Types of Accommodations Often Considered "Unreasonable"

  1. Accommodations that would fundamentally alter the nature of a program.
  2. Accommodations which lower or substantially modify academic or program standards.
  3. Accommodations that would impose undue financial or administrative burden.
  4. Accommodations that would pose an appreciable threat to personal or public safety.

If there are concerns about an approved accommodation being unreasonable, it is essential to still ensure that the students’ needs are being met until an assessment of fundamental alteration is concluded. When an instructor informs the AEC that an approved accommodation is not appropriate for a specific course, the instructor and AEC will explore whether the approved accommodation would be reasonable/unreasonable given the nature of the course. If the AEC and an instructor agree that an accommodation would be unreasonable, alternative accommodations are explored and confirmed by all parties.

When the AEC and an instructor disagree regarding the appropriateness of an accommodation for a particular course, the matter is referred by the AEC Access Advisor to AEC Leadership. AEC, not the student, is responsible for resolving disagreements between AEC and an instructor. The student may provide AEC with information that they wish the AEC leadership team would consider in this process.

When the complaint concerns the refusal of an instructor to follow AEC’s recommendations as set forth in a notification letter issued by the AEC after the AEC has considered the concerns of the instructor regarding such accommodation, the AEC will involve other parties as necessary, including, but not limited to, the relevant department head, the relevant academic dean, the Assistant Vice Provost for Advising and Accessibility who oversees the AEC, or UO General Counsel.