Procedures for Requesting Accommodations for Disability or Religion
Individuals with physical or mental impairments who are otherwise qualified to
perform their work or pursue their studies may request reasonable accommodations
to enable them to work or continue their studies. The Americans with
Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and Iowa’s Civil Rights Act enables
covered individuals to receive accommodations so long as the accommodations are
reasonable and do not cause an undue hardship or fundamentally alter an academic
program. An individual’s specific request for
accommodation may not necessarily
be granted if there are other effective means of achieving the same result.
Individuals must communicate with university personnel to identify reasonable,
effective accommodations. In all instances, documentation will be required to
substantiate the need for an accommodation.
For students, you must contact
Resources at the Academic Success Center to initiate the accommodation
For employees, you should inform your supervisor of your need for
If you or your supervisor require additional assistance, contact
Human Resource Services or the
Office of Equal
Opportunity and Diversity.
Inquiries regarding ergonomics may be directed to
Environmental Health and
Modified Religious Accommodation Statement
In January of 2008, the Senate of the Government of the Student Body presented a resolution to the Faculty
Senate, Graduate and Professional Student Senate, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, and the
Dean of Students Office. The resolution asked that the absences and religious observances procedure and
policy be modified to include specific language regarding the impact of this policy on students and faculty.
The resolution was approved by and finalized by the Provost, Equal Opportunity and Diversity and University
Legal Counsel. The policy below is the result of great collaboration.
Iowa State University welcomes diversity of religious beliefs and practices, recognizing the contributions
differing experiences and viewpoints can bring to the community. There may be times when an academic or
work requirement conflicts with religious observances and practices. If that happens, students and
employees may request reasonable accommodation of their religious practices. In all cases, you must put your
request in writing. The instructor or supervisor will review the situation in an effort to provide a
reasonable accommodation when possible to do so without fundamentally altering a course or creating an
undue burden for the instructor, supervisor, or department.
For students, you should first discuss the conflict and your requested accommodation with your professor at
the earliest possible time. You or your instructor may also seek assistance from the
Dean of Students Office
or the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity.
For employees, you should inform your supervisor of the conflict and your requested accommodation at the
earliest possible time. You or your supervisor may also seek assistance from
Human Resources Services or
the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity.
For students and employees, it is advisable to confront any potential conflicts as early as possible
rather than waiting until the deadline or event is upon you, leaving everyone little time to plan and
consider alternatives in a comprehensive way. For students, this can be accomplished as soon as you receive
the course syllabus. If an accommodation is given, students and employees may be required to complete
coursework or work assignments in advance of an absence, which further demonstrates the need to address the
Instructors and employers should be aware that the time needed for a student’s or an employee’s accommodation
may extend beyond the length of the religious observation itself, including for the purposes of travel or to
complete missed coursework or work assignments. Instructors and employers should also be aware that religious
observances can vary widely not only between religions, but within them as well, which may call for different
kinds of accommodation.
If any student or employee feels that he or she has been discriminated against because of religion, he or she
may contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity and/or file a complaint under the
Discrimination and Harassment policy.
Modified Religious Accommodation Statement (PDF)