Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Policies

Students With Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires the provision of "reasonable accommodations" to those qualified individuals with disabilities by providing equal, non-discriminatory program access in the academic setting.

Students need to take the verifying documentation to the Office of Counseling and Assessment, where it will be kept confidential and private. In most cases, verifying documents can be obtained from doctors, licensed psychologists or other professionals licensed to determine the existence, severity and characteristics of the disability or disabilities. This documentation should include the functional impact of the disability. It is the student's responsibility to request documentation from such professionals, and to request a record of accommodations received at any other educational institution. If accommodations are needed , the student should provide the information and documentation in a reasonably early manner to allow time for the development and arrangement of appropriate accommodations. In some cases, as when books on tape need to be requested, documentation should be provided several weeks prior to the beginning of each semester so accommodation arrangements can be made in a timely manner.