Disability Services is committed to providing services and support to ensure that students are able to access and participate in all of the activities, programs and services at USD. Our services are available to students with a qualifying and documented learning, physical or psychological disability.
USD is dedicated to ensuring that students and campus visitors with disabilities have full and equal access to all the programs and activities USD offers, in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973) and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (2009). Accommodations are available to students with documented learning, physical or psychological disabilities.
We are in the North Complex Commons, located north of Cherry Street and between Mickelson and Beede and Olson and Richardson residence halls.
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The accommodation process begins with admission to USD. Admissions decisions are made without regard to disability. All prospective students, including students with disabilities, are expected to present academic credentials at or above the minimum standards for admission.
You are not required to disclose a disability during the admissions process.
You may meet with us at any point during the admissions process contacting your admissions counselor.
Once a student has been accepted to USD, the student must meet with us and self-disclose a disability in order to request and receive reasonable and appropriate accommodations while attending USD. Students must complete the student registration form.
Students may self-disclose their disability at any time during their academic career, however, students are encouraged to self-disclose their disability prior to the beginning of classes.
Students must provide us with professional documentation of their disability. Documentation requirements vary according to the unique and individual nature of each student's disability.
Learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), traumatic brain injuries and most psychiatric disabilities may require a full psycho-educational test battery as documentation.
Reasonable and appropriate accommodations are provided to allow full and equal access to all the programs and services for students with disabilities. USD is not required to lower standards or academic requirements or make modifications that would fundamentally alter the service, program or activity.
Accommodations are tailored to the unique and individual needs of each student and to the academic requirements of each class.
Possible accommodations include the following:
- Alternate text format
- Sign language interpreters
- Assistive technology
- Distraction free location for exams
- Extended time for exams
- Referrals to other resources
- Understand your disability.
- Accept responsibility for your own success.
- Learn time management skills.
- Acquire computer skills.
- Research postsecondary education programs.
- Encourage your child to register early during the process, especially if housing accommodations are requested.
- Review documentation together so that your student is comfortable articulating both the diagnosis and requests for accommodation.
- Support them during their college career, but allow them the opportunity to take charge of their education.