We (SAS) Are Responsible For:

  • Approving/training registered students on using their accommodations
  • Providing services and accommodation approval in a timely manner
  • Consulting with students and instructors on how to best implement accommodations
  • Maintaining student confidentiality


Students are responsible for:

  • Communicating with their instructors and our office throughout the semester
  • Requesting accommodations in a timely manner
  • Following accommodation procedures and expectations 

Please Note:

  • Students who are currently eligible for academic accommodations must request Notification Letters each semester. This is accomplished by logging into your Accommodate account and formally requesting/indicating that you want accommodations for the upcoming semester.


Instructors are Responsible for:

  • Communicating with students and our office throughout the semester
  • Implementing accommodations in a timely manner
  • Consulting with us when you have questions or concerns about requested accommodations
  • Maintaining student confidentiality

Limitations to Instructor Rights:

As instructors, it is not your right to:

  • Deny a student reasonable accommodation(s) listed on their Accommodation Letter
  • Ask students questions about their disability including their diagnosis or nature of their disability 
  • Ask if the accommodation is necessary
  • Request documentation of a disability directly from a student.

Additional Information

If students do not request their accommodation letters, instructors have no knowledge of the student's accommodations and cannot implement accommodations. A student can request accommodation letters at any point in the semester, but accommodations are not retroactive. 

Faculty and Staff

If a student mentions a disability, 504, IEP, or accommodations, refer them to our page on how to apply for accommodations. Please encourage students with questions to reach out to our office at accessibility@iastate.edu or 515-294-7220. If students have other concerns due to unexpected life events, personal challenges, or other difficulties, please refer them to Student Assistance.

Student Release of Information

Disability-related information provided to Student Accessibility Services (SAS) is considered an educational record protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). We are required to obtain authorization from the student in order to communicate with others directly about their services related to Student Accessibility Services.  

Contact the SAS office for a release of information to be sent to you.


Check out our resources for students and faculty as it relates to the rights and responsibilities associated with accommodations.