Disability Support Services

North Foundation Hall, Room 103A
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
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(248) 370-3266
Fax: (248) 370-4327
Video Phone: (248) 841-8015
TTY: (248) 370-3268

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesdays with extended hours, by appointment only

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The law:
State and federal law, including the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act and University policy protect “qualified persons with disabilities” from discrimination in education and employment.

Disability Support Services

Disability Support Services acts as an advocate for students with disabilities and works with 500-600 students per semester. In addition to helping students understand university policies and practices, we assist students in addressing personal and academic concerns. We supply referrals to other university offices when appropriate.
Pursuant to the Federal Rehabilitation Act, Oakland University will make reasonable modifications to its academic requirements as are necessary to ensure that such requirements do not discriminate or have the effect of discriminating, on the basis of disability, against a qualified disabled applicant or student; provided however, that no modifications will be made to requirements essential to the instruction being pursued by such student or to any directly related licensing requirement.  Reasonable modifications may include changes in the length of time permitted for the completion of degree requirements, substitution of specific courses required for the completion of degree requirements, and adaptation of the manner in which specific courses are conducted.  Similarly, pursuant to the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act, Oakland University will make reasonable modifications in polices, practices, or procedures when the modifications are necessary to avoid discrimination on the basis of disability; provided however, no modifications will be made that will fundamentally alter the nature of the services, program, or activity.
Receiving accommodations
To receive accommodations, students must make an appointment to register with the Office of Disability Support Services.
Follow these steps:
  1. Make an appointment with the Office of Disability Support Services as soon as possible, ideally a minimum of six weeks before services are required. 
  2. Provide written documentation (see Guidelines for Documentation) detailing the disability underlying the request, including the specific accommodation requested. 
  3. After reasonable accommodations are determined, the DSS office will prepare the Faculty Notification Letters (FNL) that list accommodations approved by DSS. Students must request accommodations prior to the beginning of every semester by submitting the online form OR using the form available in the DSS office.
  4. Students are responsible for picking up Faculty Notification Letters the first week of classes to deliver to the faculty. Students should schedule an appointment with their professors and discuss specific arrangements for reasonable accommodations. Revealing your diagnosis to faculty is not required but sharing information about how the disability impacts your learning can give the professor insight into teaching methods helpful to you.
You will not be required to meet with a DSS advisor for future semesters unless your condition has changed and you want to adjust your accommodations. However, you will still need to complete steps 3 and 4.

Diagnostic testing
The OU Counseling Center, located in Graham Health Center, provides testing and assessment that document the existence of a disability. If testing is required, it is necessary for the student to make arrangements with the center. Students can also get resources for testing and assessment through their primary care physician.  

Priority registration
Priority registration allows students with disabilities the option of enrolling early for university courses. One day before  regular registration begins each semester is designated as priority registration for DSS students. The exact dates of priority registration are posted in the DSS office and a broadcast email notifies DSS students. Priority registration is considered ended when regular early registration begins for all students.