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Disability Resource Center Handbook


Updated 2014

Dear Student,

Welcome to the Disability Resource Center(DRC)! The DRC staff is pleased to assist students in achieving their educational and vocational goals.

This handbook is designed to outline some of the services and accommodations available from the DRC and specifies guidelines that are pertinent to these services. The handbook does not address every service, program or accommodation available to students. The handbook may be altered from time to time without prior notice. It is important to keep in touch with your Accessibility Consultant on a regular basis for updates on services and procedures. Students are encouraged to become familiar with the other relevant policies and procedures of Utah State University (USU).

Handbook Index

DRC Purpose

It is the policy of USU to comply with the fundamental principles of nondiscrimination and accommodation in academic programs, which are set forth in the implementing regulations for Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. These regulations state that:

No qualified student with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any ... postsecondary education program or activity ... [Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, 84.43]

An institution shall make such modifications to its academic requirements as are necessary to ensure that such requirements do not discriminate or have the effect of discrimination on the basis of handicap, against a qualified handicapped applicant or student ... Modifications may include changes in the length of time permitted for the completion of degree requirements, substitution of specific courses required for the completion of degree requirements, and adaptation of the manner in which specific courses are conducted. [Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, 84.44]

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 extends the provisions of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act to private institutions. It also puts in place more effective means for enforcing the law.

The DRC works with individuals, faculty, and staff to ensure that students with disabilities can fully participate in University programs, services, and activities. The center helps individuals with disabilities overcome barriers that could otherwise limit their academic, professional, and personal potential. These barriers may be architectural, attitudinal, or related to University programs. The DRC provides direct services and coordinates with other state agencies and University programs to ensure equal access.

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Disability Resource Center (DRC) is to provide persons with disabilities equal access to University programs, services, and activities. This is accomplished by fostering an environment which supports the understanding and acceptance of persons with disabilities throughout the University community, and the provision of reasonable and appropriate accommodations. The DRC affirms the right of persons with disabilities to obtain access in a manner promoting dignity and independence.

Goals

  • Assist the University in achieving compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. This responsibility includes providing services and accommodations to students, faculty, and staff.
  • Provide supportive services to individuals with disabilities, including academic assistance, adaptive equipment, counseling, readers, transcribers, interpreters, and advocacy to ensure equal access to education, employment, and other University programs.
  • Provide academic, personal, and career counseling to assist students in the development of personal and financial independence.
  • Review architectural and program accessibility and make recommendations for the removal of barriers.
  • Provide support to faculty by providing training, designing accommodations, and consulting on disability-related issues.
  • Promote University disability awareness through workshops, in-service training, and consultation with departments, faculty, and community activities.
  • Evaluate requests for reasonable accommodation to ensure adherence to the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Registering with the DRC

Students desiring to qualify for the services of the DRC or who wish to request any disability related accommodation must complete the application process described below and be determined by a DRC counselor to meet specific eligibility guidelines.

Online and Regional Campus Students and the DRC

The DRC coordinates services for any USU student at any location within the USU Regional Campus system. All accommodations provided to on-campus students are available for online and regional campus students. The application process is the same.

Distance Education students will interact with their DRC counselor by telephone and Email but whenever possible accommodation requests should be via Email. Because of the challenges presented by distance, site coordinators may be involved in the provision of services.

Specialized equipment can be made available at Regional Campuses if needed, however, the DRC does not provide assistive technology for home use. Distance Education students should Email accommodation requests to their Accessibility Consultant each semester. Testing and Classroom Accommodation Forms will be completed by the Accessibility Consultant, and copies will be sent to the student, instructor, and site coordinator.

Transition to USU

The DRC provides transition assistance to incoming students. Entry to the university setting from high school, community college, or employment can be stressful. Some students need to review basic subjects or need assessment to determine if college is right for them. The DRC will help you navigate this sometimes-complicated process.

Admission requirements for the University are the same for all students, regardless of the presence of a disabling condition and may change from year to year. Students who do not meet these criteria should speak with admissions to explore alternative admissions options. Students planning to use DRC services are encouraged to meet with an Accessibility Consultant several weeks before their first semester begins because it can take time to arrange for individual accommodations.

