Requesting Reasonable Accommodations
- Student must be admitted and/or enrolled in the University. This does not prohibit potential students from requesting information on programs, services, and activities.
- Student is responsible for initiating contact with the Disability Support Services Office. Please fill out our student profile form and schedule an appointment for an intake interview.
- The University encourages students to apply for funding through resource agencies that assist specific disabilities.
Students with disabilities or suspected disabilities meet with Disability Support Services, confidentially is a first step in arranging reasonable program accommodations.
The DSS Accommodation Specialist verifies the disability and determines how functional limitations affect academic work. This is accomplished through discussion with the student and review of documentation. Students with insufficient documentation may be referred to physicians, psychologists or other qualified diagnosticians for complete assessment before modifications are granted.
After the disability and its functional limitations are verified, DSS provides information about the various reasonable modifications which address the student's functional limitations.
The student then chooses the reasonable accommodations that best apply in a given course or semester. Frequently, students arrange follow-up meetings with the Accommodation Specialist. The office is available to assist with ongoing problem solving.
Once the student is assigned accommodations in SharePoint, the student needs to meet with each professor to discuss new accommodations. It is the responsibility of the student to meet with the professor and discuss accommodations. DSS does not send any info regarding new accommodations, once the student identifies to the professor, the professor will need to sign into SharePoint to view and discuss the assigned accommodations.
A student can identify with DSS at any time during a quarter, if this happens, the student still needs to meet with each professor to arrange accommodations.
Documentation of Disability and Policies
- Student is responsible for providing documentation from a professional service provider that includes description of the disability, names and results of tests administered (if appropriate), effect of the disability on students access to university programs, services, and activities, and suggestions for specific accommodations that would provide equal access to University programs, services, and activities.
- Please review the requirements for specific disabilities on our Policy page.
- Documentation is kept in student's confidential file in the Disability Support Services Office.
- Diagnosis is subject to verification by the University.
- It is the responsibility of the student to meet with the professor and discuss accommodations. A student can identify with DSS at any time during a quarter, if this happens, the student still needs to meet with each professor to arrange accommodations.