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Applying for Services

Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact Disability Support Services (DSS) prior to or upon enrollment at the University. Students must complete the Application for Services and provide documentation as needed (see documentation guidelines). Requests for services and accommodations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and must relate specifically to the student’s disability. DSS staff may act as a liaison regarding any disability accommodations.

Application for services WORD FileApplication for services PDF FileDisability-Related Housing & Dietary Requests

Deadlines

Requests for services and accommodations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and must relate directly to the documented disability. DSS staff may act as a liaison regarding any disability accommodations, which may include coordinating with appropriate faculty, staff or other campus officials.

There is no “deadline” for asking for many academic accommodations, however, the University reserves the right to have sufficient (“timely”) notice to make appropriate determinations, and to properly implement those accommodations. The following requests do have published priority deadlines:

  • Accessible housing assignments
  • Dietary/meal plan modifications
  • Alternate format materials
  • Requests for interpreting or real-time captioning
  • Test proctoring

All accommodations requests will be reviewed whenever submitted, however, a lack of timely notice may delay the approval or the implementation of an accommodation.  Please note that priority deadlines may be modified as necessary and will always be published online.

Common Accommodations

Accommodations and services may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Extended time on tests and exams
  • Distraction-reduced testing
  • Notetaking support
  • Accessible technology (hardware, software, media, etc.)
  • Permission to use calculator or a computer for testing
  • Accessible housing assignments
  • Dietary/meal plan modifications
  • Sign Language Interpreting/Captioning
  • Alternate format texts and materials (E-text, PDF, audio, Braille, etc)
  • Assistive listening system (FM system)
  • Accessible “handicapped” parking (year long and temporary)
  • Reasonable modification of attendance or tardy policies
  • Priority registration

Note: Accommodations are not retroactive, nor should they alter essential elements of the course or program of study.  Students should contact DSS immediately if they experience difficulty in the accommodation process.