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Accommodation Policy for Students with Disabilities


It is the policy and practice of The University of Maine to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the state and local requirements regarding students with disabilities. Under these laws, no qualified individual with a disability shall be denied access to or participation in services, programs, and activities of The University of Maine.

In compliance with federal and state regulations, reasonable accommodations are provided to qualified students with disabilities. A qualified individual is a person who, with or without reasonable accommodations, can perform the essential functions of a program or course requirements. The essential requirements of an academic course or program need not be modified to accommodate an individual with a disability.

The University has designated Disability Support Services located in East Annex, as the office that coordinates services for students with disabilities, as part of the continuing effort to make the campus accessible.

Final responsibility for selection of the most appropriate accommodation rests with the University and is determined on a case-by-case basis.

Students are encouraged to meet with the Director of Disability Support Services to develop a plan for their academic accommodations. A request for accommodation is deemed reasonable if it:

  • Is based on documented individual needs; in all cases of non—apparent disability;
  • Allows the most integrated experience possible
    And
  • Does not compromise essential requirements of a course or program;
  • Does not pose a threat to personal or public safety;
  • Does not impose undue financial or administrative burden;
  • Is not of a personal nature.