Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, an individual with a disability is defined as:
To request disability support services, please contact the Office of Accessibility.
Documentation of a disability is required to determine eligibility. Students are encouraged to submit documentation as early as possible and prior to the start of the semester so that accommodations can be designed and implemented in a timely manner. Accommodations are not retroactive.
Office of Accessibility Guidelines & Procedures (PDF)
Accessibility Student Intake Form (PDF)
Disability-related information provided to the DSS office is considered an educational record and falls under the protection of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Under this federal act, prior written consent by the student is required before DSS may release disability documentation or records.
FERPA does permit the DSS office to share information about the impact of a disability and accommodation eligibility with other University school officials who have a legitimate educational interest. Please understand that the University takes confidentiality very seriously and will not share any information unless there is a legitimate educational interest.