Accommodations & Services
In order for students to receive academic or non-academic accommodations, students must self-identify and register with DSS, complete the DSS intake form, and provide current documentation by a licensed or certified official that states the disability. In the case of most disabilities, the documentation should be no more than three to four years old and the assessment should be given at an adult level. Included in the written assessment should be a description of the current impact of the disability as it relates to the accommodations requested. A brief statement written by a physician on a prescription pad is not sufficient documentation.
The student must meet with a professional in the DSS Office to discuss the accommodations, and to become familiar with the procedures. Through consultation and evaluation of documentation, each student’s needs are identified on a case-by-case, course-by-course basis. If documentation is out dated or further documentation is needed, the DSS Office requires the student to obtain the needed information or assessment to receive services. No diagnostic testing is provided through the DSS Office, there is a psychologist referral list available that highlights cost, locations, and insurance accepted. Students may register with the office at any point throughout their academic career. Documentation provided to the DSS Office is not considered part of a student’s permanent academic record. The DSS Office will keep files for a minimum of seven years, and then at that time will destroy the content, unless the student requests the information be returned.