Guidelines for Reasonable Accommodations for Arithmetic Computation

For students who have a learning disability that impacts arithmetic computation, using a simple calculator may be a reasonable accommodation. Faculty are responsible for contacting Disability Access Services (DAS) if they are concerned that the accommodation is unreasonable because of a belief that the accommodation will lower standards, comprise an essential component of or fundamentally alter a course or program. The determination that an accommodation is unreasonable is an institutional decision that must meet legal and educational requirements. Faculty members should consult DAS before deciding against implementation of an accommodation. Additional information about reasonable and unreasonable accommodations can be found in the DAS Faculty & Staff Guidelines.


  • DAS will consider requests for use of a calculator on a case-by-case basis
  • If approved, faculty will be notified by the notification letter emailed by DAS.
  • Faculty should contact DAS if they have any concerns regarding this accommodation.
  • The student must meet with the faculty to determine the type of calculator permitted for the exam and which exam(s) calculator usage will be permitted on.
  • Students must select this accommodation when scheduling exams.
  • Given the specific analysis for each course, it is entirely possible that the use of a calculator will be allowed for some exams, and not for others.
  • Review the guidelines for reasonable accommodation for arithmetic computation.

Page Updated 10/2014