ODS Rights & Responsibilities

Princeton University is committed to providing students with disabilities equal access to the exceptional education opportunities and programs available at Princeton. After reviewing clinical documentation, the Office of Disability Services (ODS), in concert with the student, determines reasonable accommodations for eligible students. ODS carefully considers the documentation and recommendations provided by students’ treatment providers and assesses them within the context of Princeton University. ODS cannot approve accommodations that would fundamentally alter the nature of the University’s education opportunities and programs or that would impose an undue burden on the University.

ODS Responsibilities:

  • Review requests for accommodation and documentation submitted and respond in a timely manner regarding its determination.
  • Maintain confidentiality of student documentation and communications.
  • Provide reasonable academic, physical, and technological accommodations for students in university sponsored courses, programs and activities.
  • Act in accordance with Federal and State laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability.

ODS Rights:

  • Require appropriate, professional documentation demonstrating the nature and extent of the functional limitations caused by a condition.
  • Deny a request for accommodations for reasons such as failure to submit required documentation, or where the documentation does not indicate that the accommodation is necessary.
  • Refuse a request for an unreasonable accommodation or one which would alter an essential element of a course or degree.
  • Discuss specific disability-related information with Princeton faculty or staff on a need-to-know basis in order to perform its functions. For example, information may be released to first aid personnel or Public Safety for emergency planning and response.

Release disability information to a third party with the signed consent of the student (see Confidentiality).