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Disability Support Services

The office of disability support services delivers services designed to assist students in full participation in college life.

The office’s mission is consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

After a student discloses the nature of her or his disability, the Director of Disability Support Services works with her or him to arrange reasonable accommodations. All shared information is confidential and will not be released without a student’s written consent.

Services Offered

  • Designated parking areas equipped with curb cuts and ramps located close to classroom buildings and residence halls
  • Accessible housing
  • Alternative testing arrangements as needed (e.g. extended time, use of a computer, distraction-free environment, oral testing)
  • Advocacy
  • Counseling
  • Meal plan accommodations
  • Access to recorded books
  • Referral to appropriate services (on or off campus)
  • Taping of lectures

Services can be accessed when a student provides the Director of Disability Support Services with documentation from a certified professional (e.g. director of special education, audiologist, psychologist, licensed counselor, physician) that describes the specific disability and the accommodations needed. This information should not be more than three years old and must be sent directly to the Director of Disability Support Services.

After the submission of paperwork, the student will be contacted by the Director of Disability Support Services for a one-on-one meeting. An appropriate accommodation plan will be developed to share with professors.

It is the student’s responsibility to share the accommodation plan with appropriate faculty members and to see that an accommodation plan is developed each semester by the second week of class.

Temporary Accommodations Policy

To receive accommodations and services, current medical documentation must be provided. This includes all testing done within the last three years, excluding IEP’s. If a student is in the process of updating documentation, service may be provided for one semester at the discretion of the director of disability support services. If current and appropriate medical documentation is not received prior to the beginning of the second semester, services will not be provided until the appropriate documentation is received.

An exception may be granted if the student can provide documentation stating that an appointment was made for testing within one week of receiving temporary accommodations. Furthermore, the student must attend the appointment for psycho-educational testing at the scheduled time. 

Procedure

  1. Student comes to DSS and requests temporary accommodations.
  2. Temporary accommodations are granted with the understanding that an appointment for psycho-educational testing must be scheduled within one week.
  3. Upon scheduling an appointment for psycho-educational testing, student obtains written confirmation of scheduled appointment from the licensed practitioner/testing center.
  4. Student provides written documentation of scheduled appointment to DSS within one week. This must be on official letterhead of the testing center or licensed practitioner.
  5. In the event that a student is on a wait-list for testing, temporary accommodations may be extended one semester if the student follows the proper procedure, and also schedules an appointment with DSS requesting extended accommodations.
  6. If appointment for testing is not kept, Temporary Accommodations will not be renewed.