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Disability Resource Center

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) assists in determining the classroom accommodations that are most appropriate for students with disabilities based on documentation of their disability. DRC encourages communication with instructors regarding accommodations. DRC will provide eligible students with notification letters regarding their classroom and testing accommodations to give to their professors. Examples of classroom and testing accommodations are varied, but may include: Adapted testing arrangements, extended time on tests, testing in a distraction-free environment, assistance with alternative formats of textbooks, and advocacy with the MSU Housing Department for help with living arrangements.

How to Apply

  1. Log in to MyState: my.msstate.edu
  2. Click on the square menu in the upper left-hand corner. Select Banner.
  3. On the upper right of the Banner section, click the button labeled “AD” to change it from OFF to ON.
  4. Select myBanner for Students. In the Academic Records column, click “Disability Support Services Application.”
  5. Documentation of disability can be uploaded with the online application.
  6. DRC will review the application and documentation and will contact you if more information is needed.
  7. When your application is approved, DRC will contact you to schedule an intake session.

Forms

Student Responsibilities

  1. Students are responsible for requesting notification of disability emails be sent to your professors/instructors EVERY semester. These must be provided before an instructor/professor can provide an accommodation.
  2. Students are responsible for planning and scheduling accommodations with instructors. (Example: Scheduling to take tests in the DRC testing center).
  3. Students are responsible for communicating with professors/instructors. Students and faculty are encouraged to maintain communication throughout the semester regarding accommodations.
  4. Students are responsible for notifying DRC IMMEDIATELY if they have problems receiving accommodations, or if they feel they have been discriminated against.

Notification Letter Process

Each semester:

  • Log on to MyState; click the Menu icon
  • Select “Banner” from the drop-down menu
  • Select MyBanner for Students > Academic Records > View Your Class Schedule & Grades
  • Choose the correct term
  • On the right side of the class schedule, in the Request Accommodation column, check the boxes for each class, and click “Submit.”

Once the requests have been submitted, the system emails the instructor to inform them that the student is approved for academic accommodations. The student and DRC also receive copies. Important: Student may opt not to notify certain instructors; however, no accommodations will be approved for classes without notification. The student must talk with instructors to inform them what accommodation(s) they will need for the class. If the student’s self-advocacy efforts are not successful, student should inform the DRC.
DRC encourages students to contact a DRC counselor if they have questions or need to make changes to their plan of accommodations.

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Appeals Process

Students with disabilities who believe appropriate accommodation has not been made or who feel they have been discriminated against based on their disability should seek assistance from DRC. If assistance offered by DRC is not satisfactory, please reference the university’s Non-Discrimination and Harassment Policy.

Course Substitution

The student should make a request through DRC to the Academic Accommodations Committee. Requests to the committee must be accompanied by current documentation that should provide persuasive evidence that the student is capable of academic success with appropriate academic and testing accommodations. Standardized test scores, historical information, and other standard evaluations should reveal clear deficiencies in these areas. In addition, a request for substitution can be made only after documented use of appropriate academic and testing accommodations.

The recommendation from DRC, along with documentation, will be considered by the Academic Accommodations Committee. The determination of this committee will be forwarded to the department in which the student is majoring, the student's dean's office, DRC, and Registrar’s Office.

If college requirements are being appealed, the dean and department head will make the final decision.

For appeals requesting substitution of university requirements, the dean will forward a recommendation to the Office of Academic Affairs.

Temporary Disabilities

DRC recognizes that individuals with temporary disabilities that are result of injuries, surgery, or short-term medical conditions may need accommodations similar to individuals with permanent disabilities. Examples of temporary disabilities may include, but are not limited to: broken limbs, hand injuries, or short-term impairments following surgery or medical treatments. To receive accommodations for a temporary disability, the student must submit documentation to DRC indicating the type of disability, severity, limitations, prognosis, and estimated duration of the disabling condition. Additional documentation may be requested to verify the need for continued services after the estimated duration of the condition has expired.

Housing

Disability-related housing accommodations are to be requested through the Disability Resource Center.

  • Students with disabilities requesting housing accommodations must begin the process by submitting the request to DRC.
  • Students must provide documentation from and appropriate professional indicating diagnosis and the need for housing accommodations.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to notify DRC each semester that accommodations are needed.

Chronic Illness

Students with a chronic illness should contact DRC for assistance with occasional absences and tardiness. Documentation of illness is required in order to receive accommodations. There are limitations to the amount of absences/tardiness that may be obtained each semester due to a chronic illness. This will be discussed with students during the intake process.

Multiple Exams

Students should not have to take more than two final examinations in a given day. To resolve the issue of multiple final examinations, students will initiate the process. It is the students responsibility to contact instructors regarding rescheduling of examinations. The rescheduling should be completed prior to the beginning of the final examination period and the resulting examination must be administered during the final examination period. For more information on the approved process for rescheduling exams, see Academic Policy 12.04.

What To Do When

PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS

  • Students should request notification of disability letters for instructors through their MyState account prior to the first day of class.

THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS

  • Students are encouraged to discuss academic accommodations with instructors on the first day of class.

TIME TO SCHEDULE CLASSES

  • Students will be notified via email when priority registration beings.

FINAL EXAMS

  • Students taking an exam for the following classes will need to report to the DRC testing center by 5:00 p.m. the day of the exam in order to receive extended testing time:
    • MA 1313
    • MA 1323
    • MA 1613
    • MA/ST 2113
    • ACC 2013
    • ACC 2023
    • Engineering Mechanics

Additional Resources

Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services is "...a state agency that provides resources to help Mississippians with disabilities find new careers, live more independently, overcome obstacles, and face new challenges."

MSU Resources

The Learning Center at MSU provides tutoring and other tools to support student success.
The Writing Center offers support for writing, including assignments and papers.

Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities

  • Online Schools is a simple to use directory containing numerous scholarship options for students with disabilities that range from national financial aid opportunities to local opportunities within the United States and Canada.
  • Additional financial aid opportunities can be found by visiting the Best Colleges web site.

Documentation Information

Disability-related documentation should provide information on the functional impact of the disability so that effective accommodations can be identified. Criteria for the source, scope and content of documentation differs by disability type. Documentation may include assessments, reports, and/or letters from qualified evaluators, professionals, or institutions. Common sources of documentation are health care providers, psychologists, diagnosticians, and/or information from a previous school (e.g., accommodation agreements/letters, 504, or IEP documents).

Suggested Documentation Elements:

  1. Typed on letterhead, dated, and signed by a qualified professional.
  2. Diagnostic Statement with any related diagnostic methodology (diagnostic criteria and/or procedures).
  3. Symptoms experienced by the individual.
  4. Functional limitations to life activities. (Limitations inform which accommodations are appropriate.)
  5. Severity and frequency of the symptoms.
  6. Expected progression of the symptoms or condition.
  7. Current medication(s) and any related side effects.
  8. Current and/or past accommodations.
  9. Any recommended accommodations.

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