Alternative Media Request Form for Canvas, Course Reserves, and Other Non-Textbook Materials

The Alternative Media Program

This program provides eligible students textbooks, media, and classroom materials in an alternative, accessible format. It is essential that students meet with their DRC counselor and complete the appropriate Alternative Media Request form(s) well in advance of the first day of classes to ensure timely delivery of materials.

All materials provided by the DRC are for the student's personal educational use.  These materials may only be used for as long as the student maintains access to their course materials.

Alternative Media Policy for Requesting Non-Textbook Materials

Students are required to fill out their Alternative Media Request forms electronically each semester (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer), noting every class in which Alternative Media services are requested. Students are encouraged to attend their initial class meetings and review their syllabi before requesting non-textbook materials.

Students requesting textbooks for their online classes are required to submit the Textbook Request Form.


Students are required to provide the DRC Alternative Media Program with their class syllabi containing course and textbook information within the first two weeks of the semester, either electronically or in person.  If the syllabus does not contain a course outline with reading due dates, students are responsible for informing the Alternative Media Program of any upcoming reading due dates as soon as possible.  

Once students submit their non-textbook request form, the DRC will begin processing online materials by syllabus due dates.  The Alternative Media Program will check each course's online components (WebCampus, Course Reserves, etc.) approximately once per week for these materials.  If the student becomes aware that their professor is posting new materials, or if the syllabus changes, they are responsible for notifying the DRC Alternative Media Program.

Alternative Media Delivery

The DRC will deliver all requested course materials via online download. Students will receive notification of new material availability through email.  Due to issues with third-party email platforms, the DRC cannot guarantee delivery of alternative media emails to any email address other than a Nevada student email address (  For this reason, students are required to activate and use their UNR student emails

Students who wish to receive materials by other methods (CD, flash drive, Braille, etc.) should contact the Alternative Media Program directly.  The Alternative Media Program will notify students by email when these materials are available for pick-up.

Materials will be available for 14 calendar days. If students do not regularly access materials during this period, the Alternative Media Program will place subsequent materials on hold.  Processing of new materials will only resume after the student contacts their DRC counselor.