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DRC Application Process

Students with disabilities may be eligible for services and reasonable accommodations at Utah State University. The ADA Amendments Act defines a person with a disability as an individual with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Each applicant's application will be evaluated based on this definition.

In order to qualify for services or accommodations, students must:

  • Complete the application.
  • Meet with an Accessibility Consultant for an intake interview.
  • Provide current disability documentation as outlined in the DRC Documentation Guidelines.
  • Review documentation with an Accessibility Consultant to discuss eligibility status and determine services. Students will receive a written statement of eligibility from the DRC.

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Eligibility and Documentation

Eligibility for DRC programs is based on the presence of a disability. The use of previous services and related documentation such as IEP's and 504's will be taken into consideration when determining eligibility. Further documentation of a disability may be needed to help determine if a disability exists or to improve our ability to recommend specific accommodations. When documentation is required it should:

  • Be from a licensed professional such as a medical doctor, audiologist, or psychologist.
  • Be in writing, printed on letterhead with the name, and specialty of the provider stated.
  • Clearly state the nature of the disability.
  • Discuss limitations that might arise in the academic environment.

If the disability is a learning disability or the accommodations requested are related to cognition, a comprehensive psycho-educational evaluation is needed. The evaluation report should include all standard test scores, subtest scores, and the evaluators narrative.

 

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Confidentiality of Medical Information

The DRC follows relevant state and federal regulations with regard to confidentiality. DRC records are maintained in locked filing cabinets and secure electronic files. No person other than DRC staff has immediate access to these files.

In compliance with federal regulations, the DRC may share a limited amount of disability-related information with University personnel who demonstrate a legitimate need to know.

Student transcripts and other University records will not indicate DRC participation.

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Role of the Accessibility Consultant

The primary role of the Accessibility Consultant is to work with students, faculty, and staff to ensure that the university is accessible to individuals with disabilities. Whenever possible equal access will be achieved by implementing principles of Universal Design and Universal Design for Learning. When barriers still exist students should request reasonable accommodations through their Accessibility Consultant.

Each student will be assigned to an Accessibility Consultant when he/she first enters the program but, upon request, a student may change to another Accessibility Consultant at any time. Accessibility Consultant's work with students to identify and overcome disability related barriers in order to ensure that students can fully participate in all aspects of university life. Requests for accommodations should be made directly to a students Accessibility Consultant. The Accessibility Consultant will evaluate the appropriateness of the accommodation request based upon the current impact of the student's disability. This is often a collaborative process that involves the student, faculty, and staff.

The Accessibility Consultant may also provide academic and personal support to the student, while encouraging and promoting independence. The Accessibility Consultant does not function as a student's academic advisor or therapist, but can provide general counseling, vocational guidance, referral, and advocacy. While the Accessibility Consultant may recommend classes or give general scheduling advice, they are not academic advisors. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester prior to registration. Students can be best served by working closely with both their Accessibility Consultant and academic advisor.

The DRC does not provide psychological services; however, DRC staff can provide referrals to providers within the community. The Counseling Center, the USU Psychology Department Community Clinic, the Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic, and Bear River Mental Health will provide personal and family therapy. With a written release of information, the DRC may consult with mental health providers to determine the type of services that will be most helpful to the student.

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Accommodations

Whenever possible equal access for individuals with disabilities will be achieved by implementing principles of Universal Design and Universal Design for Learning. When barriers still exist students may request reasonable accommodations as a means of securing equal access. Accommodations should be requested through the DRC rather than directly to faculty members.

Accommodations are determined on an individualized basis. There is no predetermined list of accommodations for any particular disability. Accommodations are determined through an interactive process that begins during a students intake interview with their Accessibility Consultant. Accommodation decisions are based on the impact of a students disability, any relevant academic policies, and an assessment of the essential elements of a course or program of study.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines reasonable accommodations as the provision of services, such as interpreters, note-takers, extended time on examinations, architectural access, program modification and other adjustments. Participants must be otherwise qualified for the program in which they are enrolled.

