Last updated March 23, 2021
As a student at Morningside University, you are responsible for your academic journey. Students with disabilities have the same responsibility as other students to follow the University’s general policies and guidelines regarding standards of conduct. As an adult, you are responsible for your own accommodation requests and disability-related decisions.
Below are a few recommendations of how you can take responsibility in working with Disability Services:
- Be a self-advocate:
- Know yourself and your disability.
- Know your rights and your responsibilities.
- Know where to go for help and reach out to those resources.
- Write down names, office locations, and phone numbers.
- Introduce yourself and communicate your needs--this does not mean you have to share everything about your situation, but rather help initiate conversations about clear expectations.
- Take action and develop a plan for communicating your needs.
- Identify support people if you need an additional advocate.
- Complete the registration process by following the steps on the website to receive or change approved accommodations. Contact Disability Services with any questions about this process.
- Timely complete the necessary forms and provide documentation within the University's Guidelines on Documentation.
- Reach out to your instructors after they receive your approved accommodations from the Disability Services office, and communicate with them about how you are planning to use your approved accommodations.
- Understand that the University must establish qualifications and other essential standards and requirements for its courses, programs, activities, and services. This means that accommodations which reduce these standards, academic requirements, or otherwise fundamentally alter the program, activity, or service will not be approved. The University may also approve alternative accommodations than those requested.
- Inform the Disability Services Coordinator if an accommodation is not being implemented, when it is not effective or necessary, when it might need to be adjusted, or when it is no longer being utilized.
- Report any grievances in a timely manner.
- Adequately meet requirements of chosen program/course of study.