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Disabilities Services

For students with documented physical, psychological or learning disabilities, accommodations in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are provided when requested. After students provide URSA with appropriate documentation,the Disability Specialist will work with the students to select reasonable accommodations. Students with emotional/psychological or physical disabilities must present up to date documentation of the diagnoses and possible treatment to the Disability Specialist. Providing a doctor's prescription pad note is not sufficient documentation in and of itself but it can be included with other documentation as pat of a more comprehensive evaluation report. Academic Support and Disabilities Services will provide each student with letters for faculty listing the reasonable accommodations the student needs. To continue receiving accommodations, students must meet with the Disability Specialist at the beginning of each semester.  Additionally, Ursuline College's FOCUS program provides a comprehensive fee-based program aimed at supporting students with Learning Disabilities (LD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD).

Students with documented disabilities may take advantage of basic academic support services and appropriate accommodations as determined by the Disability Specialist at no additional cost. These basic support services are rights guaranteed to individuals with disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and ADA. 
Examples of appropriate accommodations include but are not limited to the following:
  • Note-takers
  • Proctors for extended-time exams and other reasonable testing accommodations
  • Assistance with textbooks in alternative format
  • Assistance with the use of adaptive technologies on campus
Frequently Asked Questions

How are testing accommodations provided?

You should discuss your specific needs for testing accommodations (e.g. extended time, separate location) with the Disability Specialist within the first two weeks of a semester. It is in your best interest to self-identify to professors at the beginning of the semester. Current students who need to arrange a test or quiz with URSA should click here to download and complete the URSA Test Arrangement Form.

Will I be assisted in choosing the courses I should take?

All students are assigned an Academic Advisor to assist with scheduling classes. Students can choose to disclose to their advisors that they have a disability, but are not required to do so. If a student would like assistance talking about his or her disability with his or her Academic Advisor and/or instructors, please contact the Disability Specialist.

Additionally, it is helpful for all students to be mindful of their strengths and weaknesses when planning their schedules. Students should work with their academic advisors to plan a balanced course load each semester.

Are there smaller classes for students with LD?

All students with disabilities are fully integrated within every program at Ursuline College. There are no separate classes. Academic standards are not modified. 

Can I request a single room in a residence hall?

See the Resident Life portion of the Student Handbook. Priority is based upon the nature of your disability. Single room charges may be applied. 

What is self-advocacy?

If you received accommodations in high school, teachers, counselors or parents sometimes made decisions and arrangements for you. At the College, it is important that you play a more active role in your own education. You may not know where to begin. You may never have needed to explain your disability or personally request accommodations or services. Fortunately, the Disability Specialist is committed to helping you learn to be an advocate for yourself in a variety of academic, work and social settings. You will be assisted in understanding your disability so that you can describe its impact on your learning to professors. The Disability Specialist may also offer suggestions about services and accommodations that are appropriate for you. Once you learn to be an advocate for yourself, you will find many people at the College who will offer support, understanding and services which can help you succeed in college. 

What is the FOCUS Program?

The FOCUS program is a comprehensive fee-based mentoring and coaching program aimed at helping students with documented disabilities make the successful transition from high school to college and obtain the necessary self-advocacy skills needed to be independent learners. To learn more about the FOCUS program, click here.

For more information, please see the Handbook for Students with Disabilities, or contact Morgan Weber, M.A., Disability Specialist, at morgan.weber@ursuline.edu or 440-449-2046.