Qualifying for Accommodations
Section 504 and the ADA require schools to consider reasonable accommodation for qualified students and when necessary to provide equal access to learning. "Reasonable" must be individually determined after a student requests accommodation.
To qualify for accommodation, a student must identify him/ herself to the Assistant Dean and Registrar of the School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, declare the disability or suspected disability in writing, and request accommodation. It is also the student's responsibility to obtain a thorough written evaluation from an appropriate professional, documenting the presence, extent, and ramifications of the disability. In addition, the documentation should explain what specific types of accommodation the evaluator believes might be most helpful in offsetting the effects of the disability to an acceptable extent.
Disability documentation forms can be found on this page.
The student must obtain this evaluation at his/her own expense and arrange to have the evaluation form and all supporting documentation forwarded to the School of Graduate and Advanced Studies. If an evaluation has already been conducted in the past, the Graduate Studies Office will determine if it is recent enough.