Student Disability Services works with students with disabilities to obtain documentation which assists in determining eligibility for accommodations. Eligibility for reasonable and appropriate accommodations is based on current, comprehensive documentation of disability. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain and provide this information in a timely manner.
By sending the most comprehensive information possible, you will help us to avoid delays in the processing of your documentation. Documentation should provide a basic understanding of the individual’s disability and enough information to anticipate how the current impact of the disability is expected to interact with the University’s structure of courses, testing methods, program requirements, etc. Simply providing documentation does not ensure students will be eligible. Documentation will be used to determine what is reasonable and appropriate for the individual, including history of accommodations and services used in the past.
Student Disability Services prefers documentation be provided in English. Documentation received in a language other than English may delay the accommodation process and may require third party translation. Please contact our office as early as possible for a case by case consultation regarding non-English documentation.
Accommodations are adaptations and changes made to elements of a student's postsecondary program that help to compensate for the student's impairment(s) and provide equal access to students with disabilities. Here are the basics:
For more specific information about accommodations see Accommodations for Students.
A student who has a temporary illness (e.g. cold or flu), or is recovering from surgery not based on a long-term condition would not be considered to have a disability.