Frequently Asked Questions Pertaining to Disability Support Services
How does a student become eligible to receive accommodations through Disability Support
- To become eligible, a student must have a documented disability.
- Student must make contact with Disability Support Services (DSS) and provide documentation
of the disability. Paperwork to help with the documentation process is available through
What are reasonable accommodations?
- A reasonable accommodation is a support service provided to students with documented
disabilities to help them perform according to their intellectual abilities.
- Some common academic accommodations include: extended time on tests, use of note takers,
access to specially adapted equipment and access to sign language interpreters.
What are not considered reasonable accommodations?
- Fundamentally alter the academic requirements for the degree or course of study.
- Eliminates a course requirement that is reasonably necessary to the course of study.
- Alter consistently applied academic policies which are based on academic standards.
- Guarantee success or bear responsibility for making students succeed in courses.
- Are impractical or not feasible (e.g. unlimited time to complete exams).
What services are not provided through DSS? This is a brief, but not exhaustive, list
of services not provided through DSS.
- Providing testing & assessments to diagnosis a disability or prove eligibility for
- Providing access or admissions to programs or activities to students who are not otherwise
- Reducing or altering essential requirements of a course or program of study.
- Providing personal aids or personal care attendants.
- Student academic success is a guarantee.
- Tutoring services beyond what already exists to all students.
- Providing transportation assistance.
- Providing educational supplies, aside from access to course materials in alternate
- Exemptions to the Student Conduct Code which applies to every student.
In high school I had an IEP is this something I can expect to receive in college?
- The IEP you received in K-12 was provided to be compliant with the Individuals with
Disabilities Act (IDEA) and does not apply within postsecondary education.
- In postsecondary education, we need to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities
Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act which does not require curriculum modifications
(resulting in a fundamental change), specialized programs or IEPs.
I’m enrolled with DSS, what next?
- Make contact with DSS at the beginning of each semester to pick up Special Testing Accommodation Packets and other required paperwork
to initiate reasonable accommodations.
- Provide faculty members with your accommodation forms at the beginning of each semester.
- Meet the timelines and procedural requirements established by the DSS office for scheduling
examinations and requesting appropriate accommodations.
- Notify the DSS office if you need to change your accommodations, auxiliary aids, or
- Contact DSS to discuss your needs and the need for any additional accommodations