Access for Students with Disabilities

The Disability Center is the office on campus designated to determine and provide access to University classes, programs and activities for students with disabilities.  Through an interactive process, the Disability Center identifies and facilitates reasonable accommodations, and, when feasible, works with instructors, staff and others to redesign aspects of a University experience.

Reasonable accommodations are intended to address barriers within courses, programs, activities and within the environment.  Depending on individual circumstances, accommodations may include (but are not limited to): accessible materials/alternative formats; exam access (extended time, distraction reduced environment); communication access (interpreting/captioning); note taking assistance; course substitution; and, priority registration.

A student’s eligibility for a specific accommodation is determined on a case-by-case basis.  Accommodations are provided unless doing so would constitute an undue financial or administrative burden for the University, lower or substantially modify essential elements of the academic program or course of study, or otherwise compromise academic standards. Information about specific accommodations can be found at the Disability Center website at

Students with disabilities who wish to request accommodations should start by applying for an Accommodation Plan through the Disability Center.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504

The University operates within the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, both of which are federal civil rights laws that prohibit “discrimination against people with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in programs, activities and services of state and local public entities…”

For more information about the ADA, or for assistance with general concerns related to access, individuals can contact the Office of Accessibility and ADA.