Disability Services

Lander University values and appreciates the diversity that students with disabilities bring to the university. Working in partnership with faculty, staff, and administration, the goal of the Office of Disabilities is to promote an accessible, inclusive, and fully integrated university experience for students with disabilities and ensure they are able to participate in all aspects of university life. Empowering students to realize their academic potential is central to the work that we do. For additional information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

Typical accommodations provided by our office include:

  • Advocacy services
  • Testing accommodations
  • Note-taking services
  • Assistive technology 
  • Eligibility determination for housing accommodations 
  • Eligibility determination for service and assistance animals on campus
  • Course substitutions for math and foreign language requirements
  • Priority registration

Confidentiality and Release of Information

The Office of Student Disability Services is committed to ensuring that all information regarding a student remains confidential as required or permitted by law.  This information may include grades, biographical history, disability information, and case notes.  No one has immediate access to student files in our office except authorized staff.  Any information regarding a disability shall be considered confidential and shall be shared with others on a need-to-know basis only.  A student may sign a written consent form giving our office permission to discuss the disability with faculty, staff, and any other person who requires additional information. 

Process for Requesting Accommodations

The Office of Disabilities provides accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations are provided on a case-by-case basis and must pertain to the functional limitations of the disability upon the individual.  For additional information, please see the Process for Requesting Accommodations.  

Housing Accommodations

Housing and Residence Life provides a variety of housing options. The majority of rooms in the residence halls are double occupancy and a few are equipped to meet the needs of students with disabilities. Students requiring single room occupancy may request a private room. Students with disabilities should request housing needs as soon as they are admitted to the university.  All documentation is due to the Office of Disabilities by May 1st for new students and February 1st for returning students. Documentation submitted later will be considered and Lander University will make a good faith effort to provide reasonable accommodations, but may not be able to guarantee that appropriate residential provisions will be completed within that semester.

Students requesting housing accommodations need to meet with the Office of Disabilities and submit all necessary documentation as soon as possible be to secure the requested accommodation. Late submissions will receive housing accommodations only if space becomes available.

  1. Contact Disability Services to register for services and begin the process to determine reasonable housing accommodations. Student must complete a Housing Accommodation Request Form
  2. The student must provide Disability Services with professional documentation addressing specific functional impairments requiring housing adjustments.
  3. If determined eligible for housing accommodations Disability Services will submit a Housing Accommodation Approval form to the Office of Housing and Residence Life.
  4. Students who are determined eligible by Disability Services for housing adjustments should contact Housing and Residence Life to determine available housing options.

Important information regarding special accommodation requests:

  1. The fact of medical diagnosis does not guarantee or automatically qualify the student for a special or priority room assignment.
  2. Lander University provides many types of housing in multiple residence halls. Statements or recommendations from your physician or treating medical professional should not be interpreted as automatic approval of a specific housing accommodation or room assignment.
  3. Residential Life is unable to provide special housing accommodations based solely on a diagnosis of ADD or ADHD.
  4. Disability or specific medical need will take priority over residence hall preference.
  5. Accommodations are provided to the individual student, if approved, not to her/his group or preferred roommates. The student is required to assess the importance and significance of the accommodation versus preference of roommate(s) or residence hall.
  6. Single-occupancy rooms are very limited in on-campus housing, and may not be recommended except in cases involving clear and substantiated need.

Temporary Disabilities

Temporary disabilities are not covered by Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Personal care cannot be provided for temporary disabilities such as a broken ankle, wrist, etc. However, consultation, assistance with obtaining support, and other relevant information can be provided through this office. Documentation may be required.

Course Substitutions

In some cases, a specific learning disability can interfere with a student’s successful completion of a course (e.g., foreign language and mathematics courses). Appropriate documentation from a psychologist that specifically addresses this issue is required. Course substitutions cannot be permitted if the course is determined essential to a student’s major.

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