Disability Services & Animal Requests
- Identifying and coordinating reasonable accommodations.
- Promoting an accessible and inclusive campus environment.
- Encouraging student independence.
All forms are available at the Disability Services Office located in Raugust Library Room 120. If you require assistance in completing a form, or would like to make the request orally, please contact .
Registering for Services & Accommodation Determination Process
- – The student must register with the University of Jamestown Office of Disability Services and be determined eligible for consideration of reasonable accommodations.
- – A student may be asked to provide documentation from a health or social service professional describing the functional limitations of the disability in the classroom or in the non-academic setting. The professional can complete the Request for Documentation form or can submit a letter on the professional’s letterhead. Documentation is valid for four years.
- If applying for a service or emotional support animal, please complete the
- If applying for a service or emotional support animal, please read and sign the . The owner must abide by current city( & ), county, and state ordinances, laws, and/or regulations pertaining to licensing, vaccination, and other requirements for animals.
- The student and the Office of Disability Services personnel identify the limitations caused by the disability and a determination is made as to which accommodation will be appropriate and reasonable.
- The student is given a document that verifies the need for accommodations and identifies the accommodations recommended by the Office of Disability Services personnel. In addition, if the student prefers, they can sign a waiver to have the letter emailed to the professor.
- The student requests the accommodations from the professor and, together, they discuss how those accommodations will be provided. If asked for verification of the need for requested accommodations, the student can show the professor the verification document from the Office of Disability Services.
- The Office of Disability Services personnel are available to consult and assist in problem solving.
- The student must meet with the Office of Disability Services personnel each semester to complete steps 5 to 7.
Reasonable accommodations are modifications or adjustments to the tasks, environment or to the way things are usually done that enable individuals with disabilities to have an equal opportunity to participate in an academic program. They do not alter academic standards or essential requirements of the course/curriculum nor cause undue hardship to the parties involved.Student needs will vary according to the individual course requirements and the nature of the disability. Students should note that the requirements for accommodations for post-secondary education are different from the requirements for high school and that the accommodations themselves may differ. The student’s preferences are considered but are not determining. Accommodations may take many forms and generally apply to three broad categories: teaching and learning, demonstrating knowledge, and meeting academic requirements. In addition, reasonable accommodations can be made for the non-academic setting.
Faculty Reasonable Accommodations Statement for Syllabus:
Students with Disabilities: As required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, appropriate and reasonable accommodations will be made for all students with documented disabilities. If you need accommodations in this course because of a disability, need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, or have emergency medical information to share, please inform your instructor as soon as possible. You must also contact the registrar to arrange for appropriate accommodations (Taber 217, 701-252-3467 ext. 5554, or ).
Qualifying for Accommodations
To qualify for disability accommodations, the student must:
- Students must have a documented disability
- “Disability” is defined as a physical or mental condition or impairment that is both medically recognizable and diagnosable, and that substantially limits one or more of a person’s major life activities. These limitations may include caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, working, and learning.
- Experience functional limitation(s) caused by the disability that significantly limit or prevent access to the University’s programs, services or facilities.
For the purpose of serving students with disabilities, the ADA defines a disability as:
- a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits the student’s equal access to educational and other university programs,
- a record of having such an impairment, or
- being regarded as having one (Jarrow, 1992).
For More Information
Criteria for determining an accommodation is reasonable and appropriate for an individual student:
The determination process is done on a case by case basis and is accomplished through an interactive discussion with the student about the functional limits of the student’s disability and the specific accommodation.
Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact state Vocational Rehabilitation officials and/or other county, state, or federal agencies whose missions include the provision of services to students/individuals with disabilities. These agencies can provide a wide variety of services including funding for special equipment and diagnostic examinations.
Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a state and federally funded program that assists eligible individuals with disabilities in improving their employment and educational opportunities. VR is available if you have a documented disability which is an impediment to work, have a goal to work and need help to do your best at work or school. Services are tailored to your specific needs and may include: evaluation, vocational guidance and counseling, training, job search and development, accommodations or information and referral. Services are free and confidential. If you are interested in services you can contact VR through their website at or call the Jamestown area office at (701) 253-6388.