The Disability Services Office coordinates all accommodations
for students on campus. The coordinator of Disability
works with students on an individual basis to review
documentation to establish whether a student is disabled,
needed, reasonable accommodations, and assist in following
the procedures outlined in this Handbook.
The Disability Services Office is also a resource for faculty and staff. The DSO offers a proctoring service for testing accommodations. This service is available for faculty who are not able to provide accommodations. In addition, the coordinator of Disability Services is available for consultation on a case-by-case basis. Finally, the Disability Services Office works directly with Physical Plant to provide accommodations that may require physical adaptations to the campus
environment. Faculty and staff who are impacted by accommodations will be notified as needed.
Reasonable accommodations allow students with disabilities
to maximize their potential by overcoming disability-related
barriers and functional limitations, without requiring a
substantial change in curriculum or alteration of a
significant element of
the University's academic program. Reasonable accommodations
may include direct services, academic adjustments, or
physical accessibility. An accommodation is not considered
reasonable and does not have to be made if the person with a
disability poses a direct threat to the health or safety of
others, or if the requested accommodation would impose an
burden on the University.
The determination of whether a request constitutes a “reasonable accommodation” may be impacted by the specific nature of
the course for which the student requires accommodation. Any concerns regarding the reasonableness of an accommodation should be addressed through discussions between the Disability Services Office, the faculty member who is teaching the course in question, and the student who is requesting an accommodation.
Full-time and part-time undergraduate and graduate students
with documented disabilities are eligible for services
the Disability Services Office and reasonable accommodations from the University.
Types of Disabilities:
Physical Disabilities: This category includes, but is not limited to, students with hearing impairments, visual impairments, mobility limitations, and individuals with chronic illnesses such as Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, HIV/AIDS, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, whose impairments create a substantial limitation on a major life activity.
Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorder: This category includes, but is not limited to, students with impairments that impact auditory processing, visual processing, short-term and long-term memory, attention, comprehension, and/or fine and gross motor integration, whose impairments create a substantial limitation on a major life activity.
Psychological Disabilities: Individuals with chronic mental disorders or long-term anxiety disorders may be eligible for services from the Disability Services Office, if their impairments create a substantial limitation on a major life activity.
Temporary Disabilities: Although these students are not afforded the same rights as those with permanent disabilities, the University is committed to working with these students to help them succeed without fundamentally altering the requirements of a course or program. Students who may fall into this category are students with recent head trauma, an extended non-chronic illness, or students undergoing treatment, e.g., Chemotherapy.
While the University provides reasonable accommodations to students at no cost, students are required to work with the Disability Services Office to obtain funding from outside agencies, when necessary.
Yes. The first step to opening a file in the Disability Services Office is to schedule an appointment with the coordinator of Disability Services.
Yes. All information is maintained as confidential to the extent required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). When a student requests an accommodation, the administrators and faculty involved will be notified of the nature of the student's disability (if necessary) and possible accommodations with the student's permission.
Disability Services Office