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. To determine if a specific accommodation applies to you, you must go through the services application 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. 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 healthcare 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 your medical or psychological 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. It is helpful if the diagnosing professional provides suggestions for appropriate accommodations in an academic setting, if at all possible.

Although many disabilities are considered life-long, the impact they have on current functioning changes over time.  Therefore, documentation needs to reflect the current status of the individual’s functional limitations and explain the nexus between disability and accommodations requested.

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