Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the first step to obtaining disability services?
The first step is to contact the Academic Success Center and self-identify.
- What documentation is needed to receive disability services?
Students wishing to receive disability services must self-identify and provide proper documentation to the Academic Success Center. Such documentation includes individual education plans, psychological assessments, and/or medical records. These reports must validate the disabling condition.
- What types of accommodations are available?
A variety of services are available. Some of the examples are extended time on tests, isolated test administration, books on CD, and a reader for exams. For a complete list of accommodations please contact the Academic Success Center.
- How do my instructors know what services I am eligible to receive?
Once the student meets with the Educational Counselor in the Academic Success Center and a plan for accommodations has been established, the next step is the notification of faculty and staff. Letters are written to notify the instructors that, "John Doe is a student in your (specified) class that has a documented disability." The letter further elaborates on what accommodations are necessary for that student.
- How frequently do I need to update my disability file?
Student disability files must be updated prior to the start of a new semester. In order to do so the student must complete a re-activation form requesting accommodations for another semester and provide a copy of the semester schedule to the Academic Counselor in the Academic Success Center.
- Are there any special guidelines that need to be followed throughout the semester?
Students who are requesting alternative test accommodations must schedule their tests with the Academic Success Center two days prior to the exam and notify faculty. If the two day notice is not given there is no guarantee that the accommodations can be granted.
- As a student with a disability leaving high school and entering postsecondary education, will I see differences in my rights and how they are addressed?
Yes. Several of the requirements that apply through high school are different from the requirements that apply beyond high school. Unlike your high school, your postsecondary school is not required to provide free appropriate public education. Rather, your postsecondary school is required to provide appropriate academic adjustments as necessary to ensure that it does not discriminate on the basis of disability. In addition, if the postsecondary school provides housing to nondisabled students, it must provide comparable, convenient, and accessible housing to students with disabilities at the same cost.
- Where is the office of disability services located?
The Disability Services Coordinator's office is located in Clark Hall.
- Can changes be made to services I receive?
Yes, you can meet with the Disability Services Coordinator if you need your accommodations adjusted.