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Accommodations and Services

The accommodations and services offered through the Center for Disability & Access at the University of Utah are based upon the current impact of the student's disability.  For clarity and ease of use, they have been divided into different categories:

  • Academic Accommodations
  • Campus Accommodations
  • Housing Accommodations
  • Deaf Services
  • Other Services

Academic Accommodations

Attendance in class is expected for students participating in the university experience.  However, if a student’s condition directly impacts their ability to attend class on a periodic basis, some flexibility might be necessary and appropriate.

Student may be approved for the use of a assistant, reader, or scribe in the classroom to aid with tasks that are significantly impacted by a student’s condition.  This accommodation is dependent upon the student’s limitations and the course requirements.

Exam accommodations vary but can include extended time, a reduced distraction location, a private room, the use of a reader and/or scribe, the use of a computer or assistive technology, and/or additional breaks.

Depending upon the impact of a student's condition, an accommodation may be to allow for extended time to complete and turn in assignments, papers, or projects.

For qualified students, the Center for Disability & Access will assist in making books and course materials accessible.  Possibilities include books in an audio format, electronic books, materials in Braille, screen and text recognition software, materials in CD or MP3 format, and enlarged text.

Students may be approved for a paid or volunteer note taker in classes, or may be authorized to audio record lectures.

The Center for Disability & Access may approve students with disabilities to enroll in a course load of less than full-time status.

On occasion, when a student’s specific disability would prevent them from successfully learning and completing the mathematics or foreign language general education requirements, the Center for Disability & Access may consider approving substitute courses for these requirements.

Campus Accommodations

The Center for Disability & Access works with Facilities and Campus Planning and Construction to maintain accessible paths throughout the campus and to display signage which directs students to these paths.

For some students with disabilities, adaptive technology, equipment, or furniture in the classroom is necessary to provide equal access.  Auxiliary equipment may include ergonomic chairs, accessible tables, and FM system amplification.

Classroom locations may be moved to ensure all programs and activities are accessible. 

Accessible parking locations can be found throughout campus to drivers with disabilities.  A "D" permit may be purchased by qualified individuals.  Please contact Commuter Services for additional information.

To ensure equal access to its programs, courses, and facilities, students may be eligible for priority registration.

Service animals (as defined by the ADA) are welcome on campus and in student housing.  Emotional support animals must be approved as an accommodation for campus housing and are not allowed in other areas of campus where pets are normally prohibited.

Regular scheduled / fixed route campus shuttles have lifts and are accessible and available for assisting students with mobility concerns around campus.  Additionally, for approved students, a point-to-point accessible shuttle is available to schedule pick up and drop of dates and times.

The University of Utah makes a reasonable attempt to address priority snow removal in areas identified by the Center for Disability & Access and the University Grounds Department.  If you have concerns about a path of travel, please feel free to contact your CDA advisor or the Dispatch Office at 801-581-7221.

Last Updated: 12/14/23