Disability Resource Center

Student Responsibility

  • Self-disclose to the Disability Resource Center by completing the pre-enrollment form in a timely manner prior to the perceived need of an accommodation;
  • Provide the appropriate documentation when requested by the DRC.
  • Understand the nature of one’s disability and the impact of a diagnosis on the educational experience;
  • Request course accommodation letters at the beginning of each semester;
  • Review specific accommodation procedures on the DRC website and check for email communications from DRC;
  • Request any Alternate format text or Assistive Technology needed;
  • Speak with instructors to implement accommodations for those classes where the need for accommodations exist;
  • Contact the DRC immediately if denied an accommodation or have concerns about how the accommodation will be implemented;
  • Schedule tests through the DRC when the course instructor is unable to provide appropriate exam accommodations;
  • Remind instructors before tests (preferably at least one week) about the need for accommodations; do not assume the instructor remembers your particular needs from one test to another;
  • Speak with instructors if experiencing difficulties;
  • Contact the DRC office if you believe accommodations are not working or if an instructor is not being helpful with coordinating accommodations;
  • Be a self-advocate at all times and in situations not just disability related;
  • Provide your own personal care and independent living supports as necessary when applicable;
  • Know what aspects of the course are essential functions (i.e. what you must be able to demonstrate in terms of skill, knowledge, and participation in order to pass the course);
  • Complete all degree requirements and all technical standards of academic program;
  • Understand your rights and responsibilities with respect to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act.

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.

Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination


A person understanding themselves, their rights, and their needs – leading to self-determination.
Examples include:

  • Self-awareness
  • Communication
  • Navigating resources
  • Forming and nurturing relationships
  • Perspective taking


A characteristic that enables a person to act in their chosen goals and make or cause things to happen in their own life.
Examples include:

  • Self-advocacy skills
  • Goal-setting
  • Decision-making
  • Problem solving
  • Self-efficacy

Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination are about taking care of yourself so you can achieve your goals! 


Reasonable Attendance Adjustment Worksheet

Faculty are responsible for establishing the policy concerning the role of attendance for their classes, and ensuring it is clearly stipulated in writing at the beginning of each semester. Students, regardless of disability, are responsible for fulfilling the essential requirements of courses/programs/degrees, including attendance expectations. Disability Resource Center (DRC) does not advocate waiving, lowering, or compromising the essential requirements, academic standards, or educational experiences/outcomes of courses. However, for some students, individual aspects of their disability make it difficult for them to fulfill typical attendance requirements. In such situations, a faculty will see the accommodation of “Consideration for Leniency on Attendance Policy” in the student’s DRC accommodation letter.

Attendance Adjustment Worksheet