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Disability Services

Accommodations

The University will provide services and accommodations as mandated by the ADA and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.  Because each disability and the particular circumstances surrounding each request are unique, it is impossible to predict what accommodations might be provided to any particular student.  A few examples of services and accommodations, which might be available to certain qualified individuals, include:

  • Accommodation Letters to give to Professors
  • Note takers
  • Priority registration
  • Extended Time on Exams
  • Distraction Reduced Exam Rooms
  • Materials in Alternative Text (e.g. books on CD, digital text, etc.)
  • American Sign Language interpreters
  • Real-Time Captioning
  • Use of an Assistive Listening Device

The above list of services is not exhaustive, nor are these services guaranteed. You must make your requests for particular accommodations in a timely manner. The amount of time considered appropriate depends on the type of accommodation. Please refer to a DSO staff member to determine what is considered timely for all accommodation requests.

Of course, whether your requested accommodation will be provided will depend on the nature and functional limitations of your disability, the particular class or classes you take, and the burden that the accommodation would place on the University in terms of resources as well as whether the accommodation would fundamentally disturb or alter the nature of the service provided.

SERVICES AND ACCOMMODATIONS ARE AUTHORIZED ON THE BASIS OF YOUR DISABILITY AND SPECIFIC FUNCTIONAL LIMITATIONS

If you would like to know whether the University has in its possession any particular software, adaptive technology, or other piece of equipment, please make your inquiry as specific as possible and the DSO will inform you whether such an item is currently owned by the University or available for its use. Please know, however, that the University is willing--when required by Section 504 and the ADA--to purchase additional equipment in order to provide reasonable accommodation to its students with disabilities.

Students must designate their service needs on the "Service Request Form" and submit their list of classes to the Disability Services Office at least one week prior to the first day of classes.

Please Note:

Tutoring services are not offered through the DSO. However any tutoring that is provided by the University and is available to all students (e.g. Writing Lab, tutors sponsored by various departments, etc.) must be reasonably accessible to persons with disabilities. The DSO can assist in locating a tutor for students who have their own resources to pay for personal tutoring.