Neither Section 504, nor the ADA , requires universities to lower their academic standards or substantially alter the essential elements of their courses or programs to accommodate students with disabilities. The requirement to provide reasonable accommodations is designed to afford equal access for students with disabilities. Achieving reasonable accommodations for a student with a disability involves shared responsibility among students, faculty, and staff.

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Common DRC Accommodations

Students and their counselor will meet throughout the year to discuss the services that they are eligible for, which may include:

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Pre-Priority Registration

Pre-Priority registration is available to students who have specific disability related scheduling needs. Contact your Accessibility Consultant if you feel you have a disability related need for early registration. Priority registration dates will be emailed to eligible students. Students who miss the prepriority registration deadlines must participate in the regular registration process.

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Accommodated Testing

Eligibility for accommodated testing is based on the presence of a disability that impacts testing performance. Students seeking testing accommodations may be asked to provide documentation of their disability as well as evidence of its impact on testing.

Students who have been approved for accommodated testing should follow the process below to secure their accommodations.

On Campus Students

  • Read and sign the Testing Contract.
  • Fill out Testing Accommodation Form(s) for each class at the beginning of each semester and have them sighed by your DRC counselor. Whenever possible this should include listing all scheduled testing dates on the form.
  • Take the form(s) to your instructor(s) to be completed and signed.
  • Return the completed form(s) to the DRC Testing Coordinator at least three days before the first exam.
  • If testing dates were not listed on your Testing Accommodation Form, or if a date that was listed changes, the testing staff must be notified at least three business days before each exam. As a rule, examinations will be given at the same time as they are given to the class for which the student is registered. The DRC does not have the authority to change the time of exams. Permission to administer an exam at a time different than the class must be communicated to the DRC by the instructor.
  • All examinations must be scheduled during DRC business hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Examinations must be completed by the end of the business day. Please contact the DRC Testing Coordinator if other arrangements must be made.
  • All finals need to be scheduled one week before finals start.
  • Final examinations are given in accordance with the University's published examination schedule.

On Exam Day

  • Arrive on time. Late arrival will result in a comparable deduction in the time scheduled for the examination.
  • Plan for your personal needs: eat, take medications, use the rest room, and make arrangements for transportation and childcare.
  • Once the exam has begun, students may not leave the testing room until the exam is finished, unless permission is granted from the testing coordinator.
  • All books, homework, cell phones, pagers, and other electronic devices must be left with the testing coordinator while the student is taking the exam. Any materials allowed in the exam room must be authorized by the instructor.
  • The DRC reserves the right to enter testing rooms at any time for test security reasons. Blinds must remain open, and the doors must remain unlocked at all times. Violations of academic honesty will be reported to the instructor immediately.
  • If there is a disability related reason that you can not make it to an exam email both your DRC counselor and your instructor to explain your situation.

Online and Regional Campus Students

  • Testing accommodations must be requested via email from your DRC Counselor each semester. Please list the class name and the accommodations requested.
  • A Distance Education Exam Accommodation form will be sent to you, your instructor, and a site facilitator at your regional campus.
  • When testing will be done at a USU Regional Campus you will need to contact the local testing coordinator for specific instructions about scheduling accommodated exams at your location.

 

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Printed Materials in Alternate Format

Students who have a disability that impacts their ability to access reading materials should speak with their Accessibility Consultant about Alternative Format Services. Upon request the DRC will provide alternative accessible formats of required and recommended readings for eligible students. The DRC can also coordinate with the library to provide accessible formats for any library book. The University also has a number of resources that all students may use to create alternative format materials.

Requesting Alternative Format Materials

Once you register for your course, or as soon as you know you need reading materials in an alternative format, submit an alternative format request to Adam Rounds. This can be through email adam.rounds@usu.edu, or in person. Requests should include 1) a list of the books/readings to be converted, 2) the ISBNs of your books or location of readings, and 3) your preferred format (audio, PDF, RTF, etc.).

Verifying ownership of textbook/course reader

For the sake of time, you do not need to purchase your book in order to make a request. However, you must show proof of purchase before the DRC can release alternate format books to you.

