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FAQs - Office for Students with Disabilities

Student Questions

How can I receive accommodations?

In order to receive accommodations, students need to submit documentation to the Office for Students with Disabilities. For more information on documentation please see the Guidelines for Documentation.

Do I automatically receive accommodations with my IEP plan?

No, an IEP plan does not automatically qualify a student for accommodations. Additional documentation may be needed to determine eligibility. Please see Guidelines for Documentation.

Do I submit documentation of my disability with my admissions application?

No, submit your documentation of disability directly to the Office for Students with Disabilities.

Does your office handle special housing requests?

While our office will work with Residential Life to assist in special housing requests, all requests should be made directly with Residential Life.

How can I request additional accommodations?

If you believe that your current accommodations are not adequate please contact your counselor for a review of the documentation.

What do I do if I'm really struggling?

If you are struggling with coursework or other issues, contact your counselor. If we can't assist you with your problem, the Office for Students with Disabilities will connect you with a campus or community resource.

Do I need to use all of my accommodations for every class?

No, you can pick which accommodations you would like to use in each class. However, keep in mind that accommodations are not retroactive. For example, you cannot retake an exam after you have chosen not to use extended time.

How do I arrange for extended time and separate location?

Students who are approved for extended time and separate location for tests must first complete an Exam Schedule Form. Send the completed from to the Office for Students with disabilities.

Who is responsible for locating a volunteer peer note-taker?

Students may request that the instructor seek out a volunteer from the class to act as the note-taker. If the student makes this request it is the instructor's responsibility for locating a volunteer peer note-taker from the class.

Faculty and Staff Questions

A student gave me a letter stating that he/she needs accommodations. What is my responsibility as an instructor?

Your responsibility is to provide or facilitate the accommodations listed on the letter. If you are unsure how to provide the listed accommodations, talk to the student or contact the Office for Students with Disabilities for further assistance.

How can I learn more about a student's disability?

Due to student confidentiality we are unable to talk to staff and faculty about a student's individual disability without the student's permission. However, many times talking directly to the student about his or her needs can be more effective.

What do I do if a student with a disability fails to turn in assignments or misses class?

Respond to the student as you would any other student in class who has not turned in assignments or missed class.

Are accommodations really necessary? It seems unfair to the other students in the class.

Accommodations are designed to place students with disabilities on an "even playing field" with their peers. They are not designed to give students and unfair advantage over other students.

Do I need to sign an Exam Schedule Form for every test or exam?

Yes. Exams are only scheduled once our office has received a completed Exam Scheduling Form. This ensures that both the student and the professor have agreed upon a date and time of the exam.

How do I drop off an exam?

Please complete the Exam Drop off/Pick Up section of the Exam Scheduling Form and then deliver the exam to the Office for Students with Disabilities.

Who is responsible for locating a volunteer peer note-taker?

Students may request that the instructor seek out a volunteer from the class to act as the note-taker. If the student makes this request it is the instructor's responsibility for locating a volunteer peer note-taker from the class.

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