at for specific procedures for obtaining disability services.

Important Definitions:
CART - Communication Access Real-time Translation. Spoken English translated to written English in real time.

VRI – Video Remote Interpreting. Sign language interpreting done through video phones or web cameras utilizing remote or off-site interpreters.

Requesting Services Before the Quarter Begins:

  • Students should make their requests for interpreting services as soon as they register for classes each academic term. Students using interpreting/CART/VRI services usually are granted priority registration to provide additional time to coordinate services.
  • To request services- Requests for Interpreters/CART/VRI for classes are preferred two weeks or more prior to the first day of classes. If requests are made with less than 2 weeks, preferred services might not be available. You must fill out the Interpreter/CART/VRI Request Form. Interpreters/CART/VRI will not be assigned to classes until the student has officially registered and submitted the request via the Interpreter/CART/VRI Request Form.
    1. Students must request interpreters/CART/VRI services via the interpreter/CART/VRI request form only. Any services not approved or arranged by the Disability Services Program will be paid for by the student.
    2. Please note: you must fill out a separate request for EACH course at the beginning of the quarter.

Expressing Preference for Interpreters/CART/VRI:

  • The Interpreter Coordinator must consider all students and staffs scheduling needs, consider all students' preferences, and consider interpreter's qualifications, backgrounds, and schedules. Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate specific requests. However, recognizing the reality of balancing the needs of all students and schedules, the Coordinator reserves the right to make final scheduling decisions.

Additional Requests for Interpreting/CART/VRI Services:

  • In addition to University of Denver courses, interpreters/CART/VRI services will be provided by the DSP for study groups, scheduled meetings with class members or instructors, and other related University of Denver activities. Personal or non-university affiliated activities would be responsibility of the student. Employment related activities would be the responsibility of the employer and not the University of Denver.
  • Students must fill out the Interpreter/CART/VRI request form at least 72 hours before the requested meeting or event. The form must have all the required places filled in, or requests might be held until all required information can be obtained.
    1. Failure to make requests at least 72 hours in advance could result in the request not being fulfilled.
    2. Requests submitted 72 hours or more in advance will be filled in this order:
      • DU interpreters will be asked first.
      • If DU interpreters are not available, the request will be sent to an agency to be filled.
      • If the Coordinator and agency are unable to fill a request 24 hours before an assignment, the request will be sent to VRI in an attempt to be filled. Students will also be notified that the request was sent to VRI along with instructions on how to set up VRI. Personal laptops or computers from internships/work will be recommended or DSP will work to arrange a loaner laptop if needed.
    3. To increase the likelihood of fulfillment, requests made with less than 24 hours' notice will atomically be sent to VRI or Remote CART rather than attempting to fulfill those requests with a local provider. Referral to VRI or Remote CART is not a guarantee of the ability to fulfill the request.

Student Responsibilities Throughout each Academic Term:

