Requesting Accommodations

Qualified individuals are entitled to reasonable accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990. Accessibility Services serves as the link between enrolled students with disabilities and the campus community. Students disclosing a disability in other offices or campus locations will be redirected to Accessibility Services for assistance. Students are encouraged to contact Jeff Merkle.

Accommodations Process

  • Schedule an appointment for an intake interview and discuss possible accommodations.
  • Complete all necessary office forms including the Registration Form and the consent form for the release of information.
  • Provide documentation of your disability from a credentialed professional qualified to make the diagnosis to Accessibility Services. 
  • Receive a copy of the current accommodation letter sent to your professors and the accommodation plan that has been established.
  • Meet with each of your professors to review and clarify your accommodations.
  • Communicate with Accessibility Services on course schedule updates or any concerns for each academic term (Fall, Interim, Spring, & Summer). Accommodations do not automatically carry over from term to term.

Short-Term Medical Conditions

  • Students with temporary disabilities (injuries; health conditions) are encouraged to contact disability personnel in Accessibility Services for possible accommodations. Example: Students who sustain an injury that will impair their ability to write could be eligible for a note-taker and a scribe for exams.
  • Any campus member (faculty or staff) or family member may initially contact Accessibility Services on behalf of the student. However, all policies and procedures will need to be followed in order for an accommodation plan to be determined and established.

Other Information

  • Disclosure of a disability can occur at any time during the academic term. Accommodations, however, are not retroactive. In other words, the accommodation can begin when the documentation has been received and establishes the needs for reasonable accommodations and services.
  • Early disclosure is essential for establishing accommodations in a timely manner.
  • Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis and reviewed each academic term.
  • Please direct any questions or concerns with regard to disability services to  Accessibility Services. Learn more about our grievance procedures.
  • Guidelines for Service and Emotional Support Animals (ESA)
  • ESA clinician guidelines


  • Director of Accessibility Jeff Merkle | Madsen Center, Room 223 | | 605.274.4631