Policies and Procedures
Covid-19 Office Operations
Our offices are available for phone or video appointments. Email or call for more information. For information, please visit the UA coronavirus information website.
Identification of Students with Disabilities
Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and may be entitled to reasonable accommodations and equal access to programs and services.
It is the responsibility of a student who experiences a disability to initiate contact with and provide appropriate documentation to DS.
Services for Students with Disabilities
Prohibition Against Discrimination on the Basis of Disability (PO9.06.01)
The University of Alaska will provide a learning environment in which no student will be subjected to unlawful discrimination based on disability. No otherwise qualified individual will be denied reasonable access to, participation in, or the benefits of, any program or activity operated by the University of Alaska because of disability. Each qualified student with a disability will be eligible to receive appropriate academic adjustments and programmatic accommodations necessary for the student to access educational opportunities, programs, activities, or services in the most integrated setting possible.
For the full policy please visit Regents' Policy & University Regulation.
Dissemination of Information
Disability Services notifies and informs students of its existence in the following ways:
- DS general contact information is available in a variety of campus resources including the campus telephone directory, student handbook, catalogue, course schedule booklets, and admissions materials.
- Written materials outlining services are available from the DS office, on the DS website and other locations on campus. Copies of DS Policies and Procedures and the University of Alaska Board of Regents’ Policy and Regulation on “Services for Students with Disabilities” are available on line and upon request from the DS office.
- Faculty are informed of the services provided by DS on a regular basis (convocation, departmental meetings).
- Students who experience a disability and have requested services are informed verbally and by written materials of DS services.
Procedures for Disclosure and Documentation of Disability
In order to receive academic services from DS, a student with a disability must meet with the Coordinator of Disability Services to discuss his/her individual needs. The following procedures are required to ensure appropriate academic accommodations are provided.
- Students must meet with Disability Services coordinator or staff to request services.
- Specific guidelines have been developed for the documentation of learning disabilities and Attention-Deficit/Activity Disorder (ADHD). Copies of these guidelines are available on line at the DS website and upon request.
- Services provided are dependent on the functional limitations experienced as a result of the disability. The documentation must demonstrate a need for the services requested.
- Disability Services does not provide documentation evaluation/assessment, however we can make referrals for you to local resources.
- Disability Services will provide reasonable, appropriate, and effective academic support services/accommodations that allow the student to have equal access to the academic environment. While consumer preference will be discussed and considered in determining appropriate services. The type of services will strive to be the type preferred by the student to provide access.
- Disability Services does not provide services of a personal nature (e.g., home work support, typing services, tutorial supports, personal care attendants, or individually prescribed devices), however we will connect you to local resources.
Resolution of Complaints
A student who claims to have been subjected to discrimination based upon a disability, is dissatisfied with the recommended academic adjustments, and/or objects to the denial of services may initiate a formal complaint following the steps outlined in University Regulation 09.06.05.
- Disability Services will investigate reports of service providers (e.g., readers, note takers) not performing their duties adequately and steps will be taken to rectify any problems.
- In the absence of the Coordinator of DS, primary responsibility for coordinating services will be reassigned to an appropriate staff person.
- Advance notice of the accommodations needed is required to give DS time to coordinate services. If DS does not receive advance notice, there will be a delay in the provision of services.