Frequently Asked Questions
How do I register with the Office of Student Disability Services?
After I register with your office, do I need to come back in for services?
Students who wish to register with our office must submit appropriate documentation for their disability to our office for review. Please view the Documentation Requirements
link and/or stop by our office for guidelines and a copy of our Disclosure Form
to help you with this process. We need to have a signed copy of the Disclosure Form in addition to documentation appropriate to your disability to process your request for disability registration. After your documentation has been approved, you will receive a notice and an invitation to meet with us.
After registering with our office, students who wish to maintain their accommodations will need to schedule a brief check-in at the beginning of each semester. These are the only mandatory appointments for maintaining accommodations. Students registered with our office may make appointments as needed throughout the semester in addition to the semester check-ins.
Do I need to register with the office more than once?
Registration occurs after your documentation is approved, and you initially meet with us to determine appropriate accommodations. This only occurs once, and from that point forward you are “registered” with us. However, in order to maintain accommodations you must schedule a brief check-in with our office at the beginning of each academic semester for which you need accommodations. These are the only mandatory appointments for maintaining accommodations. Students registered with our office may make appointments as needed throughout the semester in addition to the semester check-ins.
If I register with a disability, will it be on my transcript?
What are typical academic accommodations?
No. Files in our office are kept separate from academic records. For more information, go to the Confidentiality
I need some help with my disability, but I don’t want everyone to know that I have a disability, what should I do?
Accommodations are determined based on your specific disability, the documentation that you provide, your expressed needs and our determination of what would be most helpful and appropriate. The accommodation provided will be directly related to your documented disability. Go to the Academic Accommodations
link for more information.
What do I do if I have a temporary disability such as a broken arm or leg?
Many students have difficulty asking for help, especially when they fear this will somehow label them or draw unwanted attention. Due to our office structure, just as many non-disabled students come to our office as disabled students. While your professors will know that you receive academic accommodations, they will not be made aware of your disability. We take every measure to ensure your privacy. However, it is important that you get the help that you need. If you have more questions about this, please contact the associate director and/or visit the Confidentiality
If your temporary disability significantly impacts your ability to be successful academically, you may choose to register with our office. You will need to provide documentation to our office to accomplish this. Please speak with the associate director to clarify what is needed.
I need a tutor for my class. Does your office provide this?
You can find tutors for many subjects at the Academic Center for Excellence. Stop by the Academic Success Center, located in North Walker Hall, for an up-to-date schedule of tutors and subjects. Depending on what subjects you need help in, you may also visit the Speech Center, Language Lab and Saunders Writing Center.
I have an IEP from high school. Will this be enough documentation to register with your office?
Why does your office need documentation?
The Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is not sufficient documentation to register with our office. We will need medical and/or psychological documentation and/or testing completed by a licensed professional. The law that pertains to accommodations changes when you turn 18 to the Americans with Disabilities Act. An IEP is not used in college. Please see our Documentation Requirements
page for more information.
Our office is responsible to both students with disabilities and to the law. We must establish that a student has a disability according to the law, and documentation is the way we do this.
I have depression/anxiety, are there any services for me?
Our office serves students with all forms of disability, including anxiety and depression. While we do not provide personal counseling, we can assist you in areas where your disability impacts your academics. Documentation by a psychologist or psychiatrist is needed to determine if you qualify for accommodations. Even if you don’t register with us, we encourage you to obtain support through the Health and Wellness Center and/or an outside agency.
In high school someone helped me organize my homework/projects. Does your office do this?
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, our office is not required to provide access to homework. This is considered the student’s responsibility to manage. We do have a Coaching for Student Success Program that students may find beneficial. You also may be interested in taking an academic skills class, taught by the director and associate director of the Academic Center for Excellence, for a crash course on college survival skills.
Do I have to take my exams/tests in the office of student disability services?
The short answer is no. Alternative testing is a common accommodation as many disabilities impact testing. We do provide testing in our office for students registered with a disability and who are entitled to testing accommodations. Many students elect to take their tests in the Testing Center as it is distraction-reduced. However, you must have registered with our office for the semester in which you are using your accommodations and have given us at least three business days’ notice. This notice allows us the time necessary to contact your professor and arrange to have a copy of the exam on the day and time it is due. Not all tests and quizzes may require a trip to our office, and scheduling them remains your responsibility. If you or your professor has any questions regarding testing accommodations, please contact our office.
My friend has a note-taker through disability services. Why can’t I have one?
Appropriate accommodations are determined based upon the documentation that you submit, your request, and the recommendations made by our disability consultant. We grant accommodations that are necessary under the Americans with Disabilities Act, while also maintaining the integrity of the university, and will grant accommodations as appropriate to your specific disability and circumstance. Therefore, it is possible that two students who have the same disability have different accommodations. If you have questions about your accommodations, please make an appointment to speak with the associate director.
How can I get copies of my documentation?
Once you have submitted documentation to our office, we generlly cannot release that information to anyone, including you. We strongly recommend you make a copy of your documentation prior to submitting it to our office, in case you need it in the future. You need to be familiar with what your documentation says so you can effectively communicate your needs. If you have already submitted documentation, you will generally need to contact the source of the documentation for another copy.