Students should complete the steps listed below well in advance of the anticipated need for services and accommodations to allow for a reasonable period of time in which to evaluate those needs and requests.
1. Students must be enrolled at the University to request accommodations each semester.
2. Students requesting services may do so by first applying to be a CeDAR student by going to our AIM Online Portal tab and submitting an application via the student link. Students in the Law School should contact Ms. Johnson.
3. All students should be prepared to upload documentation of disability to your application through the AIM Portal. Documentation is subject to verification by the University and may take 5-7 business days to process your application.
4. Requests that require special funding, such as a need for specific software and adaptive equipment will be assessed for possible resources that might already provide for the request, such as Vocational Rehabilitation or Blind Services. If not duplicating an available resource, the University will provide reasonable accommodations for the documented request.
5. After receipt of required documentation, the CeDAR professionals will make a case–by–case determination of the student’s educational need for any requested auxiliary aids, accommodations, and/or other special services determined to be necessary.
6. When notified that the documentation provided supports the student’s disability claim and current need for accommodations, the student must do the following: (a) Contact Ms. Johnson as soon as possible to schedule an intake interview (b) Review CeDAR policies and procedures for services.
7. Once accepted, the services and equipment (if deemed appropriate), will be provided at no cost to the student. However, to receive services from the CeDAR, the student is responsible for:
Requesting accommodations each semester. Documentation is not necessary at this time unless significant changes have happened since initiating services.
Following procedures and adhering to policies for specific accommodations and services.
Monitoring student's own academic progress.
If an accommodation is not effective, students should consult with a CeDAR staff member.
Why Do We Need Documentation?
To be eligible for disability-related services, students must have a documented disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Under the ADA, a person has a disability if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities. Documentation must include the following:
Specific diagnosis of disability by a qualified professional
Functional impact of the disability on academic performance