Valpo admission criteria

Students with disabilities are required to go through the admissions process the same as any other student applying at Valpo; they cannot request special treatment based on having a disability. Once admitted to the University, they can contact the Access and Accommodations Resource Center office to discuss accommodations.

Requirements when requesting Access and Accommodations Resource Center Services

Students are required to obtain and provide documentation verifying they have a disability that limits their academic success. The specific documentation required is described here. Disability documentation must be prepared by a licensed health care professional and identify the nature and functional impact of the impairment. Students should also identify the accommodations received in previous educational settings.

Self-identification

Students are required to self-identify their disability and need for accommodations by making contact with the Access and Accommodations Resource Center office; Access and Accommodations Resource Center personnel will not seek out students with disabilities. Students may self-identify at any point during the semester.

  • Students often first contact and sometimes meet with the director of Access and Accommodations Resource Center during the spring of their senior year of high school.
  • Students might approach their professor about having learning problems; the professor should suggest that the student contact the director of Access and Accommodations Resource Center to discuss possible accommodations. The professor can alert the Access and Accommodations Resource Center director about the student, but the student must self-identify to officially begin the Access and Accommodations Resource Center process.

Determination of eligibility for services

The Access and Accommodations Resource Center director is responsible for determining student eligibility for academic adjustments and services. Eligibility decisions are made on a case-by-case basis and take into consideration disability documentation, student self-report, and history of academic adjustments and services. The Access and Accommodations Resource Center director will evaluate and determine eligibility in a timely manner.

Interview with director of Access and Accommodations Resource Center

  • Director of Access and Accommodations Resource Center meets with student to discuss disability, functional limitations, and accommodations being requested
  • Accommodations letter is drafted to be sent to professors
  • Forms are completed by student

Forms required to be completed by student

  • Student writes a letter in which he/she formally requests Access and Accommodations Resource Center services
  • Student signs form giving permission to communicate with University personnel about accommodations

Accommodations information is sent to professors by Access and Accommodations Resource Center office

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