Applying for Services

The Office of Student Access and Disabilities (OSA) works with each student on an individual basis to find the services and accommodations appropriate for the student at a post-secondary level. To determine if a specific accommodation applies to you, you must go through the process. All requests for accommodation should be consistent with the individual student’s Academic Advisory Plan.

When to Apply for Disability Services

To insure that your request for disability services is processed and approved in a timely manner, it is important to apply for services as soon as possible as accommodations cannot be retroactive. You are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Access and Disabilities during the admissions process—the best way to contact the OSA is through email.

Application Process

The Office of Student Access and Disabilities will require appropriate documentation of your disability from an appropriate professional. The amount and type of documentation will vary depending on both the nature of your disability and the service or services you are requesting. You might also be required to sign a Release of Confidential Information form so that the OSA can obtain records as deemed necessary by both you and the OSA. All information submitted to the Office of Student Access and Disabilities is held in the strictest confidence. When you have the necessary documentation please also complete:  Client Information Form and Application. 

General Documentation Guidelines

Here are some general guidelines for the amount and type of documentation that the Disability Services Office will require. The diagnosing professional may provide suggestions for appropriate accommodations in an academic setting if they would like.

Although many diagnoses are considered life-long, the impact they have on current functioning may change over time.  Therefore, documentation needs to reflect the current status of the individual’s functional limitations, severity, and explain the nexus between disability and accommodations requested.  A diagnosis does not necessarily equate to a disability (specifics concerning functional limitations and how they substantially limit one or more of the major life activities.). *It is paramount to have current documentation that reflects statement of disability, current functioning, and functional limitations.

Other Housing Accommodations

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    • This has to be renewed with new documentation YEARLY, as this is a housing request, all housing accommodations are renewed each school year
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    • Documentation on physician letterhead signed by the physician, includes your NAME, DOB, and lists DISABILITY (diagnosis may also be included) that require the necessity of air conditioning.

Housing-Only Requests

If you have a housing-only request for one of the conditions listed above, please see documentation requirements above and compete the necessary paperwork as described AND fill out the Client Information Form and Application (i.e., de-lofted bed for mobility issues, mobility impairment-requires handicapped accessible room, etc.).


Related Links:

Academic Advisory Plan

Individual Education Plan