Exceptions to applicable IT Accessibility standards are considered under two circumstances:

  1. An accommodation or modification would result in a fundamental alteration to the process or outcome supported by the technology;
  2. An accommodation or modification would result in an undue burden for the University;

Exception requests may be referred to the Office of the ADA Coordinator for review. The review process may include Student Disability Services or Faculty/Staff Disability Services, members of the IT Accessibility Technical Standards Committee, representatives of the requesting unit, and others.

Fundamental Alteration

A fundamental alteration is a modification that is so significant that it alters the essential nature of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations offered. When a fundamental alteration exception is granted, the requestor must try to find a solution that will meet the accessibility requirement without requiring an alteration the underlying academic, business, or other process.

To request an exception due to fundamental alteration, the requestor should:

Undue Burden

Undue burden means that a modification or accommodation would result in significant difficulty, expense, or administrative burden to the University. When considering an undue burden request, the measure of available resources is typically scoped to the institution. When an undue burden exception is granted, the requestor must try to find a solution that will meet the accessibility requirement without presenting an undue burden.

To request an exception due to undue burden, the requestor must:

Scope of Exceptions to Accessibility Standards

Exceptions to the IT Accessibility standards apply only to the specific tools and technologies for which an exception is requested. Exception requests do not remove the requester's responsibilities under the IT Accessibility policy, or negate the need for equitable access to programs, courses, employment, or other University activities.  

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