General Timeframes

To be sure you have your alt media before the start of classes, submit your alt media request during class registration or at least 6 weeks prior to the beginning of class. The DRC will make its reasonable best efforts to provide full production of the material submitted by this time frame at least three days before the start of classes.

Standard Production Time

Producing edited alt media for most textbooks takes two (2) to four (4) weeks, course readers can take 3-5 weeks to complete. This timeline can be less based on what is available and the office workload. This emphasizes the need for early requests

Expedited Production (Rolling Basis)

When a shorter turn-around time is needed to complete a required course assignment, you may opt to obtain portions of your textbook or course reader as needed on a "rolling basis", rather than at the end of the Standard Production Time. Prioritize conversion of required portions of your textbook, course reader, or other material distributed by instructors by requesting portions of the material and identifying the date the assignment is due. Starting within five business days of an urgent request for portions of a textbook, and starting within eight business days of an urgent request for portions of a course reader, those portions of the textbook, course reader or other materials that are due will be provided on a "rolling basis" prior to each upcoming due date. The complete textbook, course reader or other materials will be provided as soon as reasonable.

Braille and Specialized Text

Conversion for subjects such as math, chemistry, computer science, or foreign languages may take longer to convert given the extent of symbols and equations they contain. Requests for Braille may also take longer due to the amount of re-formatting necessary.

Creating Alternate Format Materials Yourself

There are several options available for converting the format of hard copy printed materials when the amount of material involved is small, and you want the materials very quickly. To make this as easy as possible, scanners (with multiple formatting choices) are located in the library and in the DRC. Students may use any of these scanners at no charge. Students who are unable to use the self-scanners due to a disability will be assisted upon request.

Software

The following software is available to assist students who are converting materials themselves.

  • TextAloud- can be used to convert text to speech. The user cuts and pastes the text into the window of the program to hear it read aloud. Can be used to process entire files into audio. TextAloud also has toolbars that read text inside of Firefox, Internet Explorer, MS Word, and MS Outlook.
  • Balabolka (free)- Another free software program that converts text to speech. Does not have toolbars
  • Adobe 11 Professional –A PDF reader/writer that allows the user to add accessibility features.
  • WYNN- allows scanned materials to be read back aloud or saved to Mp3.

Appropriate Use of Alt Media

When you request alt media you are agreeing to the following: Any materials provided to you by DRC may not be copied or distributed in any manner that violates copyright law. For example if you sell the original hard copy version of a copyright protected text, you must promptly return the converted alternative media version to the DRC DSP or self-delete your electronic version.

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Note-takers:

Accessing and effectively using notes is an important part of success in most USU courses. There many ways to improve your ability to take notes independently and effectively including:

  • Review note taking resources at the Academic Resource Center's Website
  • Use a digital recorder or Livescribe Pen. The Livescribe Pen allows you to sync a recording of the lecture to your own notes.
  • Print any notes or PowerPoints prior to class and take your notes on the same paper.

Students who do not feel they have access to notes independently may request note taking services from their Accessibility Consultant. Students may choose to receive notes in one of two ways. Students approved for DRC Note Taking Services may arrange for them in one of two ways.

Student Directed:

Student may ask a friend or classmate to take notes. Carbonless note pads are available from the DRC. Note-taker's arranged for in this manor are still eligible for stipends but they must register with the DRC. Supervision of the note-taker is the responsibility of the student . This includes class attendance, quality of notes, and delivery of notes to the student. If at any time the student would like to have a DRC-coordinated note-taker contact the Note-taker Coordinator to make a formal request

DRC Directed:

Requests for a DRC note-taker should be made as soon as you are aware of the need. The request can be made in person, by emailing drcnotes@usu.edu or on the DRC website. Notes will be delivered to you via your USU Box account.

Communication Access and Interpreter Services

Students seeking communication access via transcription, sign language interpreters, or CART services should meet with the Deaf Services Coordinator several weeks prior to the beginning of the semester to discuss their needs. Specific guidelines are outlined in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Student Handbook.

