Accessible Furniture Policy
Some students may need accessible furniture (desks, chairs, tables, etc.) in certain classrooms on campus.
- Students must be registered with the DRC office and provide appropriate documentation from their treating physician verifying they are unable to use existing furniture. Documentation should specify the medical condition and disability resulting in a need for accessible furniture and discuss the way in which the furniture accommodates their need(s).
- Once a student who needs accessible furniture registers for the upcoming semester, s/he should physically check out each classroom where the class is scheduled to meet. If doing this proves difficult for the student due to mobility or pain issues, then the student should email or call the DRC office to request that the DRC Office assess the classrooms for his/her furniture access needs
- Students requesting furniture accommodations must make an Accommodations Appointment and meet with one of the DRC Staff to request the accommodation AT LEAST ONE WEEK BEFORE THE SEMESTER BEGINS. At this appointment we will need the room numbers where the accessible furniture will be utilized. The DRC Office needs at least one week advance notice to ensure that the accessible furniture is in place for the first day of class. We will make every effort to accommodate late requests but cannot guarantee that the furniture will be in place for the first day of class.
- If it is necessary to purchase furniture for the student, there will be an additional delay. Due to University purchasing procedures, furniture is ordered through specific vendors; DRC will work diligently to help ensure prompt fulfillment of the request. For these reasons, it is extremely important that students who believe they will need accessible furniture make their requests and provide documentation as soon as possible. Delay in making the request may result in delay in provision of service.
- DRC will inform faculty regarding the placement of the specific furniture in the classroom and priority use by the student with a disability during class/lab hours.
- Students should bring their own cushions or orthopedic support as needed to use in the classroom. The University is not responsible for personal items left in the classroom.
- Accessible furniture provided by DRC is not prescriptive in nature and should be considered only as a means to improve classroom access.
- If there are any problems with the furniture (the furniture is missing from the room, it is constantly being moved, etc.), then it is the student’s responsibility to notify the DRC office immediately at (678) 466-5445 to rectify the problem.