Eligibility for Services

Disability Services serves qualified students with disabilities to ensure equal access to the university’s programs and services. A qualified student with a disability is a student with a disability, who meets the academic and technical standards required for admission or participation in the university’s education program and services. As defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act(ADA), and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a person has a disability if he/she:

  • a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual;
  • a record of such impairment; or
  • being regarded as having such an impairment.

In order to determine eligibility for services and fully evaluate requests for accommodations or auxiliary aids, DS requests reasonable documentation of the reported disability. The documentation should include functional limitations and their association with the disability.  Once Disability Services receives the documentation, it is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

The  documentation guidelines are based on the Association on Higher Education and Disabilities(AHEAD) description of quality disability documentation. For additional information please refer to our Documentation Guidelines.