Attendance

At USU students are expected to attend classes, laboratory periods, examinations, and clinical assignments, as well as adhere to the attendance policies set by faculty. If a student feels that he/she may need additional flexibility because of a disability, the student remains responsible for fulfilling the essential requirements of the course. The essential requirements are defined by the instructor, who determines if and when these requirements have been met. Faculty are not required to compromise the essential elements of the course as an accommodation.

With this understanding, students who feel that they may need an attendance adjustment should follow the following procedure in making their request:

  • Review the course syllabus to determine the instructor's attendance expectations.
  • Meet with your Accessibility Consultant as early in the semester as possible to discuss your specific needs.
  • Provide current documentation from your health care provider that specifically addresses your need for an attendance adjustment.
  • To determine reasonable attendance accommodations your accessibility consultant will contact your instructor. The extent of reasonable attendance accommodation is determined by the DRC and faculty members using specific course related information.
  • If the request is granted, students will be provided with information about the extent of the accommodation.
  • You will then need to meet with your instructor to determine how you will communicate the need to miss a class and how to make-up missed work.

Students using attendance accommodations should be aware that:

  • You may not miss class whenever you want. Attendance accommodations are for disability related absences only
  • You are still responsible for all course work. You need to have a plan for obtaining any missed notes, announcements, or class lecture materials
  • If class absences are beyond what is a reasonable accommodation for the class you will need to work with your Accessibility Consultant to discuss other reasonable accommodations such as withdrawal, late drop, or incomplete.

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Does the DRC provide access to computers and other assistive technology or equipment?

The Assistive Technology Learning Center (ATLC) is located in the DRC (University Inn #105). The ATLC provides assistance and training to students with disabilities who may have computing and adaptive technology needs.

ATLC Technology-Software

  • JAWS - Screen Reader
  • Zoom Text - Screen Magnifier
  • Victor Reader - RFB&D Reader
  • Text Aloud - Text to Audio Converter
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking - Speech to Text Converter
  • Wynn Wizard - Enhances Reading, Writing, and Productivity
  • Math Type - Mathematical Equation Editor
  • Accessible Graphing Calculator
  • Magic Cursor and Screen Doors - Alternate Cursor/Keyboard Controllers
  • Braille Translators - Convert Text Documents to Braille
  • Tiger Designer - Design Graphics for Embossing as Tactile Images

ATLC Technology-Hardware

  • Tiger Embosser - Embosses and Prints Braille and Tactile Images
  • Opal Handheld CCTV - Electronic Magnifier
  • Topaz CCTV - Electronic Magnifier
  • Tracker 2000 - Control Cursor with Head Movement

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Equipment Loan Program

The DRC maintains a limited inventory of equipment, which can be loaned to students on a short-term basis. Students are encouraged to visit the DRC to discuss their equipment needs with their DRC counselor. Some of the equipment available includes:

  • FM Systems (Assistive Listening Devices)
  • Alpha Smart Keyboards
  • Digital Tape Recorders
  • Portable Screen Magnifier

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What services are not available from the DRC?

The DRC provides services as outlined in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. We are not able to provide services of a personal nature such as personal attendant care, tutors, readers, scribes, typists or interpreters for personal use including personal study. The DRC is also unable to provide equipment for personal use such as wheelchairs, computers or hearing aids. Students with disabilities are responsible for providing current medical or diagnostic information as outlined earlier in this handbook . Unlike the services provided in public education under IDEA, these services are the responsibility of the student. If you have need for such services, please contact your DRC counselor for referral to other campus or community programs.

DRC Student Rights:

  • The right to a learning environment free of discrimination and harassment
  • The right to equal access to the programs, services, and activities of Utah State University ;
  • The right to reasonable and appropriate accommodations, academic adjustment, and aides, as determined on a case-by-case basis; and
  • The right to appropriate confidentiality of information pertaining to his/her disability, except as required by law.