  • Classroom and/or schedule changes: Changes that occur after schedules have been submitted via the Interpreter/CART/VRI request form MUST be reported to the Coordinator as soon as possible. This includes class cancellations and dropping or withdrawing from classes.
  • Preparation: It is important for interpreters to have preparation material to be able to sign and voice well for a class/assignment. Students should give any scripts, power points, or information about the assignments to interpreters to help them prepare.
  1. Presentations - It is strongly recommended that the student meet with the interpreters outside of class to practice upcoming presentations at least one time.
  • Communicating Attendance Plan: Students must communicate directly to the Coordinator.
  1. Attendance: Students need to communicate attendance plans to the Coordinator for interpreting/CART/VRI services for their courses. Students who do not communicate attendance or the lack thereof will be referred to Student Rights and Responsibilities for being in non-compliance with this policy.
  2. No Show is defined as a student missing class without any prior notification or any form of communication with the Coordinator. After one no show, it is assumed the student will return to the next scheduled class session unless notification is given to the Coordinator. After two no shows in a single academic term, the student will need to meet with the DSP Assistant Director or assigned staff member to discuss communicating their attendance plan.
  3. Early Cancel is defined as contacting the Coordinator at least 48 hours prior to the start of the interpreting assignment (i.e., class).
  4. Less than 48 hours' notice is defined as a Late Cancel. Habitual late cancellations will be monitored and require student to meet with the DSP Assistant Director or assigned staff member to discuss late cancellations.
  • Wait Lengths for No Show/Late Arrival: If the student knows they will be late, the student needs to contact the Coordinator immediately. Every attempt will be made to contact the interpreter/CART/VRI so they do not leave.
    1. Please remember that the interpreter/CART will wait outside the classroom or assignment for 20 minutes before leaving. If using VRI, the student only has 15 minutes to start the service or it will be cancelled.
    2. If the student arrives late, but before the interpreter/CART leaves or VRI is cancelled, it is not the responsibility of the interpreter/CART/VRI to inform the student of missed material. It is the student's responsibility to obtain missed material from the instructor, note-taker (if applicable), other students in the course, the syllabus, or other means following the class meeting or at another appropriate time.
  • While in Class: Students should not chat with the interpreters/CART/VRI. They are there to interpret/record the communication in the classroom. Questions or comments should be directed to the instructors or classmates, not to the interpreter/CART/VRI person.


*Printable PDF version of policy.

DSP Grievance Policy

Please note that this policy applies to requests for accommodation made by students and not requests made by university employees. Employees with concerns about the requests for accommodation should contact the Benefits Program Manager in Human Resources.

While the grievance process is ongoing, all parties are expected to continue with the accommodations process as outlined in the original determination until the process is complete. If the complaint involves charges of unlawful discrimination the student should not engage in this process but instead should report their concerns to the Office of Equal Opportunity at 303.871.7726 or

First Level
  • Complaints should always be resolved at the lowest level possible. Therefore, the complainant should make reasonable efforts to achieve a resolution by discussing the issue with the DSP Accommodations Specialist most familiar with the situation. Often a resolution can be achieved by making an appointment with the DSP staff member and honestly and specifically communicating concerns or frustrations.
Second Level
  • If either the Accommodations Specialist or the complainant feel that a satisfactory resolution has not been achieved they should then make an appointment to discuss the matter with the Assistant Director of the DSP. The complainant should be prepared to share the following with the Assistant Director during the meeting:
    • the nature of the concern,
    • relevant dates,
    • information about attempts to resolve the complaint,
    • outcomes of the attempts to resolve the complaint.
  • If all reasonable efforts to resolve a complaint informally fail, the complainant may file a formal grievance with the Director of the DSP. When the Assistant Director was the initial decision-maker then the complainant should move to the Third Level.
Third Level
  • If a complainant chooses to file a formal grievance with the Director of the DSP (or their designee) it must be filed within five (5) business days of the Level II meeting with the Assistance Director. It must be in writing, signed and dated by the complainant and at a minimum, include the following:
    • a clear description of the issue being grieved,
    • the identity of any party or parties involved in the concern,
    • the specific remedy or remedies requested,
    • information about attempts to resolve the complaint, and
    • outcomes of the attempts to resolve the complaint.
  • In the course of a comprehensive review of information associated with a grievance, the Director of the DSP (or their designee) will need to gather information from relevant university staff and/or faculty. All decisions of the Director of the DSP (or their designee) are final and must be issued in writing in fifteen (15) business days or less of receiving the grievance and shall include all of the following:
    • a copy of the student’s formal grievance,
    • relevant findings of fact,
    • decision, the reasons for the decision reached and the remedy which is either granted or denied and/or any alternative remedies suggested.
    • Should the Director of the DSP fail to issue a timely decision to the complainant’s grievance, the complainant may inform the Vice Chancellor for Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence. The Vice Chancellor (or their designee) shall then assign an appropriate individual to decide the complainant’s grievance at the third level, and that decision shall be final.