FAQs for Students
How do I receive accommodations?
What do I need to provide for documentation?
Students who request accommodations through the Disability Resource Center will be asked to meet with a staff member and discuss their experience of disability, barriers, and effective and ineffective accommodation strategies. Students will be asked to provide documentation that describes their disability and its likely impact on educational experiences. If no disability documentation exists, students are encouraged to meet with a DRC staff member to discuss options for assessing potential academic barriers and how it relates to the student's disability.
Many students have IEPs/504 plans from high school. While these plans do not directly transfer to college, students are welcome to submit their IEPs/504 plans as part of their documentation. The DRC staff appreciates reviewing these documents to see what has worked for you in the past.
You may review our General Guidelines for Documentation.
Will my disability information be kept confidential?
Disability-related information may be released on a legitimate need-to-know basis within the university community only when there is a compelling reason for disclosure regarding some specific aspect of the confidential information, such as providing an appropriate accommodation. This determination is made by the director of the Disability Center.
How do I obtain an accessible parking permit?
If you have been issued a state accessible parking placard or plates, then you are able to park in accessible parking on campus. In order to use accessible parking on campus, simply obtain a typical Missouri State University parking placard from Parking Administration and use it in conjunction with your state issued accessible parking placard or plates, making sure both placards are visible. If you have further questions regarding parking, please contact Parking Administration.
Can I receive accommodations if I have a temporary injury or illness?
The DRC provides accommodations for students with permanent disabilities. Students with temporary injury or illness (condition that lasts six months or less) should discuss anticipated barriers with instructors and make arrangements with them directly.
Are accommodations retroactive?
No. Accommodations begin only when you have provided your instructors an accommodation memo from the DRC and have had a conversation about how accommodations may work in your specific classes. Instructors must also have reasonable time to arrange for the accommodations requested.
What if my accommodations don't work for me or I run into other issues?
Will the Disability Resource Center provide personal services or devices?
No. The DRC can only provide services of a non-personal nature; this may be different from your K-12 experiences. Services of a personal nature, such as a personal care attendant, orientation and mobility training, wheelchairs and hearing aids are not provided by the DRC. While these types of accommodations are welcome on campus, the DRC cannot provide them.