Disability Services

Everyone should have an equal opportunity to learn.

At DSU, we are 100% dedicated to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to learn, and we do everything we can to accommodate for needs of all kinds.

Our on-campus Office of Disability Services works hard to make sure we’re providing a physically and programmatically accessible environment. We also have a ADA Advisor who works with students with disabilities to coordinate accommodations based on their individual needs.

We also advise that you check out the differences between high school and college disability accommodations.

Sign up for disability services.

To receive accommodations for a disability at DSU, here’s what you need to do.

  1. Contact your ADA Advisor (see below).
  2. Complete the Request For Disability Services form online.
  3. Return the Disability Notification Card that came with your registration materials.
  4. Provide recent medical or other appropriate diagnostic evaluation of your disability as soon as possible.
  5. Discuss your accommodations with the ADA Advisor before the school year starts.

You will be responsible for making timely and appropriate disclosures and requests to Disability Services for your accommodations. 

Requests for accommodations must be made every semester that you register for classes. Please be aware that accommodations are not retroactive, so if you wait until the middle of the semester to request accommodations, any assignments turned in before you are approved for accommodations are not covered.

Each student will also be responsible for actively participating in the securing of his or her accommodations and auxiliary aids.

Finally, the university has no obligation to provide academic adjustments until receipt of sufficient specific information to enable it to evaluate a student's needs and the school's ability to provide the needed academic adjustments.

Diagnostic evaluation

If you are requesting disability services, you’ll be required to provide recent (no older than three years) medical or other appropriate diagnostic evaluation of the disability. Documentation should include, as appropriate, physical description, medical or clinical cautions and recommendations for necessary accommodations in an academic setting. Documentation must be provided by a qualified physician, psychologist, psychiatrist or other appropriate health care provider.

Talk to us.

We’re here to help you any way we can. Email us or give us a call at (605) 256-5121.

We respect your privacy.

The Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act are very clear in stating that disability related information is to be treated with strict confidentiality. This is extremely important to individuals who may wish to access their right to accommodation while minimizing the risk of stigma sometimes associated with disability.

To be eligible for an accommodation, the student or employee must present verification of disability and arrange an appointment with the Americans with Disabilities Advisor.