Disability Policies and Procedures
Eligibility for students to receive services from a disabilities program at a given university is dependent upon the nature of the disability and its impact on learning. A person might meet eligibility requirements of vocational rehabilitation, disabled veterans or any other rehabilitation agency; however, he/she may not meet eligibility at the university.
Once a student has been verified at the university level, a disability eligibility form should be completed and placed in the confidential file with documentation.
Documentation legitimizes a student's request for accommodation and, in general, should include the following:
The student must register with the Disability Services Office (DSO) to request services. The student is not eligible for accommodations until he/she has requested services with the DSO and is certified eligible.
Please provide documentation from a licensed professional who has relevant training and experience diagnosing the reported condition. Documentation needs to be on letterhead, typed, dated, and signed. Diagnosis written on prescription pads, handwritten, or stamped with a signature will not be accepted. It is the student's responsibility to provide documentation, per the Documentation Guidelines (link).
Students Without Documentation
Some students contact our office who have not been tested for cognitive disabilities, such as a learning disability, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or a psychological disability but suspect that they may have one. Eastern New Mexico University does not have the resources to provide the necessary testing. DSO will provide students with a list of appropriate professionals who are qualified to conduct a diagnostic evaluation. Insurance companies sometimes pay for testing, but often they do not. In some cases, local service agencies can provide financial help to students.
A student should make an appointment to meet with the Disability Services Office (DSO) Director as soon as he/she is accepted at the university and has made a decision to attend. For out-of-state students, this meeting should take place as soon as the student is on campus. If interpreter services or special equipment is needed, out-of-state students should notify the DSO immediately upon acceptance. To provide the most efficient services, a two-week notice is beneficial.
Using the documentation, the student and DSO Director will collaboratively determine the most appropriate academic adjustments and review procedures for implementation.
The primary alternative testing accommodations are extended time and/or a distraction-reduced environment, or individual area if specified in the documentation. These arrangements are to be made with the Disability Services Office (DSO).
Extended time does not mean unlimited time.
Rights and Responsibilities
Rights and Responsibilities of Students
In addition to notifying and documenting the need for accommodation(s), students with disabilities also have the following rights and responsibilities:
Rights and responsibilities of the institution and the Disability Services Office: