Student Responsibility

  • Self-advocate for own needs
  • Register with Disability Services
  • Provide current evidence of a disability
  • Request accommodations promptly each semester enrolled
  • Give accommodation letter to necessary faculty and staff
  • Communicate with faculty and staff as needed
  • Provide textbook information for alternative text formats

Student Rights

  • Self-advocate for own needs
  • Register with Disability Services
  • Provide current evidence of a disability
  • Request accommodations promptly each semester enrolled
  • Give accommodation letter to necessary faculty and staff
  • Communicate with faculty and staff as needed
  • Provide textbook information for alternative text formats

Transition

Wondering what the difference is between high school accommodations and college accommodations? Please visit these resources:

Transitions to College for Students with Disabilities

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Launch My Life ND 

Accommodation Plan

To be approved for accommodations, the student must first register for Disability Services.

Your accommodation plan will list recommended accommodations, agreed on between you and the Disability Services Coordinator, which you will discuss with your instructor. This document is reviewed and updated each semester.

Once you receive and sign your accommodation plan, it is your responsibility to contact each instructor in whose class you are requesting an accommodation. This will allow the two of you to discuss how your accommodation(s) will be arranged. Take a copy of your accommodation plan with you to give to the instructor.

Academic Accommodations

Reasonable accommodations will be arranged by the Disability Services Coordinator between student and faculty each semester. Accommodations may include:

  • Alternative testing, which may include (but is not limited to) distraction-reduced rooms, a reader, a scribe, extended time on tests, large print.
  • Access to class notes.
  • Alternate format of texts.
  • Sign language interpreter and Computer-Aided real time captioning services for deaf, hard-of-hearing, or deaf/blind students.
  • Priority registration for those students whose accommodations necessitate these course arrangements.
  • Reduced course load option.
  • Assistive technology.
  • Other services provided as needed.

Test Taking Accommodation Policy

A quiet room is provided in the lower level of Stoxen Library. Scheduling of this accommodation is on a first come, first served basis. A minimum of 72 hours notice is required to schedule an exam. Time may not always coordinate with actual class schedules.

Students Responsibilities

  • The student is responsible for notifying the instructor of the Test Taking Accommodation.
  • The student is responsible for contacting the Disability Services Coordinator to schedule time to take the test.

Instructors Responsibilities

  • The instructor is responsible for filling out the Testing Accommodation Form.
  • The instructor must deliver the form and the test to the Disability Services Office.  This may be done in person, through intercampus mail or email.
  • If it is delivered through intercampus mail, the Disability Services Office is not responsible for lost tests.
  • When the test is complete the Disability Services Coordinator will do one of the following based on how the instructor filled out the Testing Accommodation form:
    • Notify the instructor by e-mail so the instructor can pick up the test.
    • Notify the instructor by phone so the instructor can pick up the test.
    • Return the test through intercampus mail in a sealed envelope with Disability Service Coordinator signature.

Dinning Accommodations

Dickinson State University contracts with Sodexo to provide on-campus dining services for students. Students who follow a special diet are invited to discuss their needs with the Dining Services Director, Jason Bensen. He can be reached at jason.bensen@sodexo.com or (701) 483-2014.

Dining accommodations will be approved only for those students who are required to purchase a full service meal plan. More information may be found in the Student Handbook. Exceptions to the requirement to purchase a meal plan on the basis of a disability are granted only if the student’s needs cannot be accommodated in Dickinson State University dining facilities. Kitchens are available in student housing for use if an exception needs to be made to the meal plan. Students will be responsible for purchasing their own food in the case of an exception to the meal plan. 

To be approved for dining accommodations (e.g., special diet), the student must register with Disability Services. Requests for dining accommodations are granted when the student has submitted sufficient documentation demonstrating that the student has a disability and that the requested accommodation is medically necessary based on the current functional limitations of the disability.

Applications for dining hall accommodations should be made as soon as the student has decided to attend Dickinson State University, or at least 60 days before the accommodation is needed. 

Housing Accommodations

To be approved for residence hall accommodations (e.g., single room, emotional support animal), the student must register for disability services. Requests for residence hall accommodations are reviewed by the Disability Services Coordinator and recommended to the Housing Director based on documentation provided. There is no guarantee residence hall accommodation requests will be granted by registering with the Disability Services Office. Please see the registration process for more details.

There is more information on the Dickinson State University Housing Policy, including requests for approval to live off campus. Additional information may be found in the Student Handbook. Exceptions to the requirement to live on campus on the basis of a disability are granted only if the student’s needs cannot be accommodated in one of the on-campus residence halls.

Please note that Disability Services is unable to approve requests for single rooms based on a student’s desire to have a quiet, undisturbed place to study. By virtue of the shared facilities, resources, and number of people living in the residence halls, a single room does not provide for such quiet, distraction-free space to any appreciable degree beyond living in a standard double room. Students who desire a quiet, undisturbed place to study are encouraged to visit Stoxen Library during hours of operation.

Applications for residence hall accommodations should be made as soon as the student has decided to attend or continue at Dickinson State University. Requests for housing accommodations must be submitted with ample time for the university to make adjustments for accommodations.