Mission and Goals

Revised 08/12/2010

Disability Programs and Services (DPS) provides access to academic and co-curricular programs through reasonable accommodations and student-centered assistance.

In addition, DPS is available as a resource to faculty, staff and community agencies to provide education, consultation and guidance regarding disability issues. Our office is the main source of advocacy for students with disabilities in the development of the university’s policies, procedures, programs and curriculum.


  • Provide access to educational opportunity with services and advocacy which integrate the students with disabilities into the university community.

  • Provide reasonable academic accommodations based on review and evaluation of documentation of disability presented by students.

  • Certify individual disabilities for students of the university and maintain confidentiality for the student.

  • Counsel individual students regarding disability issues.

  • Empower students toward self-advocacy.

  • Help create a diverse student body.

  • Assist in the recruitment of students with disabilities.

  • Advise and refer students to appropriate resources.

  • Facilitate the appeals process as related to disability issues. 

  • Secure accommodation services for students with specific needs.

  • Provide exam proctoring for students with documented need for this service.

  • Consult with faculty, staff and students regarding disability issues.

  • Provide disability education and consultation to the university community and outside agencies. 

  • Act as liaison to outside agencies and community groups.

  • Support the university’s efforts to comply with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.