Section 504.104.44 (a) specifically states that "substitution of specific courses required for the completion of degree requirements" is a legitimate academic adjustment. Such accommodations are made only when it is clear that the student's disability makes completion of the requirement impossible and that such an accommodation does not alter the integrity of the academic program. Any requests for substitutions will be considered on an individual basis.
Process for Requesting Substitutions
Step 1: The student will complete the Course Substitution Request Form, and deliver it to the Director of Disability Services (DSO).
Waivers are illogical adjustments and, as such, not reasonable accommodations. Institutions are not required to eliminate or substantially alter standards for any requirements that they can demonstrate are legitimate, reasonable and necessary ... if it is an essential requirement for some, it most certainly should be considered an essential requirement for all ... if the program requirement is, in fact, reasonable, legitimate, reasonable and essential, there can be no justification for requiring nondisabled individuals to meet it while relieving similarly situated individuals with disabilities of the responsibility to do so. In general, the courses are designed to meet the criteria of being reasonable and necessary. Any consideration of a waiver would be an extreme situation that must have impeccable documentation. The coordinator will assist the student and make recommendations to the department chair and dean in determining an acceptable alternative or substitution.
Grievances - Internal Complaint
Students are encouraged to discuss their concerns with staff in Disability Services Office (DSO). DSO staff will attempt to resolve the issues causing concern by assisting the student in discussing issues with the faculty member, department, or program, participating in such discussions, or calling the faculty member and/or head of the department in an effort to clarify and resolve issues. Most situations are positively resolved through this process. If a satisfactory resolution is still not reached, the student should notify the Office of Affirmative Action where grievance procedures are filed for all students, including students with disabilities.
Disability Services Office
Affirmative Action Office
Grievances-- External (OCR) Complaints
Although the student is encouraged to attempt to resolve a grievance within the campus process, he or she has the right to file any grievance directly to the Office of Civil Rights at any time.
The Statute of Limitations for filing a complaint with OCR is 180 days from the time the incident occurred. Forms may be obtained from the ADA compliance director, the Disability Services Office or online at www.ed.gov/ocr/ .
The OCR office for New Mexico is located at:
Rights and Responsibilities
Rights and Responsibilities of Students
In addition to notifying and documenting the need for accommodation(s), students with disabilities also have the following rights and responsibilities:
Rights and responsibilities of the institution and the Disability Services Office: