Jen Papproth, MS, Executive Director
Student Life Center 2031
Student Documentation of Disability Policy Statement
To be eligible for disability-related services, students must have a documented or visible impairment as defined by the Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. The ADA regulations broadly define impairments to include a wide variety of disorders or conditions affecting any number of body systems, including the neurological or musculoskeletal systems, special sense organs, respiratory, cardiovascular, reproductive, digestive, genitor-urinary, hemic, lymphatic, or endocrine systems, or the skin. Impairments also include mental or psychological disorders, including mental retardation, organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, and certain learning disorders.
The University of Nebraska’s Student Individual Accommodation Procedure relies on documentation from appropriate, licensed professionals including educational information such as Individual Education Plan (IEP), 504 plan, Summary of Progress (SOP) or other information about a student’s education and accommodation history and interview information from the student. The cost of obtaining documentation will be borne by the student. If the initial documentation is incomplete or inadequate and the student interview does not provide the relevant information, the services for students with disabilities office will have the discretion to request additional information focused on providing the clarification needed to provide the student reasonable accommodation.
Determination and Provision of Reasonable Accommodations
Accommodations, modifications, or adjustments to a course, academic program, service, or activity may enable a qualified student with a disability to have an equal opportunity to attain the same level of performance or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges as are available to similarly-situated individuals without a disability.
The University of Nebraska is obligated to provide reasonable accommodations, adjustments, and/or auxiliary services only to the known limitations of an otherwise qualified student with a disability. The student with a disability is responsible for informing the Services for Students with Disabilities Office that an accommodation or change in accommodation is needed and to participate in the interactive process to formulate a reasonable accommodation plan. When a qualified student with a disability requests accommodation, reasonable efforts to provide the accommodation, adjustment and/or auxiliary service that is deemed effective will be made.
Evaluation of performance, including admissions decisions, course examinations and other measures of achievement, will be provided with appropriate reasonable accommodations or modifications to ensure that the evaluation represents achievement rather than reflecting the impact of disability.
If you have a temporary or permanent physical, psychological, sensory, or learning disability, you may be eligible for reasonable accommodations. To begin the process of establishing a disability accommodation plan, documentation of your disability is required. Documentation may be in the form of:
- A letter from a medical doctor or other health care provider;
- Individual Education Plan (IEP) with Multidisciplinary Team Report (MDT);
- 504 Plan; or,
- Your current treating provider can complete a Provider Evaluation Form (Please contact ASC to obtain this form.)
Any form of documentation you provide must include your diagnosis, functional limitations, and recommendations for accommodation. Documentation can be emailed or faxed to our office. In addition to providing documentation as described above, students requesting accommodations should complete the Request for Services form on Campus Records (CARE). Please note that accommodations are not retroactive, so any accommodation plan established now would be applicable on a going-forward basis only.
Alternate Format Materials
For students who qualify for "E-text" as part of their accommodation plan, please contact ASC for guidance on alternate format materials and for assistance in setting up an individual BookShare account.