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Accessibility and Accommodations (University)

BYU Independent Study (University students) is committed to improving web accessibility for our students. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide helpful recommendations to make web content more accessible. BYU strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations.

BYU Independent Study is also committed to providing a learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU Independent Study programs and activities. It is the policy of BYU to prohibit unlawful discrimination against persons with disabilities and to provide reasonable assistance in bringing them into the mainstream of campus life. To accomplish this, BYU complies with all applicable disability laws. BYU Independent Study programs differ in some ways from other university programs, so accommodations for BYU Independent Study learning may differ from accommodations given for learning in Brigham Young University main campus classes or other universities.

BYU Independent Study (University Courses) desires to assist students, through our interactive process, to determine appropriate accommodations. While documentation is appropriate to inform our interactive process, we rely on students to obtain the appropriate documentation of the student’s accommodation need. Documentation may include a letter from a qualified medical or mental healthcare professional who is treating the student, a previous educational institution, or other form of appropriate documentation. BYU Independent Study does not receive public funding to generate these documents. NOTE: Letters documenting functional limitations should be from licensed professionals who are not family members of the student.

Please submit the Accommodation Request Form with supporting documentation (as mentioned above) of the accommodation need. Requests for accommodations must be specific. Submitted documentation must be current within the last three years.

An accommodation request should be submitted and approved before the student begins work in each course. We strive to complete our interactive process with you regarding accommodation requests within three weeks, but some may take longer. Therefore, please submit accommodation requests as soon as possible.

Even when recommended in a recognized form of documentation, BYU Independent Study (University Courses) generally cannot accommodate requests that include:

  • Accommodations which would result in fundamental alterations to program and/or course content and objectives
  • Use of student support personnel (such as proctors, readers, interpreters, and scribes) not vetted and approved by our offices
  • Retroactive accommodations
  • Grades based on effort
  • Changes to the grading scale

We look forward to an interactive process toward planning for any reasonable accommodations we can provide. If you have any additional questions regarding accessibility or accommodations, please email us at byuceaccommodations@byu.edu or call us at 1-801-422-2868.

View more BYU Independent Study policies.

We carefully consider all petitions and grievances. If after engaging in the collaborative process you find you are not in agreement, please contact our Accommodations Appeals Office through byuceaccommodationsappeals@byu.edu.

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