Handbook - Student Commitment
MSU is committed to providing access to and inclusion in academic and campus programs for students with disabilities by providing reasonable accommodations when appropriate and necessary. To fulfill this commitment, MSU has established the following guidelines and expectations:
- Students are responsible for disclosing their disability to the MSU Disability Support Services (DSS) Office. Even when parents or other advocates are involved in this process it is primarily the studentís responsibility to disclose and request reasonable accommodations when needed. A student taking an on-line or distance education course through MSU is required to self-disclose his/her disability following the same procedure as if he/she were located on-campus.
- The DSS Office is responsible for making decisions regarding provision of reasonable accommodations, in conjunction with other MSU personnel, necessary to provide equal access for prospective, newly admitted, or currently enrolled students.
- Prospective students may request reasonable accommodation (e.g. for testing, campus tours, or freshman orientation) at any time during the application process. Requests may be submitted in person, in writing, by telephone, or by e-mail and must come through the DSS Office. Because arranging accommodations may take significant amounts of time, notification as early as possible is encouraged.
- A newly admitted or currently enrolled student whose disability requires reasonable accommodation to ensure access to campus programs and facilities may request accommodation(s) at any time. The request may be submitted in person, in writing, by telephone, or by e-mail and must come through the DSS Office. Because arranging accommodations may take significant amounts of time, notification as early as possible is encouraged.
- Once documentation is provided the student will meet with DSS staff to discuss reasonable accommodations (if requested and/or necessary) to develop and agree on a plan of action to ensure equal access.
- When requesting accommodations the student must contact the DSS Office during office hours and make arrangements for the accommodation.
- Both the request for the accommodation and the provision of the accommodation must be appropriate and timely. The DSS Office will address requests for accommodations in a timely manner, but the institution cannot guarantee the availability of appropriate accommodations without ample lead-time to make preparations and/or investigate resources.
- Colleges are NOT required to provide the requested or preferred accommodation. They are required to provide reasonable, appropriate, and effective accommodations for disabilities which have been adequately documented and for which the accommodation has been requested. The question, therefore, can be asked, "Is the accommodation that has been offered reasonable and effective?"
- Both the DSS Office and the student will take responsibility to work with the instructors on campus to ensure equal access and provision of needed accommodations. Students are responsible for taking notification letters to their instructors, when deemed appropriate, during office hours and making arrangements for accommodations. Occasionally, the DSS Office will contact instructors regarding a studentís need for an accommodation. In such cases, the student remains responsible to follow up by meeting with the instructor.
- The DSS Office has the responsibility to work in conjunction with administration, faculty, staff, and students to ensure equal access to all campus programs and provision of necessary reasonable accommodations in an appropriate and timely manner.
- MSU personnel will be the sole determiners of what accommodations shall be provided within the institution. These determinations will be made by institutional personnel, namely the Coordinator of Disability Services, in conjunction with other appropriate parties.