The Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) is committed to providing accommodations and services to qualified students with disabilities in order to reduce or eliminate any disadvantages that my occur as a result of an individual's disability. In determining reasonable accommodations, the University is guided by the federal definition of 'disability' that describes an individual with a disability as someone:
- who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual
- a record of such impairment; or
- is regarded as having such and impairment.
Any student with a disability may request accommodations. In order to establish disability status and eligibility for specific accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids/services, disability documentation is reviewed by the director and determinations of accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis based on the functional limitations of the disability.
Students requesting accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Support Services at the beginning of each semester (if not sooner) so that appropriate accommodations can be provided in a timely manner. Students are asked to complete a Student Intake which provides an opportunity to request specific accommodations.
Once the Student Intake form and appropriate documentation has been received, the Office of Disability Support Services will review the request and then meet with the student to discuss appropriate accommodations.