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Disability Resource Center

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Q:  What is the process for registering as a student with a disability with the DRC?

A:  Students should submit disability documentation to the DRC and schedule an initial meeting with a DRC staff member to register and/or receive academic accommodations.

 

Q:  What are the disability documentation requirements?

A:  It depends on the disability.  Please see below:

  • Learning Disability (Psychological and Educational evaluations as well as IEP or 504 Plan)
  • ADHD (Psychological and Educational evaluations & IEP or 504 Plan and/or verification document)
  • Mental Health (Please have your Psychiatrist complete the verification document)
  • Medical (Please have your specialist complete the verification document)

 

Q:  Will I have the same accommodations I had in high school?

A:  Not necessarily.  The goal of accommodations in higher education is to promote equal access and opportunity.  Thus, accommodation decisions are made on a case-by-case basis with reference to specific functional limitations.  A plan will be made for academic accommodations by the student and DRC staff member.

 

Q:  Is there a separate admissions process for students with disabilities?

A:  No.  Students with disabilities are expected to meet the same admissions criteria as all other students.  It is up to the students whether they want to self-identify during the admissions process as having a disability in the personal statement.  Please do not send disability-related documentation to Admissions as it will not automatically be forwarded to the DRC.

 

Q:  How are professors informed of my need for accommodations?  Will they know my disability?

A:  Professors are informed of a student's need for accommodations by letters, which are delivered by the student and/or emailed by DRC staff members.  Students currently registered with the DRC complete an Accommodation Letter Request Form each semester.  Letters are then prepared for each class in which accommodations are requested.  The letters are addressed to individual instructors.  The instructor is informed through the letter that the student is registered with DRC and what accommodations that student is eligible to use.  As noted above, diagnoses and/or specific information about the student's disability are not included.

 

Q:  How do I know that the DRC received my request to schedule an exam?

A:  If you scheduled the exam at least 4 days in advance, the DRC should have received the request successfully.  If you did not schedule the exam at least 4 days in advance, please contact the DRC immediately to request to take an exam.  Students that do not request exams at least 4 days in advance cannot be guaranteed a space at the date and time requested.  

 

Note:  There are two pages to the request form.  If you successfully entered your personal information on page 2, the request should have been submitted.