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Modification of Requirement

Requesting a modification:

  • For students seeking a modification of the Swim Requirement due to a disability, they must make their request through Student Disability Services before any substitution, adaptation, or postponement will be considered.
  • When meeting with SDS, please review their documentation guidelines to understand what documentation they require. The Physical Education Office will adapt the swim requirement to the individual needs of a student with a disability whenever possible. 
  • Complete the online Disability Self-Disclosure and Request for Access Accommodations Form.
  • Please Note: Part of the disability accommodation determination process may result in you and an SDS representative meeting with PE staff to discuss reasonable modifications.
  • If modifications do not prove an effective means for meeting the swim requirement, PE will advise on the next steps to satisfy the swim requirement.

For non-disability related modifications, please email 

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