Implementing YOUR Academic Accommodations
Implementing your academic accommodations is a very important 2-Step Process that must be completed each semester. The DSO recommends that you complete this process early in the semester, as soon as possible, to ensure that your accommodations are in place when you need them.
Distribute Your Accommodation Letters
Distribute your accommodation letters to your professors by completing the DSO Accommodation Letter Request Form in MyKU. The form is available in MyKU starting one week prior to the beginning of each semester and summer/winter session. Follow the instructions below to access the form in MyKU:
- Log into MyKU
- Click on the "KU Academic Services" tile
- From the menu on the left side of the page, click on DSO Accom Request Form
- Follow the instructions on the form to submit your request
Note: If you notice any of your courses do not have a professor assigned or listed, respond "No" to the option to "Send a letter to this professor." You will need to return to this request form once a professor has been assigned to it, change the response to "Yes" and resubmit the form. You do not need to re-send letters to your other professors or advisor.
Your accommodation letters will be sent to your professors via email within 24 hours of submitting the form. You will receive an email in your KU email account to confirm that your accommodation letters have been sent to your professors.
Discuss Your Needs with Your Professors
After you receive the confirmation email that your letters were sent to your professors, you need to arrange a time to talk with your professors about how your accommodations will be implemented in each of their courses (see example email below).
Please be aware that you might not be able to utilize your accommodations until you complete this step and discuss your accommodation needs with your professor.
Discussions about your accommodations can take place in-person, through Zoom or another online platform, or via phone or email. There is no need to disclose the nature of your disability to your professor, but be prepared to discuss the following:
- What are your accommodations?
- What are your learning needs? How can your professor help you?
- What are your strengths and areas of weakness?
- What learning strategies helped you most in the past?
SAMPLE Email Requesting a Meeting with Your Professor:
To: Professor Goldenbear
Subject: Accommodation for HIS 101
Dear Dr. Goldenbear,
I am enrolled in your 10 AM American History course this fall and recently had my accommodation letter sent to you. I would like to meet with you to discuss my accommodations but, unfortunately, I have class during your regular office hours. Are you available at another time? I am free after 2:00 PM every day.