What is a Letter of Accommodations?
A Letter of Accommodations (LOA) is a document provided by the Office of Disability Services that explains to faculty the reasonable accommodations to be provided to a student. The Letter of Accommodations is given to students who have met all of the following criteria:
- Submitted appropriate documentation to verify their disability.
- Met with a representative from the Office of Disability Services.
- Have been approved as an individual who is covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.
- Are eligible to receive reasonable accommodations at Rutgers University.
The letter contains course accommodations recommended by the Office of Disability Services based on the student's disability. You can learn more by watching a brief video that describes what a Letter of Accommodation is. Remember that the Letter of Accommodations is just the first step in implementing your accommodations. You may still need to complete other request forms (such as a notetaking or exam request form) in order to actually receive your accommodations.
How do I request my Letter of Accommodations?
Students who have been approved to receive a letter of accommodations must submit a Letter of Accommodations Request Form. Every student seeking course accommodations is required to fill out the LOA Form every semester they require accommodations. You can learn more by watching a brief video on how to request your LOA.
How do I submit my Letter of Accommodations to my professors?
It is the student’s responsibility to submit their Letter of Accommodation (LOA) to their professor(s). The student can provide their LOA to their professor in person or via email as an attachment. We encourage each student to request confirmation when submitting LOA via email.
It is important that the student and professor have a clear understanding of what is agreed upon regarding the use and implementation of these accommodations.
Students are encouraged to submit their LOA to their professor as early in the semester as possible. However, it should be understood that under some circumstances (e.g.., student was approved for accommodations later in the semester, student was recently diagnosed) the student may submit their letter later in the semester.
Students with questions regarding their Letters of Accommodations should contact their coordinator. You can learn more by watching a brief video on how to share your LOA with your professor.