Requesting Accommodations

The purpose of academic accommodations is to assure there is equal access to and the opportunity to benefit from all educational programs of The University of Colorado Anschutz. These accommodations are granted in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American’s with Disabilities Act of 1990. This is a university-wide responsibility and is shared by the faculty, staff, and students and includes the implementation of accommodations in the classroom.

Requesting Access Consultations

Contact the office to arrange for an access consultation with one of our coordinators

As part of the process for engaging with ODAI we ask that you schedule an access consultation. You can complete this consultation prior to the application, for example, if you want to clarify questions before completing the forms. If you are applying to one of our programs you are also welcome to contact the office for a brief Q/A about how we work as a community to ensure access for our learners. You can schedule an access meeting through our “book me now” system or by emailing our office at or contacting us by phone at 303 724 8428.

Schedule an Appointment

Document Guidelines

The Office of Disability, Access, & Inclusion conducts individualized assessments of accommodation requests that include the review of relevant documentation. We emphasize the value of the student’s experience, history, and perspective in conjunction with the review of supporting medical documentation, and therefore meet with every student before finalizing accommodation plans.

Accommodation on Board Exams

How to Engage with ODAI

Complete an online access form and upload documentation.

We welcome the opportunity to engage in a discussion about your individual access needs. To begin the process, we ask that you complete a short form: ODAI form that includes demographic and program information, as well as a short section on your disability and prior experiences with utilizing accommodations.

A note about privacy:

This information comes directly to our office and no one outside of the ODAI office will see this request. As well, submitting this form is only 1 step in the process. You can discontinue the process at any time and completing this form does not automatically enroll you in our office or necessitate the use of accommodations.

Documentation Requirements:

Documentation Guidelines are delineated by category of disability guidelines in the context of post-secondary education, documentation should provide ODAI with a basic understanding of your disability with sufficient information to identify barriers and formulate potential accommodations for didactic courses, clinical assessment, and other professional requirements like board exams.

What if I do not have documentation or have not been diagnosed with a disability?

If you suspect you have a disability but do not have documentation, we encourage you to continue with the process and make an appointment to discuss your concerns with the access coordinator.

Contact the office to arrange for an access consultation with one of our coordinators

Once you have completed the access form and uploaded any documentation, we ask that you complete Step 2, which is to contact the ODAI office to arrange an access consultation with one of our coordinators. You can schedule an access meeting through our “book me now” system or by emailing our office at ODAI Email Address or contacting us by phone at 303 724 8428

Schedule an Appointment

Meet with an access coordinator

Once the form is complete, and any documentation has been uploaded you will engage in an access meeting. This personalized meeting will begin the interactive process designed to identify access concerns and remove barriers.

During this meeting, your access coordinator will ask about how your disability impacts you across different settings including the educational, laboratory, and simulation settings. They will also inquire about your access concerns for clinical spaces and let you know about required professional exams specific to your program, referred to as “high-stakes” exams, and the external process for requesting accommodations for these exams.  

During this meeting, your access consultant will also review your documentation, attempt to understand your disability-related needs, and will discuss potential reasonable accommodations or modifications.

Your privacy is important to us. Please note that all communication with our office is private and any documentation submitted to our office is stored separately from any program personnel. More about our privacy practices here: Privacy

We are excited to welcome you to CU Anschutz and look forward to partnering with you on this educational journey.

- The ODAI team  


Rights and Responsibilities


  • To an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from courses, programs, services, or activities offered through the college;
  • To an equal opportunity to work, to learn, and to receive reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services;
  • To appropriate confidentiality of disability-related information except as disclosures are required/permitted by law;
  • To information, reasonably available, in accessible formats;
  • To file an informal or formal complaint or grievance if a violation of rights is suspected.


  • To meet qualifications and maintain essential institutional standards for courses, programs, services, or activities;
  • To self-identify as an individual with a disability and request accommodation(s) in a timely manner
  • To demonstrate and/or document (from a licensed professional) how the disability limits participation in courses, programs, services, or activities;
  • To follow operational procedures for obtaining information, services, and reasonable accommodations;
  • To contact an Office of Disability, Access, & Inclusion staff member if reasonable accommodations are not implemented in a timely manner.


  • To request and receive documentation that supports current requests for reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary services;
  • To evaluate and/or identify functional limitations of the student’s disability to determine appropriate academic adjustments and accommodations needed for courses, programs, services, and university activities;
  • To deny a request for reasonable accommodation, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary services if the documentation demonstrates that they are not warranted or if the individual fails to provide appropriate documentation;
  • To select among equally effective, reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services;
  • To deny a request for an unreasonable accommodation, adjustment, and/or auxiliary service or one that imposes an undue hardship or fundamental alteration of a program or activity of the university;


  • To ensure that qualified students receive accommodation and/or academic adjustments for courses, programs, activities, and services in the most integrated and appropriate settings;
  • To provide information, upon request, to students with disabilities in accessible formats;
  • To evaluate each request for an accommodation on an individual basis
  • To maintain appropriate confidentiality of records and communication except where disclosures are permitted/required by law.