The staff is awesome. Without people like them, it would be so much more stressful to implement accommodations.

Instructor using SAS & EAC Services

Feasibility and Timing of Requests


Please view a student's accommodation letter as a conversation starter to determine how best to provide an accessible learning environment. If you have other ideas regarding creating access for your course beyond what is listed in this letter, we encourage you to speak with the student to explore alternative modifications. Instructors are encouraged to utilize the Accommodation Planning Tool (linked below) to help facilitate that conversation. 

Note:  It is important to never deny a student's accommodation request without first consulting with our office.

Concerns about Feasibility

If you have any concerns about the feasibility of an accommodation in your course, please contact us and we will engage in the interactive process. We want to learn more about your course design and collaborate on a plan that works for everyone. We also encourage you to consult with CELT to discuss course design, learning objectives, and reasonable access options.

Note: Instructors are not required to substantially alter course requirements or instructional design as an accommodation but must promptly contact SAS if they believe the accommodation is unacceptable within the context of their course.

Timing of Requests

Students can register with SAS and/or request accommodations in a course at any time during the semester. However, students are expected to make proactive requests within a reasonable timeframe to give adequate notice (typically one week) to the instructor. Accommodations are designed to be implemented at the point of request moving forward.

Note: Retroactive accommodations are typically only given at the instructor's discretion. We encourage you to consult with us when considering retroactive requests.

Syllabus Statement

Iowa State University is committed to advancing equity, access, and inclusion for students with disabilities. Promoting these values entails providing reasonable accommodations where barriers exist to students’ full participation in higher education. Students in need of accommodations or who experience accessibility-related barriers to learning should work with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to identify resources and support available to them. Staff at SAS collaborate with students and campus partners to coordinate accommodations and to further the academic excellence of students with disabilities. Information about SAS is available online at, by email at, or by phone at 515-294-7220.

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