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Frequently Asked Questions

Can a faculty member initiate the process?
Who may initiate the review process?
Does a disabled student automatically qualify for accommodations?
What types of services may be provided?
Can an instructor ask a student if he or she has a disability?

Can a faculty member initiate the process?

No. Students are not required to inform the university or their instructors that they have a disability. Unless the student has requested and been granted special accommodations, instructors must treat every student equally.

Who may initiate the review process?

The student is responsible for contacting the Disability Services Coordinator at disabilities@regent.edu to request accommodations, provide necessary documentation, and make arrangements with each instructor.

Does a disabled student automatically qualify for accommodations?

No. Having a disability does not automatically qualify a student to receive an accommodation. The university's Division of Student Services must review the medical reports submitted by the student to verify the existence of a disability that requires accommodation under the law and then determine the specific accommodations the student is authorized to use.

What types of services may be provided?

Support services are provided on an individual basis and the types of services provided depend on the student's documented needs. Accommodations and supportive services may include:

  • Academic advising
  • Textbooks on tape
  • Testing accommodations
  • Extensions on timed assignments
  • Adaptive equipment, etc.

All the services provided are "support" services; students with disabilities are fully integrated into the Regent community. They are admitted on the basis of their school's requirements and are evaluated on the same academic standard as their peers.

Can an instructor ask a student if he or she has a disability?

No. Students are not required to inform the university they have a disability. Unless a student has requested and been granted special accommodations, instructors must treat every student equally.

Some Important Issues to Consider:

  • Students with disabilities enrolled at the university have met all academic qualifications for admission. They are expected to perform at the same level academically as all other students. It is not necessary to lower academic standards to accommodate a student with a disability.

  • Most faculty will, at some point, teach students who have physical or learning disabilities. All students require various amounts of assistance in order to have equal access to their college experience.

  • Students with disabilities differ from other students in their needs for modification of the environment in which they move, learn and are evaluated. While many learn in different ways, their differences do not imply inferior capacities.

  • While course requirements are specified, the means to achieve them may need adjustments in order to equalize the competitive disadvantage caused by a disability.

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