Disability Resource Center

For Students

Mission Statement

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is open and accessible to students with disabilities. We are committed to providing assistance to enable qualified students to accomplish their educational goals, as well as assuring equal opportunity to derive all of the benefits of campus life.

Through intentional partnerships with students, faculty and staff, the Disability Resource Center strives to create an atmosphere that encourages students' independence, responsibility for self, effective communication skills and a respect for the diverse learning experience.

Student Responsibility

Students with disabilities are responsible for making a timely disclosure of their disability, ensuring that the university is aware of the disabilities that require accommodations. Student should first contact the Disability Resource Center, as it is the only designated campus agency responsible for classroom accommodations.

After providing appropriate documentation of the disability, the student must register with the Disability Resource Center and request accommodations each semester. Once the student is registered, s/he contacts faculty members in each course to provide them with a Faculty Accommodation Letter. This confidential form tells faculty members of the student's necessary and specific course accommodations.

Student are responsible for requesting accommodations in a timely manner so that professors and staff may plan for those accommodations. Students with disabilities are expected to maintain the same responsibility for their education as other students. This includes maintaining the same academic levels, attending class, maintaining appropriate behavior, and providing notification of any special needs. It is the student's responsibility to utilize the services and keep in close contact with the Disability Resource Center.

Reasonable Accommodations

Reasonable accommodations are provided based on individual need as assessed through documentation. It is the student's responsibility to provide the Disability Resource Center with appropriate documentation. Students should contact the Disability Resource Center for documentation requirements. The Disability Resource Center does not do any formal assessments but does have a referral list available. Students are not required to identify themselves as a student with a disability if they do not want services and accommodations. Accommodations are based solely on the documentation provided and are specific to the disability. All students must meet and pass all academic requirements of any course for which they are awarded credit. Grades are earned based on performance not on effort.

Being a Good Self-Advocate

Self-Advocacy is not about making demands, self-advocacy is about taking care of yourself, so that you can achieve your goals. As a student with a disability, you will be more successful when you learn to take responsibility for your education. Being a good self-advocate means:

  • Notifying appropriate persons at school that you have a disability.
  • Knowing your strengths and weaknesses and being able to verbalize them to the appropriate person.
  • Using the information you know about your strengths and weaknesses to ask for help in specific areas.
  • Asking for help at the beginning of a class, not after you are failing.
  • Letting the instructor know what assistance you will need in the class. Don't expect the instructor to figure it out for you.
  • Bringing important information (i.e. address/ phone/ e-mail changes, documentation changes, etc.) to school when you sign up for services each semester. Know what information you will need to have. It is important to provide this information early to receive help right away.
  • Planning ahead for the demands of college. Get your financial aid, work/activities schedule, and study time in place. Then when you start school you can concentrate on these new demands.
  • Promptly completing and returning letters and other accommodation forms.

Policies and Procedures

To review the Policies and Procedures page, click HERE