Accommodations from the DRC
At the University level, students have the right not to be identified as
disabled. For this reason, if a student with a disability would like to request
academic accommodations, he/she takes the responsibility of contacting the DRC.
In order for the DRC to assist the student with academic accommodations, the
student must provide written documentation of the disability from a diagnosing
and licensed professional.
The Disability Resource Center (DRC) at UNF offers a wide variety of legally
mandated services to students with documented disabilities. After reviewing
your documentation, a member of the DRC Team meet with the student to assist in
determining appropriate academic services and accommodations based on the
documentation and recommendations from the licensed professional. Upon
completion of this registration process, the student will follow the procedures
to receive the academic accommodations.
Faculty will be informed of the student’s accommodations.
Accommodations letters will be created and will be available to the DRC student
and faculty. Registered students will utilize the Clockwork portal >
Self-Registration to request their accommodations letters for each new course
in which they are registered during a semester.
TYPES OF ACCOMMODATIONS
Services and accommodations are provided to DRC-registered students who have
completed the registration process. Modifications of policies, practices or
courses are not required if they would fundamentally alter the nature of the
course or academic program. Similarly, any services that would result in an
undue financial or administrative burden may not be provided. Below are
examples of but not limited to the types of accommodations or services that are
provided by the DRC:
Assistive listening devices
Extended test times
Use of calculators
Temporary accommodations for those students who
provide documentation supporting services but for a limited time. (See
Temporary Physical Impairments below )
Once the student receives academic accommodations for which he is eligible,
a letter listing such accommodations is created in the Clockwork System. The
letters are emailed to the student’s professors. Each semester, the student
will be able to forward the accommodation letters to his professors through the
Clockwork portal. Hard copy letters are
also available for student and faculty.
can be provided to students with temporary physical impairments. Students will be required to provide medical
documentation of the temporary impairments (letter from physician or medical
documents showing the nature and extent of the injury); the student will meet
with a DRC staff member to discuss what academic accommodations the student
would need. For students with hand or
arm injuries, the DRC can contact the student’s professors to discuss obtaining
a note taker and to arrange any testing accommodations the student may need.
Preston Pharmacy is a local business that
rents wheelchairs at a reduced cost to UNF students. They can be reached at
The Osprey Transit is a
dedicated shuttle to assist students, faculty, and staff with mobility
needs that extend beyond the assigned standard shuttle stops on
campus. While all the Osprey Connector shuttles are full accessible, the
customer now has the additional option of requesting a pick up and drop off
location on campus.
This exclusive shuttle is equipped with 4
wheelchair seats and 8 - 10 seats for other mobility needs.
Hours of operation include
7:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. on Monday - Thursday; 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday. To
schedule a pick up time, please call (904) 620-5718 no later than 7 p.m. the
prior day of intended pick up time. Please refrain from leaving weekend phone
requests for a Monday morning pick up time prior to 8:30 a.m. For more
assistance, please call Parking & Transportation Services at (904)
To learn more about the Osprey Transit service please explore the UNF Shuttle Webpage
a student has a medical or psychological disability that seriously interferes
with the student’s ability to successfully complete a course, the student may
petition for a Medical Withdrawal by contacting the Medical Compliance Officer
at (904) 620-2175
UNF Parking Services (904) 620-2815
Parking Staff will issue a 30- day temporary disability parking permit for use
on campus. If the student needs a disability parking permit for a longer time,
applications for a Temporary Florida Disabled Parking Permit can be found at the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Website A doctor’s signature will be required.
SERVICE and SUPPORT ANIMALS
established and defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), service
animals shall not be excluded from UNF facilities or activities.
(Exceptions may exist in some sterile environments, areas requiring protective
equipment or clothing, or as mandated by health codes.)
animals are defined as: animals that are individually trained to do work or
perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. Such animals
might guide individuals with impaired vision, alert individuals who are hearing
impaired to intruders or sounds, pull a wheelchair, or fetch items used in
daily living (Ref. ADA Title III, 28 CFR Sec 36.104).
animals, usually referred to as Emotional Support animals, normally provide passive support to people with
disabilities. ESAs can be a therapy tool or an integral part of a treatment
process. They do not assist individuals with a disability to perform the
activities of daily living. Therapy animals are not covered by laws protecting
and giving rights to service animals. Approval of the presence of a therapy animal
falls within the authority of the university regarding accommodations to a
of the student’s disability and the need to have an emotional support animal
must be provided to the Disability Resource Center. Upon approval to have the
animal on campus, Housing & Residence Life will be notified of the animal’s
presence in the residence halls.
who request a service or emotional support animals must comply with state and
local requirements regarding registration and licensing of the animal as well
as having current veterinary health certificates.