DRC Student Responsibilities:

  • Provide and update student information, including name, telephone number, and e-mail address, for DRC records.
  • Recognize that e-mail is the official method of communication for the University. Students should check their e-mail often for information regarding registration, financial aid, the DRC, and other services.
  • Voluntarily identify disability-related needs to the DRC.
  • Provide current and complete disability documentation to the DRC.
  • Formally request needed accommodations and services in a timely manner.
  • Notify the DRC of any changes or concerns regarding services, accommodations, or if classes have been dropped/added.
  • Abide by policies contained in The Code of Policies and Procedures for Students at Utah State University and the USU Academic Policies and Procedures Manual
  • Attend classes and maintain the academic standards set by the University, as well as by the college and the department of the student's major.
  • Communicate with faculty regarding administrative, academic, and disability- related needs.
  • Personally make arrangements for personal needs, transportation, and study assistance.
  • Use services responsibly and treat service providers and faculty with respect and courtesy.

DRC Responsibilities:

  • Provide information and services enabling students with disabilities to participate in programs, services, and activities of the University.
  • Review disability documentation and determine, on behalf of the University, eligibility for accommodations and services.
  • Provide services in a timely fashion, in accordance with DRC published procedures.
  • Keep disability-related information confidential.
  • Support faculty and staff in the provision of reasonable accommodations.
  • Advocate responsibly for the rights of persons with disabilities.
  • Consult with University administration, faculty, and staff on policy and procedures related to accommodations and access, as required under current Federal and State law.

Faculty Responsibilities Related to Students with Disabilities:

  • Refer students to the DRC to have disabilities documented and appropriate accommodations determined.
  • Include a syllabus statement for each course, informing students about the availability of reasonable accommodations and alternate-format materials.
  • Help provide reasonable accommodations, including the use of auxiliary aides, note-takers, interpreters, and access to printed and web-based materials.
  • Show confidence in students' abilities to achieve their intellectual, personal, and academic potential.
  • Keep disability-related information confidential.
  • Discuss all student-related information directly with the student, rather than with his/her aide or interpreter.

 

How do I arrange for services or disability-related academic adjustments?

Students must meet with their DRC counselor at the beginning of each semester to discuss the services that they will need. The counselor will provide a letter or form for the student to deliver to his/her instructors, or a note for their DRC record, indicating other approved services.

The two most common DRC forms are the Testing Accommodation Form and the Classroom Accommodation Form. The Testing Accommodation Form is used exclusively to request adjustments in administering examinations, such as additional time or a distraction-free testing environment. The Classroom Accommodation Form is used for accommodations that are unique to the student, such as special seating arrangements, the need to stand up during class, or health-related issues. Please talk with your counselor about the Classroom Accommodation Form.

It is recommended that students take accommodation forms to their instructors during faculty office hours. This will allow instructors to read the forms and discuss adjustments with the student before completely filling out the forms. Many students prefer not to discuss accommodation issues in the presence of other students. By meeting faculty in their offices, students have more confidentiality and an opportunity to develop better relationships with their instructors. Faculty appreciate these accommodation contacts early in the semester and are most willing to work with students who keep them informed of unique situations as they arise.

Other needed services should be discussed directly with your DRC counselor.

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Medical Leave

Students who have medical emergencies are encouraged to apply for medical leave prior to the published drop date for each semester. Late withdrawals are not automatic even for the most critical medical situations. A request for late withdrawal made late in the semester may be denied. In such an event, students may file an appeal with the Provost's Office. Tuition refunds are determined in accordance with the U university's published refund schedule. The forms needed for withdrawal, leave of absence, academic adjustment, and appeals can be found on the Registrar's website.

Please check the class syllabus or the semester Schedule of Classes for information on late withdrawal or medical leave. Students should also check with the Financial Aid Office, their academic advisor, Vocational Rehabilitation, and the Registrar prior to withdrawal to determine the consequences of leaving school midterm.

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Accessibility and Safety

Most of the buildings at USU are accessible to persons with mobility impairments and have been equipped with appropriate warning devices. Accessibility information is available from the DRC or online. Students and visitors who identify a location that is not accessible are encouraged to contact the DRC at (435) 797-2444, so that we may identify and address architectural or other barriers. In the event that a classroom or lab is not accessible, the class may be moved to a different location. Please contact the DRC if additional modifications are needed.

