Student Application Process

Initial Application
Students must initiate the request for accommodations/services by applying at Access Services.

The following checklist will assist with requesting accommodations/services:

  1. Complete an Access Services Application.
    Click on the link provided to fill out the application form. 
  2. Send Access Services documentation of your disability.
    You can print a documentation request form to be completed by your provider (pdf document).
    Documentation must include the following:
    • Statement of disability on the letterhead of a qualified professional.
    • State of how the disability functionally limits you in the academic environment.
    • Recommendations for specific accommodations and rationale for those recommendations.
  3. Schedule an appointment with Evelyn via Starfish 
    Use your regular MISU login information.
    If you are not yet registered, please email to set up an appointment.


Access Services Mailing Address:

Access Services
Academic Support Center
500 University Ave West
Minot, ND 58707 


Returning Students

Update your accommodations before every new semester

  • Academic accommodations can be requested any time before or during the semester, as long as the student is registered for classes. Since some accommodations can take 2-3 weeks to set up, it is highly recommended to make your request as soon as possible.
  • Housing accommodation requests must be submitted before the semester in which they are applying.
  • ESA documentation must be submitted at least 60 days in advance.

If applicable: Before your appointment, please ensure that you have the necessary forms filled out and brought with you to your appointment. This includes the Renewing Note-Taking and/or Alternative Format(s) Accommodations form.

Appointments to set up individual accommodations or to discuss any problems/concerns you may have can be made via Starfish.

Please note: Residence Life Accommodations can take up to 60 days after a request is made and documentation is submitted.

Step 1: Student completes: Application for Access Services

Step 2: Student requests Documentation from Treating Healthcare Provider
     Provider Form
     MSU Emotional Support Animal Policy

Step 3: Review of Request by the Access Services Coordinator

Step 4: Student schedules an appointment with the Access Services using Starfish.

Step 5: Determination of eligibility will be made – Access Services

Step 6: Completed ESA application will be sent to the MiSU Housing Director.

Step 7: Residence Life Staff will contact student:

  • Request approved
    • Residence Life will contact student for next steps.
  • Request denied
    • Student can reapply if information was incomplete
    • Student can appeal the decision, complaint procedure

*Emotional Support Animal Requests

Please be aware that documentation provided by online verification services and other providers with whom you do not have an ongoing therapeutic relation, will likely not be accepted.

Also of note: there is NO state or federal entity that requires an emotional support animal to be registered. Registering an animal with any entity is not proof of your animal’s eligibility nor helpful in getting a request for an emotional support animal approved.

Your right to privacy and confidentiality is a high priority at MSU's Access Services office. All records are kept in locked file cabinets, except as noted below, no information regarding a student's disability or use of services will be released to parties outside of AS without prior written consent:

  • General information concerning the student such as name and address will be released in the same manner as other student records. See the MSU Registrar’s Office for description of MSU's policy regarding the release of student records.
  • Confidential information, such as the student's disability or use of AS services, may be shared in the course of consultation with or referral to other appropriate professionals within MSU, when the person has a legitimate educational interest.
  • For legally mandated audits and investigations.
  • When required by court order or subpoena, the specific information requested will be released.
  • In extreme situations where immediate harm to self or others may result, the law may require that essential information to be reported to necessary agencies or parties.

AS student files are maintained for five (5) years from the date of last attendance. At the end of the five-year period, all records in the file will be destroyed.

For this reason, students are advised to retain personal copies of all disability documentation submitted to AS.