Disability Services Center

Appeal Procedure

Students are responsible for making timely requests for accommodations before each semester.  It is the University's goal to make a prompt and clear decision regarding a student's request for accommodation.   Students will receive written notification if the DSC must deny a requested accommodation and is unable to determine a reasonable alternative.

Reasons for denying specific accommodation requests:

  • Student is not a qualified student with a disability as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act or the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, as amended.
  • The accommodation is not based on documented individual need.
  • The accommodation constitutes a personal service or personal care.
  • The accommodation would change the essential nature of the program, service or activity.  
  • The accommodation would place an undue hardship on the University.

Students who feel that they been unfairly denied a reasonable accommodation should contact the Director of Equal Opportunity at 207-581-1226 or 711 (Maine Relay) or equal.opportunity@maine.edu.

Additional Resources

Visit the USM Office Equal Opportunity website

Confidentiality of Student Records Policy

Review the UMaine System Equal Opportunity Complaint Procedure.  The Equal Opportunity Complaint Procedure is not disability specific and may be used by any employee or student of the University of Maine System who believes that he or she has been discriminated against or harassed based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status or gender expression, national origin or citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veterans status. Sex discrimination complaints alleging discrimination based on marital status, pregnancy, or parental status may also be raised through this procedure.