Is the USU campus safe for a person with a disability?

USU has made every attempt to make the campus safe for all students. Appropriate fire alarms are in place, and all safety code requirements have been addressed. Persons with disabilities may have individual needs that should be considered. Students and visitors are encouraged to be attentive to the possibility of an evacuation emergency, and evaluate the locations where they reside and attend class, identifying possible evacuation routes. People who may require evacuation assistance should go to the nearest designated safe area and await assistance. Evacuation equipment (EvacuTrac) for persons with mobility impairments is located on the eighth floor of the Business Building, on the fifth floor of the University Inn, and in the incident command response van. Persons with disabilities are also encouraged to use cell phones and other electronic devices to assist with location in the event of an emergency.

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Accessible parking

Permits for accessible parking may be obtained from USU Parking and Transportation Services. Students seeking permits should first obtain a placard issued by the state in which the vehicle is licensed. Students must supply medical information in order to get a permit. Forms can be picked up at the Cache County Courthouse, First Floor Assessor's Office, 179 North Main, Logan , (435) 716-7110. Their hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. , Monday through Friday.

USU Annual Disabled Stickers:

A permit purchased from the University is required and must be affixed to the state disabled-placard that hangs from the rear-view mirror. If a disabled license plate is used, a staff or student hanging permit will be issued. Once you have obtained your USU parking permit, you may park in any "disabled-only" parking space on campus. If the disabled spaces are occupied, you may park in any other legal space.

Temporary Medical Permits:

USU also issues temporary medical permits to students or staff members having a short-term mobility limitation (i.e., recent surgery, broken leg, etc.). The permit allows access to specific parking areas during the individual's class times or working hours.

In order to be issued a temporary medical permit, you must:

1. Have your doctor sign a verification form, that verifies your disability limitations and the duration that special access is needed.

2. Bring the signed form, along with your current class registration if you are a student, to USU Parking and Transportation Services. (Please allow 24 hours for processing.)

3. Purchase a student or staff permit. To be valid, a temporary permit must be placed on the dashboard of the driver's side, so that it may be easily seen through the window.

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Transportation services

Aggie Shuttle:

The Aggie Shuttle provides on-campus transportation with four routes, operating from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. , Monday through Friday, as well as one evening route, operating from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Complete Aggie Shuttle maps are available on any Aggie Shuttle Bus, at USU Parking and Transportation Services, and at the Visitor Information Center.

Other Transportation Options:

The Logan Transit District (LTD) operates local buses and buses that serve the greater Cache Valley. All buses are wheelchair-accessible and are no cost, including paratransit buses. Users of paratransit buses must apply for this service and provide appropriate documentation. For more information, contact LTD at (435) 752-2877.

  • Logan Taxi Cab (435) 753-3663
  • Cache Valley Cab (435) 752-4555
  • The Cache Valley Limousine Airport Shuttle (435) 754-6400 provides shuttle service to and from the Salt Lake City International Airport.

Service/Therapy Animals

Service animals are welcome at Utah State University. The Department of Justice States that, "Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA."

Support Animals

Support animals may be allowed in USU housing as a reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals. To qualify for this accommodation individuals must provide documentation that demonstrates that 1) they are an individual with a disability, 2) the animal is necessary to afford the individual an equal opportunity to use and enjoy their dwelling, and 3) there is a relationship between the disability and the assistance the animal provides. Contact the DRC for further information about receiving approval for a support animal in housing.

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Housing

Accessible housing is available at USU. Contact Housing and Dining Services at (435) 797-3113 for more information about on-campus housing options. Students having specific disability-related needs may request reasonable accommodations. The DRC will coordinate closely with Housing and Dining Services to address individual student needs.

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Financial Assistance

USU students may qualify for a number of financial aid programs, including grants, scholarships, and loans. Applications for these programs are available online from the Financial Aid Office.

The DRC also has a few competitive scholarships available as well. Please visit our scholarship page for more information.