A common request
by students with a medical condition/disability is for their absence from a
class meeting to be 'excused' and not subject to the sanction which would
be enforced ordinarily by the class instructor.
likely to request modified attendance policies as an accommodation
are those with serious health-related disabilities that flare up
psychological disabilities who are experiencing an acute exacerbation of
symptoms may also request flexibility in the application of attendance
requires colleges and universities to consider reasonable modification of
attendance policies if required to accommodate a student’s disability. In
making this determination, two questions must be answered:
Does the student
have a documented disability that directly affects his/her ability to
attend class on a regular basis? The DRC will make this determination based on
a review of documentation from the student’s health care provider.
Is attendance and
participation an essential element of the class? More specifically,
would modification of attendance policies result in a fundamental
alteration of an essential element of the program? The DRC will
collaborate with the faculty member to make this determination.
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has provided the
following guidelines to determine if attendance is an essential part of a
What does the
course description and syllabus say about attendance requirements?
What elements of
the class experience are used to calculate the final grade?
What are the
classroom practices and policies regarding attendance?
To what extent is
there classroom interaction between the instructor and students and among students?
contributions constitute a significant component of the learning process?
fundamental nature of the course rely on student participation as
an essential method for learning?
To what degree
does a student’s failure to attend constitute a significant loss to the
educational experience of other students in the class?
guidelines for how to handle 'flexibility in the application of the attendance
requirements / policy may be required' as an accommodation
with the DRC are required to provide a Notification of Accommodations to class
instructors specifying the accommodations determined in collaboration with the DRC.
These accommodations will have been determined to be 'reasonable' and may
include 'Flexibility in the application of the attendance requirements / policy
may be required'.
This lets you
The student’s medical condition or disability has been verified by the
submission of appropriate documentation, that they are registered with DRC and
that the student's medical condition or disability may result in
The intent is to
take the “automaticity” out of the application of the attendance policy, and
enable the instructor to consider the absence as 'excused' even if the standard
limit of excused absences has been reached.
accommodation is not a free pass, and
students with this accommodation are cautioned by the DRC that even
if their absence is due to their disability and beyond their control, such
absences may well impact their grade, particularly if the class grade
includes an element of participation, in-class exercises, quizzes which
contribute to the final grade and/or written assignments. Students are also
advised that they are responsible to keep up with reading, obtain class notes
from a fellow student, and make up any written assignments they may
have missed. Students should make contact with class instructors to discuss the
way in which this accommodation will work in practice and to agree upon
appropriate procedures and protocols.
not obligated to create extra work for either the student or themselves as
a substitute for “participation” in class or missed assignments, but are encouraged
to consider reasonable opportunities for the student to make up their absence.
Audio Recording Accommodations
Some students with disabilities have conditions that require audio recording as an appropriate accommodation. Audio recording will be noted on the accommodation letter provided to Faculty. Students who require the use of audio recording as an accommodation will be asked to sign an audio recording agreement kept on file in the DRC.
Faculty may request to review the signed audio recording agreement. The recording device, whether digital recorder or software on a computer/tablet/smart phone or other hardware should not be used for any purpose other than note taking during a class lecture and should not cause undue distraction in the classroom. Video recording is not a mandated accommodation and may be permitted at the professor’s discretion.
Requesting Accommodations for Courses Each Semester
Self Registration- Accommodations
Request/Renewal with Clockwork
can request accommodations for each of your courses during a semester by going
to myWings>Student Tab>My Records>Clockwork link and then selecting
the “Self Registration” link in the Clockwork student user portal.
you do not need any alterations to the accommodations listed in the Clockwork
Portal for a given course an email will be sent to your professor providing
them access to your letter upon submitting you accommodations request. If you
do need an alteration you will be required to meet with a DRC staff member to
discuss the changes needed.
DRC recommends you request your accommodations for a semester as soon as
possible in order to use your accommodations immediately. Professors who do not
receive an accommodation letter will not be obligated to provide you with
Disability Resource Center recommends you schedule a meeting with each of your
professors to discuss accommodations that will be utilized in each class.
IMPORTANT: Accommodation Letters are only good for the
semester and year the student is attending.
You will need to request a new accommodation letter for each course
during each semester you are enrolled.
myWings Link to access Clockwork Student Portal Homepage Follows;
Path: myWings>Student Tools Icon>Clockwork(Disability Accommodations)>Self-Registration Icon;
(Self-Registration) Manual Download Link Follows;
Clockwork Self Registration Accommodations Requests
Renewal (Self-Registration) Embeded Youtube Video Follows;
YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDGCazjUutw