Full Time Status with a Reduced Course Load
Disability Services for Students (DSS) may recommend full time status while enrolled in less
than 12 credits hours as a reasonable accommodation for a student whose disability adversely affects
his/her ability to complete the number of credit hours required for full time status. The disability
must be significant enough that it precludes the student from carrying a full time course load
in a designated semester. In addition, the reduced course load must not affect the academic
integrity of the program in which the student is enrolled. The accommodation will no longer
be in effect if the student drops any of the specific courses or falls below the number of
Full time status with a reduced course load is defined as not less than 9 credits. In addition,
the student is entitled to all the services, benefits, honors, rights and privileges of full time
status at the University of North Dakota (UND), except for situations controlled by external
entities not bound by this policy. When granted a reduced course load accommodation, the student
must meet the same academic requirements and standards for satisfactory academic progress that
apply to other UND students.
- Request the accommodation in a timely manner.
- Provide the necessary documentation and/or information* for DSS to make a
reasonable accommodation determination.
- Follow the DSS policy and procedure regarding full time status with a reduced course load.
- Notify DSS if there is a need to drop below the number of approved courses.
- Verify the student has a disability, as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
and the Americans With Disabilities Amendments Act.
- Determine whether the student’s disability is severe enough to qualify for this status as a
- Notify the student and the UND official that the request has been approved as a reasonable
- Notify the student and DSS of the final decision.
- Implement the accommodation.
* Confidentiality of disability information is protected by the Americans With Disabilities Amendments Act and records pertaining to the reduced course load/full time status are subject to FERPA regulations.