There may also be assistance from a number of other programs, including the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation. DRC counselors are happy to discuss financial aid options with students.

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Grievance Procedure

This Grievance Procedure may be used by any student who wishes to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in the provision of services, activities, programs, or benefits by Utah State University.

Students are encouraged to first discuss any concerns with their DRC counselor. She/he will be the person most knowledgeable about your situation and most concerns will be resolved at this level. If need be DRC Director David Pruden will work with the student and counselor resolve problems informally. If the issue is not sufficiency resolved a formal complaint may be filed.

The complaint should be in writing and contain information about the alleged discrimination. It should be submitted as soon as possible but no later than 30 calendar days after the alleged violation to:

David Pruden
Interim Director
Disability Resource Center
University Inn #105
david.pruden@usu.edu  

Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the complaint David will speak with the student to discuss the complaint and the possible resolutions.  Within 7 calendar days of the meeting David respond in writing explain the position of the DRC.                                             

If the response by David does not satisfactorily resolve the issue, the complainant may appeal the decision within 15 calendar days after receipt of the response to:

James Morales
Vice President for Student Services
Taggart Student Center, Room 220
(435) 797-1712
james.morales@usu.edu

Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the appeal he will speak with the student individually to resolve problems related to services and treatment. Within 7 calendar days he VP Morales will respond in writing explaining the position of USU.

The Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Office, located in room 115 of the Military Science building, (435) 797-1266 will review either formal or informal disability-related complaints following the process outlined in Article VII, Section 4 of the USU Student Code.

Although students are encouraged to try to resolve grievances within the campus, you also have the right to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights at any time . Additional information on the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 can be found online at http://www.adainformation.com/ and at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission website at http://eeoc.gov/ .

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What other supportive services are available for students at USU?

Utah Assistive Technology Program (UATP)

UATP is a division of the Center for Persons with Disabilities (CPD) at USU, and supports the Assistive Technology (AT) Laboratory, where devices are designed and built to meet the individual needs of clients. The AT Lab trains students to design, use, and repair mobility devices such as wheelchairs and scooters. Some of these devices are available for short - term loan. The AT Lab also has a fully - equipped adapted computer laboratory , which offers the use of adaptive software and hardware to enable persons with disabilities to learn and use computer - based assistive technologies. UATP provides assistive technology training, information , and AT assessment and evaluation services. It also administers the Assistive Technology Foundation, which provides low - interest loans for the purchase of assistive technology. The Assistive Technology Lab is located in the Janet Quinney Lawson Building, (435) 797-0699. The UATP main office can be reached at (435) 797-3824.

Emotional, Relationship, or Family Concerns:

Intellectual/Academic Support:

Physical Activities:

  • Informal Recreation: Basketball, racquetball, rock climbing wall, running, swimming, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, walking, wallyball, and weight lifting are offered. For more information about free time facilities, call (435) 797-1503.
  • Club Sports: Clubs are offered for ballroom dance, baseball, fencing, hockey, karate, kayaking, lacrosse, master's swim, racquetball, rodeo, rugby, scuba, skiing, soccer, table tennis, tae kwon do, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, and water polo. Further information about sport clubs is available by calling (435) 797-7218.
  • Intramural Sports: Students may participate in basketball, flag football, frisbee golf, golf, indoor and outdoor soccer, ultimate frisbee, racquetball, softball, table tennis, triathlon, tennis, turkey trot, volleyball, and wallyball. For more information about intramural sports, call (435) 797-1504.
  • The Outdoor Recreation Center (ORC) includes a rental shop, an outdoor trips program, and alternative programs. Contact the ORC at (435) 797-3264.
  • Common Ground Outdoor Adventures provides outdoor recreational opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities. Adaptive equipment is also provided. You may contact them at (435) 713-0288 or visit them at 290 North 400 East, Logan.

Social Activities:

ASUSU. helps keep students informed about campus events.

Occupational Counseling:

USU Career Services, located in University Inn 102, offers career and job search assistance.

Financial Concerns:

Financial counseling is available at:

Please feel free to contact the DRC with any other questions at: (435) 797-2444.

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