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 the Disability Services Office.
Board of Regents Policy for Students with Disabilities
Prohibition Against Discrimination on the Basis of Disability (P09.06.01)
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.
Accommodation Appeal Procedure
A student who feels they have a complaint regarding accommodations (either that appropriate accommodations were not granted by Disability Services or that approved accommodations are not being provided by a faculty member), eligibility or services through Disability Services should speak to Lori Klein, Vice Chancellor Enrollment Management & Student Affairs, or her designee. The Vice Chancellor Enrollment Management & Student Affairs is available at 907-796-6057 or by email at email@example.com.
A student who feels they have been discriminated against based upon a disability is encouraged to submit a grievance, which will be reviewed by the UAS Office of Equity and Compliance. The UAS Office of Equity and Compliance can be contacted at by phone at 907-796-6371 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to receive accomdodations from DS, a student with a disability must meet with a Disability Services staff member to discuss his or her individual needs through an interactive process. The following procedures are required to ensure appropriate academic accommodations are provided:
- Services provided are dependent on the functional limitations experienced as a result of the disability. Students must provide documentation, which must demonstrate a need for the services requested.
- Disability Services does not provide documentation evaluation or assessment. We can make referrals for you to local resources.
- Disability Services will provide reasonable, appropriate, and effective academic support services and accommodations that allow the student to have equal access to the academic environment. Preferences will be discussed and considered in determining appropriate services.
- Disability Services does not provide services of a personal nature (e.g., homework support, typing services, tutorial supports, personal care attendants, or individually prescribed devices). We can connect you to local resources.
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.